After one of the shortest trips we have had, we head back home. The weather is closing in (rain) so we go east to the coast and then north with stops in Yamba and Nambucca Heads. Next trip will be north for the Wintersun Golf around Yeppoon in Queensland.
March 12 to 18. After a one night free camp outside the Merriwa RSL, we head to Muswellbrook for our second full week of golf at the very picturesque Muswellbrook Golf Club. This week was a little more successful. Lawrie, our fellow traveller from Pelican Waters, won Day 2 B Grade and Siobhan came third in the 54 hole, 3 day Ladies Championship. Bob did also manage a nearest the pin one day. History was made this week – Siobhan and Bob achieved the same playing handicap for the first time – see photo of scorecard. Siobhan is improving and Bob isn’t. The Bowls Club beckons for Bob !
March 3 to 11. Time to head to Orange for our first week of golf. After 2 free camps on the way at Lake Wallace and Macquarie Woods, we book in to the caravan park and catch up with friends we had met last year at other golf weeks. We also join up with Lawrie and Carol, our fellow travellers from Pelican Waters. The golf results do not require detailing, lets just say we all finished in the middle of the field. The tournament was well organised and we played 3 different golf courses over the 4 days.
March 1 and 2. We spend 2 nights at Katoomba in the heart of the blue mountains, whose foothills start about 50 Kms west of Sydney. Why the Blue Mountains ? The numerous eucalyptus trees emit their oil which gives the whole area a blueish haze. One of the most famous views is that of the ‘Three Sisters’, a stunning rock formation. The commonly told legend of the Three Sisters is that three sisters, Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo, lived in the Jamison Valley as members of the Katoomba tribe. They fell in love with three men from the neighbouring Nepean tribe, but marriage was forbidden by tribal law. The brothers were not happy to accept this and so decided to use force to capture the three sisters. A major tribal battle ensued, and the sisters were turned to stone by an elder to protect them, but he was killed in the fighting and no one else could turn them back.
Feb 26 to 29. Back to Lane Cove River Caravan Park for four nights to visit Sydney. We take a bus trip around the city and beaches (something Bob never did when he lived there.) Learnt lots. We also revisit our wedding venue and take a selfie. Chatswood Golf Club has not changed in the twenty plus years since Bob was a member. We spend a lovely lunch at Darling Harbour with Sheila, Rory and Jack, old friends from Dublin.
How’s this for a view of the harbour ?
Thurs Feb 25. We stop at a favourite free camp at Wingham, just outside Taree. At least, it used to be a favourite until 15 million fruit bats or flying foxes decided to add it to their roosting calendar. The photos do not do the noise and smell justice but they do show the numbers. We also have a game of golf at Taree Golf Club which was very pretty but also very hot.
Tues Feb 23. Having spent the last 3 months at home, it feels great to be hitting the road again. This time it is only a short trip for about 6 weeks or so. We are heading south into New South Wales to play some golf. There are 2 weeks of golf we have entered – one in Orange and one in Muswellbrook. We should be back home just after Easter.
First night stop is just on the NSW border at Tweed Heads. We play our first game on the River Course at Coolangatta Tweed Heads, a lovely course running along the river.