Picnic at Bents Basin
We drove down to Bents Basin (about 50km south west of us in Sydney).
Isabella and Annabel both love being outside, and today was no exception. They swam, they ran, they looked for cicadas, they ate, all like it was going to be gone tomorrow.
As the thunderclouds began to build in the west, we headed home. We didn't even make it out of the park before they were both sound asleep in the car.
Wollemi National Park
I took a wander up one of the creek beds near the road and found some amazing nooks you don't see from the road.
Blue Mountains daytrip
Watagan Mountains and Yengo National Park
It started out as a lovely day around lunchtime, but as teh afternoon wore on, storm clouds began to build. I got absolutely bucketted on while driving on gravel roads in Yengo NP, so it made for some interesting driving.
Typical lack of decent signs meant that I had to backtrack a couple of time - roads going through National Parks and State Forests frequently just come to a dead end, or more usually, stop at the boundary of private property and a locked gate - but you aren't told that at the start. Oh well.
It was a very pleasant day out amoungst the trees. Lots of Red Gums and Flood Gums to keep my company, and more than enough dirt roads for the day. Finished off with a rip accross Wisemans Ferry over the Hawkesberry River.
Royal National Park, Sydney
We had lunch at one of the more remote spots, made quieter by the fact that you had to drive a 4 km dirt road to get there - at least it kept the BMW's out.
We then drove around to the walk to Marley's Head, and walked out to the cliff top. Nice day for a walk, about 26, dry and a gentle breeze.
There were a lot of people out for the day at the head, watching the yatchs from the Sydney to Hobart go by.
Barrington Tops, NSW North Coast
There has obviously been a lot of recent rain, all of the normaly dry fords were running well, some with a good 6 inchs of water over them - made for some interesting driving and a few nice and cool feet splashing moments.
We stopped and had lunch at the Gloucester Tops camp ground, and then drove up most of the way to Barrington Tops walk before turning back.
A great day.
Blue Mountains, Sydney
Quite a pleasent drive up, even for a Saturday. Looks like all the roadworks they've been doing has paid off.
We stopped at Echo Point for the Three Sisters, and then I took Bud on the old coal Railway to the valley floor, we walked to Katoomba Falls, which were magnificent after the recent rain - the rainforest close and cool and fresh.
We walked along the forest boardwalk, and took the cablecar back up.
Myall Lakes N.P., Seal Rocks
The second section winds it way amoung the lakes and the ocean, offering some stunning views of the water and forest. A short way into the second section is the Grandis - the tallest tree in NSW. The Grandis is a mightly flood gum and really has to be seen to get a feel for how grand it truly is. The Grandis is at the end of a delightful dirt road that winds it way up through the dense forest.
We finished off the day with a swim at Seal Rocks, about halfway along the second section of the tourist drive. Seal rocks is magic, and the day was sunny and hot, the water cool and plesant and the beach nearly deserted.
Thirlmere Lakes N.P.
Futher down in the Thirlmere Lakes N.P. is a lovely day trip spot with an excellent swimming spot along one of the lakes - full of tea tree colour and children.
A beautiful day.
Blue Mountains - The Three Sisters
After visiting with the kittens we drove on to Katoomba and to the mountains tourist drive, and found a nice lookout with a fantastic view of the Three Sisters. The normal Katoomba lookout just doesn't give you a view this good - its very curious why its even there.
The day dawned perfectly blue sky and nice and cool. It progressed to fluffy white clouds and warm - a amrvelous day to out with the trees, and to have the sunroof open.