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South Coast Trip – Day 3

Tuesday 27th April 2021
We headed off early today at 7.35am as Mum was due at Gosford for her dialysis at 2.30pm. We had a lovely drive through Kangaroo Valley but unfortunately the views were hidden by the fog. We then went through Fitzroy Falls and Mittagong before heading to the North Connex. We arrived back at Mum’s at 1pm with plenty of time for her to get to dialysis. A great weekend away shared with Mum and David. Loved it!!

South Coast Trip – Day 2

Monday 26th April 2021

We left the Windmill Motel at Woonona and headed to Wollongong Central where we did a little walk to see the street art. As always we are amazed at how much talent there is on such a large scale. Very impressive. We then went to Hill 60 Lookout at Port Kembla and Bass Point, Shell Cove. Once again we were blessed with a gorgeous day weatherwise.

We then headed to the Minnamurra Rainforest Centre where we enjoyed a short walk through the rainforest and had a little lunch break in the car. We then stopped at Saddleback Mountain Lookout in Kiama where we could see right out to the coast.

We then continued south to Hyams Beach where David unbelievably had a swim and then on to Blenheim Beach. The white sands meet the beautiful blue water here and are quite spectacular but unfortunately it was a bit late and the sun was on its way down so we missed this by about 30minutes. Oh well, maybe next time.

We then drove via Vincentia to our accommodation at the Huskisson Beach Motel. After a little rest we went for a lovely dinner at Stonegrill Huskisson which was a short walk from our hotel. We all enjoyed a beautiful meal that we cooked on the Stone Grill. Yummy!

South Coast Trip – Day 1

Sunday 25th April 2021
After a delayed departure ensuring I didn’t have Covid yesterday we set of on our little adventure with Mum very early today at about 8.30am.

Our first stop was Bundeena wharf/jetty at the entrance to the Royal National Park in Sydney. It was a beautiful drive and Mum has never been here. We had a nice walk around the rocks and watched the ferry from Cronulla arrive as this is the start of the Bundeena to Otford Coastal Track. As this is an overnight walk we would like to do in the future we drove around to check out the campground. We then continued on to Garie Beach for an ice cream stop and to enjoy the view. This was a very open beach with a bit of surf and patrolled by SLS. We then continued the beautiful drive through the Royal National Park, stopping at Governor Game lookout Royal in Lilyvale, then on to Otford Lookout, as we drove past the hang gliding take off point we saw a few hang gliders in the air. We continued down the hill to Stanwell Park Beach Reserve for lunch, watching the hang gliders land. It was a lovely morning of exploration.

After lunch we headed to Helensburgh to visit the Sri Venkateswara Temple which is Australia’s first Hindu Temple built in the traditional style of Hindu Temple architecture. It stands as an outstanding example of Hindu Temple Architectural Excellence. Located in a bushland setting, it serves as an impressive local landmark. It was being visited by many people from India, all in their traditional dress. It was very colourful and glamourous. We were one of the few white people here. Unfortunately no photos can be taken in the temple but as always it was adorned with gold and the usual opulence of the Hindu temples overseas.

We then headed to Berkeley to the Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere. Nan Tien is very different from most tourist attractions because there is so much on offer. The visual delights of grand architecture, art and culture including unique exhibitions and festivals, Buddhist festivals, vegetarian culinary delights, educational and healthy lifestyle classes and retreats, accommodation, top-class conference and auditorium facilities. There is also the spiritual and religious experience that is unforgettable and even life-changing for some. Also unfortunately, we were unable to book in to stay the night there as they had no availability, so we just enjoyed the walk around the grounds, went in the temples and enjoyed the peacefulness of the area.

At the end of a very full day we went to our hotel at Woonona (the Windmill Hotel), which fortunately they were happy to transfer our booking from the previous day because of our itinerary change. It was a great day.