Sep 19 We have to be in Melbourne on Oct 1 to catch the ferry to Tasmania. So we start the trip south with a 1 night stay at Toowoon Bay near The Entrance, which is located about 2 hours north of Sydney on the NSW Central Coast where the magnificent Tuggerah Lake meets the Pacific Ocean. The area is known for its abundance of pelicans which are fed daily.
Sep 20 We take the chance of a stop in Sydney to catch up with Sheila, Siobhan’s best friend from Ireland. We cannot believe the amount of traffic in Sydney and are thankful we do not have to face it every day. Siobhan visits Sheila for a major catch up.
Sep 21,22 We head to Canberra for a 2 night stay. The annual spring flower festival, The Floriade, is on and we spend some time looking at the beautiful flowers. We also visit the Australian War Memorial which is a fantastic museum of history of the Australian military. The weather during the day was a lovely sunny 20 degs … but at night it reached 0 degs – the first time ever our 4 wheel drive had seen ice on the windscreen !!
Sep 23, 24 Continuing our journey south we stop at Bateman’s Bay for 2 nights. Situated on the banks of the Clyde River, it is famous for its oysters, which we sampled at a local seafood restaurant on the water. We visited the local Moruya country markets. The town is famous for its large inticately carved wooden statues throughout the town’s main street. (Sorry, forgot the camera that day !!) Moruya is also famous for supplying the granite used in the piers of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.