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SYDNEY - AUSTRALIA'S PRIME DESTINATION

Hubby Grew up Here

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IF I HAD NOT BEEN BACK TO SYDNEY IN 2016 I WOULD NOT HAVE ANY PHOTOS TO SHOW YOU. SYDNEY IS THE PRIME AUSTRALIAN TOURIST DESTINATION. AND NO WONDER.... WITH IT'S FABULOUS HARBOUR, OPERA HOUSE, BRIDGE, TARONGA ZOO AND LOVELY CITY SKYLINE.

WE MOVED TO SYDNEY WHEN I WAS 16. MUM AND DAD WERE GETTING OLDER AND WANTED THE FAMILY TO BE CLOSER TOGETHER. MY BROTHER AND HIS FAMILY LIVED IN SYDNEY AND I THINK DAD WAS GETTING TIRED OF THE DRIVE AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR FROM BRISBANE TO SYDNEY.

SYDNEY WAS WHERE I MET HUBBY.

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HUBBY AND I BOUGHT OUR FIRST HOUSE AT A PLACE CALLED KINCUMBER ON THE CENTRAL COAST. WE BOTH WORKED IN SYDNEY SO THAT MEANT LONG DAYS TRAVELLING 1 1/2HRS EACH WAY ON THE TRAIN. IT WAS PRETTY COOL HAVING OUR FIRST HOUSE.... EVEN THOUGH WE COULDN'T AFFORD TO CARPET SOME OF THE ROOMS. LIVING NEAR THE BEACH WAS GREAT TOO. AVOCA AND COPACABANA BEACHES WERE THE CLOSEST. OUR DAUGHTER KELLI WAS BORN HERE AT GOSFORD HOSPITAL.

THINGS WERE GOING PRETTY GOOD UNTIL THE INTEREST RATES WENT UP TO 18 3/4 PERCENT. THAT KILLED US AND WE HAD NO QUALITY OF LIFE.... JUST STRESS. SO WE SOLD UP AND MOVED ON FOR A MUCH SIMPLER AND HAPPIER LIFESTYLE.

THESE DAYS WE ARE MUCH HAPPY TO RENT WHICH IS SO MUCH CHEAPER. THE EXTRA CASH ALLOWS US TO LIVE MORE COMFORTABLY AND SUBSIDISES OUR TRAVEL ADDICTION :)

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aussirose last day at work in the Freight Department of Sydney Railways in an office above Central Station

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THINGS TO DO IN SYDNEY - IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER.

MANLY BEACH - IN MY OPINION BETTER THAN BONDI.

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TARONGA ZOO - WITH IT'S FABULOUS VIEWS OVER SYDNEY HARBOUR.

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THE ROCKS - COBBLED STONE STREETS, VICTORIAN BUILDINGS, MARKETS AND RESTAURANTS.

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CIRCULAR QUAY - RESTAURANTS, BUSKERS, FERRY TERMINALS, OPERA HOUSE AND HARBOUR BRIDGE.

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BOTANICAL GARDENS - TAKE TIME OUT FOR A PICNIC. LOCATED NEAR THE OPERA HOUSE.

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QUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING - ICONIC WALK THROUGH SHOPPING MALL.

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STRAND ARCADE - PUTS OUR PERTH LONDON COURT TO SHAME :)

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WATSONS BAY - BEST RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE IN SYDNEY.

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LUNA PARK - JUST FOR FUN.

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BLUE MOUNTAINS - 3 SISTERS, SCENIC WORLD AND CAVES.

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SYDNEY IS ALSO THE PLACE TO GO FOR CRUISING THE SOUTH PACIFIC. IT'S A MAGICAL FEELING SAILING OUT OF THE MOST PICTURESQUE HARBOUR IN THE WORLD AT SUNSET :)

2016 SYDNEY CARNIVAL CRUISE TO THE SOUTH PACIFIC ISLANDS OF NEW CALEDONIA

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NEXT UP - HUNTER VALLEY WINERIES, BARRINGTON TOPS, CENTRAL COAST.

Posted by aussirose 18:52 Archived in Australia Tagged opera_house sydney travellerspoint harbour_bridge luna_park taronga_zoo the_rocks manly blog circular_quay aussirose watsons_bay strand_arcade queen_victoria_building sydney_botanical_gardens Comments (2)

SHORT HOLIDAYS OUT OF SYDNEY

Goulburn farm holiday, Hunter Valley Wineries, Central Coast beaches, Barrington Tops Mountains

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THIS BLOG IS MORE ABOUT OLD MEMORIES. HOWEVER AS USUAL I WILL PROVIDE LINKS TO THESE PLACES AND THINGS TO SEE AND DO.

