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Picnic at Bents Basin

Saturday, 1 January 2011 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / New South Wales / National Parks
Isabella stormed into our bedroom this morning declaring that she'd like to go for a picnic and a swim and that she'd love us forever and ever if we took her. Not wanting to turn down eternal devotion, we went.

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

Saturday, 2 May 2009 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / New South Wales / National Parks
We took a day trip to Woolemi national park - mainly just a drive up Putty Road and a few stops along the road.

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

We've spent so many weekends at home that we had to get out today, and the nearest location you can do that is the Blue Mountains. We packed Isabella, some food and the camera in the car and headed to Katoomba via the tourist drive. We stopped on the way home and walked to Princes Rock lookout at Wentworth Falls. Isabella loved the sound of the falls and jumping in the puddles on the path.

Watagan Mountains and Yengo National Park

Friday, 17 February 2006 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / New South Wales / National Parks
I took a drive north up the F3 until I got to Wyong and headed west looking for the trail going into Yengo National Park, and the raod that goes via Wisemans Ferry through St Albans. I did two complete loops, one through the Wtagan State Forest, and the second through Yengo NP via Wollombi and Wyong.

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

Sunday, 25 December 2005 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / New South Wales / National Parks
Bud, Mum and Dad and I all trooped off to the Royal National Park on Boxing Day, apparently where everyone else in Sydney was, the traffic into the park was horrible!

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

Sunday, 4 December 2005 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / New South Wales / National Parks
We took a drive up to Barrington Tops, about 3 hours north of Sydney. You take the Bucketts Way just before the first Myall Lakes turnoff, and follow it up into the mountains around Gloucester.

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

Saturday, 26 November 2005 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / New South Wales / National Parks
Took Bud to the Blue Moutains for a drive today, she's been talking about going there ever since the subject of Sydney came up, so it was a spectacularly easy no-brainer after one quick look at the blue sky this morning.

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

Sunday, 2 January 2005 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / New South Wales / National Parks
I took Bug for a drive up to Seal Rocks via the Myall Lakes National Park. There are two delightful tourist drives that go through the Myall Lakes, one starting just north of Karuah the other starting just north of Bulahdelah. The first section takes your along the coast and near Mungo Brush, and there is a ferry to cross which is very cute.

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.

Sunday, 26 December 2004 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / New South Wales / National Parks
I took mum and dad for a drive south west of Sydney to the Thirlmere Lakes N.P. and the lookout above. The lookout brings you a view of the tail end of the Blue Mountains N.P. and the start of a Nattai N.P. A breathtaking view.

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

Friday, 10 December 2004 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / New South Wales / National Parks
I drove my friend Zoe to Springwood so that she could meet her new kitten. Zoe's buying a Russian Blue and the kittens are still not quite ready to go home yet. Absolutely beautiful cats, sleek and muscular - bigger than the Korat's I've owned. They have a very 'big cat' look to them, high shoulders, low head and long face. They have a very predator like stance. Stunning animals.

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.