BELOW ARE 4 DIFFERENT HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS NO MORE THEN 4 HOURS FROM SYDNEY. I SUGGEST THAT YOU STAY AT LEAST 2 TO 3 DAYS AT YOUR DESTINATION CHOICE IN ORDER TO ENJOY THE COUNTRY SURROUNDINGS.

GOULBURN YURT FARM

THIS IS A GREAT LITTLE FAMILY HOLIDAY. OVERSEAS VISITORS ESPECIALLY LOVE IT HERE BECAUSE YOU GET TO EXPERIENCE AUSSIE FARM LIFE AND ENJOY HOME COOKED MEALS WITH FRESH INGREDIENTS.

THE MOST UNIQUE THING HERE THOUGH IS THE ACCOMMODATION. YURTS. CLICK THE ABOVE TO LEARN ALL ABOUT THEM.

WE STAYED HERE WITH A VIEW TO SEEING WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO STAY IN A YURT. WE WERE THINKING OF BUILDING OUR OWN YURT WHEN WE MADE THE BIG MOVE TO NIMBIN UP NORTHERN NSW. THE THING I LOVED THE MOST WAS VIEWING THE STARS THROUGH THE BIG DOME IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOF. YURTS ARE AN INTERESTING WAY TO BUILD. THERE ARE NO INTERNAL WALLS IN THE ROUND HOUSE AND YOU CAN ADD ON BY KEEP BUILDING AROUND. THEY COME IN KIT FORM AND ARE MUCH CHEAPER THAN CONVENTIONAL HOMES. I LIKE THE IDEA OF USING CEDAR TOO. LOVE LOG HOMES :)

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HUNTER VALLEY - WINE COUNTRY

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF DAY TRIPS FROM SYDNEY TO THE HUNTER VALLEY HOWEVER IT'S MUCH NICER AND MORE RELAXED TO STAY IN THE VALLEY. WE HAVE STAYED TWICE. THE FIRST TIME AT BELFORD CABINS IN THE BUSH AND ANOTHER TIME AT THE HUNTER RESORT IN SMALL APARTMENT LIKE ACCOMMODATION. BOTH HAVE THEIR ADVANTAGES.

THE FIRST TIME WE DID A BALLOONING TRIP. THIS WAS A FIRST FOR US..... AND WHAT WONDERFUL SCENERY LOOKING OVER THE VINEYARDS FROM A BALLOON :)

BELFORD COUNTRY CABINS - A LOT OF FABULOUS IMPROVEMENTS SINCE WE VISITED.

BALLOON ALOFT - HUNTER

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HUNTER RESORT - LOOKS SO MUCH MORE SOPHISTICATED SINCE WE WERE HERE BUT STILL A GOOD PRICE.

HUBBY AND I DID A WINE APPRECIATION COURSE HERE AND STILL HAVE OUR CERTIFICATE.

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MY FAVOURITE WINERIES ARE CONSTABLE & HERSON FOR WHITE AND BLUEBERRY HILL FOR RED. DRAYTONS IS GOOD FOR A TAWNY PORT.
I'D FORGET LINDEMANS AND MCWILLIAMS. FUNNY HOW THE WINERIES US LOCAL AUSSIES ARE NOT FUSSED WITH SELL SO WELL OVERSEAS.
ALL THE MORE REASON TO VISIT AND TASTE OUR BOUTIQUE WINES WHICH ARE SO MUCH BETTER :)

AND MISTLETOE WINERY HAS A NICE ROSE. MISTLETOE HANGING OFF THE TREES IN THE AREA IS PRETTY. BUT THE PLANT IS CLASSED AS A WEED BECAUSE IT ATTACHES TO A HOST TREE AND SUCKS THE LIFE OUT OF IT... BIT LIKE THE STRANGLER FIG. HOWEVER IT DOES HAVE A PART TO PLAY IN PROVIDING NUTRICIOUS FOOD FOR KOALAS, BATS, BUTTERFLIES AND BIRDS ETC.

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BELFORD HAS THE SMALLEST RAILWAY STATION I'VE SEEN :)

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BARRINGTON TOPS

YOU MAY WANT TO INCORPORATE YOUR WINERY TRIP WITH STAYING A FEW DAYS IN THE MOUNTAINS. BARRINGTON TOPS IS LOCATED A LITTLE NORTH OF THE HUNTER VALLEY. WE HAD A WONDERFUL FAMILY HOLIDAY HERE STAYING IN A CABIN AT THE GUESTHOUSE. SADLY... BARRINGTON GUESTHOUSE IS NO MORE. IT GOT BURNT DOWN A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO.

IT WAS OUR FIRST EXPERIENCE STAYING AT A HUGE GUESTHOUSE WITH LOVELY LARGE SHADY VERANDAH OVERLOOKING THE VALLEY BELOW.
IT HAD EVERYTHING GOING FOR IT INCLUDING GREAT GUESTHOUSE BUFFET MEALS, BUSH WALKS, COLD MOUNTAIN STREAMS AND AN AWESOME NATURAL WATERSLIDE INTO THE DEEP ROCK POOL BELOW. THEY ALSO ARRANGED NIGHT BUSH WALKS TO SEE THE NOCTURNAL ANIMALS.

AUSTRALIA DEFINITELY HAS A NEED FOR MORE OF THIS TYPE OF FAMILY HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION. THE PEOPLE THAT WE MET CAME EVERY YEAR. IT WAS LIKE A WARM FAMILY GET TOGETHER :)

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CENTRAL COAST

THE CENTRAL COAST IS A GOOD GETAWAY FROM SYDNEY. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF BEACHES THAT ADD TO A GREAT SUMMER HOLIDAY. CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE TO CHECK OUT ALL OF THE THINGS YOU CAN EXPERIENCE AROUND THE CENTRAL COAST.

OUR FAVOURITE BEACHES WERE AVOCA AND MACMASTERS. AND FOR SECLUDED BEACHES, HEAD TO BOUDDI BEACH IN THE NATIONAL PARK OR KILLCARE BEACH. THE BEACH AT BATEAU BAY HAS NICE BIG ROLLING WAVES WITHOUT THE RIPPY WHITEWASH. THE ENTRANCE IS NICE FOR BUYING FISH AND CHIPS THEN WALKING ACROSS THE ROAD WHERE THE BEACH MEETS THE ESTUARY FOR A PICNIC. TERRIGAL IS NICE FOR AN AFTERNOON SWIM AND THEN DINING AT ONE OF THE FABULOUS RESTAURANTS.

OUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT CLOSE TO HOME WAS HARDYS BAY CLUB. THIS IS WHERE WE TOOK OUR VT FRIENDS ON THE LAST BIG VIRTUALTOURIST MEET IN 2016.

IF YOU ARE DRIVING TO THE CENTRAL COAST, I SUGGEST THAT YOU TAKE THE LONGER DETOUR AND DRIVE VIA WISEMANS FERRY. IT IS A PRETTY PLACE. YEARS AGO WE WOULD GO TO WISEMANS FERRY TO GO HORSE RIDING. A LOVELY PLACE ALONG THE HAWKESBURY RIVER.

SPEAKING OF THE HAWKESBURY RIVER.... IT'S WORTH MAKING A STOP HERE AS WELL. IF HEADING TO GOSFORD BY TRAIN.... KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED AFTER GOING THROUGH THE LONG TUNNEL. WHEN YOU COME OUT THE OTHER SIDE YOU ARE GREETED WITH STUNNING VIEWS OVER THE HAWKESBURY RIVER. IN FACT THE HAWKESBURY RIVER ITSELF IS A GREAT HOLIDAY DESTINATION. CHECK OUT THE HOUSEBOAT ACCOMMODATION HERE.

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TAMWORTH

JUST ONE LAST RECOMMENDATION. IF YOU LOVE COUNTRY MUSIC, THEN YOU SHOULD CONSIDER GOING TO TAMWORTH (THE HOME OF THE BIG GUITAR) FOR THE ANNUAL COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL HELD IN JANUARY. IT USUALLY COINCIDES WITH AUSTRALIA DAY END OF JANUARY. THIS IS A HUGE EVENT SO YOU NEED TO BOOK EARLY.

THE FESTIVAL IS ON MY MUST DO LIST. WE HAVE VISITED TAMWORTH A COUPLE OF TIMES .... BECAUSE HOWARD'S SISTER LIVES THERE. THEY OWN A FRESION HORSE STUD. TAMWORTH ALSO HAS SOME NICE ACTIVITIES TO DO APART FROM COUNTRY MUSIC. THERE IS A GREAT LOCAL WATER HOLE WHERE THE FRESH MOUNTAIN STREAM RUNS INTO AND WE ALSO WENT TO A BERRY FARM.

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Posted by aussirose 22:50 Archived in Australia Tagged travellerspoint blog hunter_valley tamworth central_coast aussirose avoca barrington_tops wisemans_ferry goulburn_yurt_farm hardys_bay_club hawkesbury_river Comments (3)

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