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the majestic Katoomba Falls hidden in the forest
The majestic and hidden Katoomba Falls are mainly accessible by visiting SCENICWORLD at Katoomba as you have to use the skycable or railway, both steep rides going to the various sights around Katoomba.
From there, you alight at one station where it is still a good 15-20 minutes walk down the falls.
Adjacent to the Scenic Railway is the new Sceniscender, the steepest aerial cable car in Australia. The Sceniscender takes you on a 545 metre ride into the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area rainforest of the Jamison valley. Also at the same site is the magnificent Scenic Skyway.
From either the two sky cable rides or railway, you must alight to be able to walk down the various scenic walks - to the Falls and other lookouts with the most amazing sights of Katoomba's forests and even the old coal mine.
The moderate exercises will give you a very good reward- the scenic bushwalk with the lush greenery at the bottom floor of the forest with lovely ferns, shurbs, more gum trees and other native Aussie species of plants and trees. Of course the ultimate reward is viewing Katoomba Falls hidden deep down the forest in Katoomba where the spectacular Blue Mountain ranges are. From there are more enchanting places to go to, each with its own stream, gully or lookout all with breathtaking sights.
Address: bet. Three Sisters & Scenic railway-Cliff Dr.
Directions: Bushwalkers may view the falls by descending Furber Steps, then either climbing back out or riding the Scenic Railway to the top. The less energetic will find that it is a short and easy walk from the base of the railway to the base of the falls.
Our own peaceful fishing spot
There are lots of superb areas to go fishing in the central coast and around Sydney but our family has found our own littlel fishing spot!
It is never crowded, in fact, we usually find the place all to ourselves at whatever season! So it is easy to find one's favourite spot if you're anywhere the central coast!
It has picnic facilities, ample parking though might be a bit hard to get during school holidays and public holidays. The best time to go are during off peak season even on weekends!
Address: W. Barrett Drive, The Entrance North
Directions: follow the signs to the F2 going to the central coast from the city of Sydney
the lighthouse near the city centre
Wollongong's location, climate and lifestyle give both tourist and locals alike amazing choices for recreational opportunities.
Visitors can spend their leisure time parasailing, windsurfing, fishing, sailing or scuba diving or just soaking in the beach atmosphere at its lovely unspoilt coastline.
Wollongong's superb, golden beaches are excellent for swimming and surfing too.
As always, picnic and barbecue areas abound so there is no shortage of where you can take your loved ones. Going to museums (science and other cultural ones) are a fave too for us. Go to the info office right at the heart of Wollongong. You won't miss it as there are signs directing visitors to the area. You must also visit the historical sites like the lighthouse.
People can climb a mountain or soar above the escarpment under a colourful hang glider and gracefully glide to the earth below.
Biking is also a popular sport here. Starting at Thirroul, the cycleway winds its way through spectacular scenery. The city boasts over 60 kilometres of shared cycleway. Not only is cycling an excellent recreational pursuit, it's a great way to explore the region.
Finally, don't miss going to the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple ( got a separate page on this!), for some peace and tranquility for your tired bodies and soul. Go grab a bite to eat at their authentic tea house! The food is to die for, and they're all vegetarian! The exquisite crockery adds to the memorable food experience there too!
Big & old kids having fun in the sand
The cold springweather didn't deter my kids in their fave pastime - playing in the sand, while hubby & I watched them, we just chilled out the cool weather huggled along the shores of the beach just a few steps from our cabin.
I am stressing that adults should not be complacent and think just because the cabin is nearby you can stay and let the kids go to the beach shore and play in the sand! That is a no-no! The waves can be tricky and become so big at such a short time you will never know what hit you or the kids so be vigilant!( oh this could be for the warning tip,LOL!)
Anyway, a trip to the beach is so cheap but can be the most memorable one for kids because of the experience with the family playing simply in the sand! Now that is priceless in my book!
Address: Gerringong and Werri BEaches, NSW
Other Contact: http://www.nswoceanbaths.info/po
Werri Beach Rock Pool, Gerringong
This place is teeming with pockets of beauty, especially the rock pool area at Werri Beach. You will be amazed at the spectacular views everywhere you look!
According to t he Kiama website, the rock poo irregular-shaped pool constructed in the rock shelf at the south end of Werri Beach with access via Pacific Avenue or Geering Street.
There is ample parking and there are change rooms and amenities on site. The pool has a smooth, sloping concrete floor and nearby is a separate concrete-formed children's wading pool. The pool and surrounding shelf are subject to natural wave action during high tides.
Being tidal pool, it opens to the ocean, and is subject to the same hazards and marine creatures that are common to natural rock shelves with the result that wave action may introduce marine stingers and other creatures into the pool. During periods of high seas large waves may enter the poolmaking it unsafe for swimming. Any damage to the pool surrounds or requests for information should be referred to Council's Engineering & Works department.
Address: Pacific or Geering St, Gerringong
rich bushland at Wollemi National Park
Your trip to OZ will not be complete without going bushwalking, one of the most common way to enjoy the Aussie bush! Our family loves to go bushwalking usually in the winter but we got to attend a bush wedding at the Wollemi National Park, at Kurrajong, about an hour's drive from us in Northwest Sydney. So we went exploring and bushwalking in our casual summer wedding outfits! The bush weddign was very casual and as long as we got hats on, it was all systems go!
There was a creek near the wedding site and we found out it is part of the Wollemi National Park itself. Of course aside from the thick gum trees around, there were a variety of Aussie native shrubs as well!
The walk was pleasant despite the heat as the trees shaded us anyway. The water from the creek was refreshing plus we didn't need to use the portable toilets as well,LOL!
Address: Wollemi NAtional PArk, near Kurrajong
Directions: access this from Kurrajong, from Bells Line of Road, other side of the Blue Mtns
in front of a cargo helicopter at the air show
The Royal Australian Air Force Base in Richmond is less than an hour from us and last October, we attended an air show there. It was fantastic! We were able to get up close and personal with lots of brave and goodlooking ari force men and women and most importantly got to see all the latest aviation products on offer and use by the Air Force either for combat or for peace keeping and other humanitarian efforts.
The security was so tight we had to drive to the nearest train station, then we we reached a town before Rishmond, we were ushered into buses which took us outside the base. The place is huge and is home to the Royal Australian Air Force and their families. There is ample housing for all the personnel and staff of the RAAF.
It was fun watching the air maneuvers and the sky show of the various fighter planes and also skydiving teams..the show was awesome and the whole family had a great time there despite the cold weather! We got very close to some F1's, cargo planes, choppers, etc..I shall look for more pictures from my husband's files and post them soon!
Some of the units here are:
Unit name ↓ FEG ↓ Aircraft ↓
Headquarters Air Lift Group Air Lift Group
No. 44 Wing Detachment Richmond Surveillance and Response Group
Headquarters No. 84 Wing Air Lift Group
Headquarters No. 85 Wing Air Lift Group
Headquarters No. 86 Wing Air Lift Group
No. 22 Squadron Combat Support Group
No. 33 Squadron Air Lift Group B707
No. 37 Squadron Air Lift Group C-130H and C-130J
No. 285 Squadron Air Lift Group
Headquarters No. 1 Air Terminal Squadron Combat Support Group
No. 1 Air Terminal Squadron Detachment Richmond Combat Support Group
No. 1 Combat Communications Squadron Combat Support Group
No. 3 Combat Support Hospital Combat Support Group
No. 386 Expeditionary Combat Support Squadron Combat Support Group
Air Command Band Combat Support Group
Air Movements Training & Development Unit Air Lift Group
Combat Support Unit - Richmond Combat Support Group
Address: Richmond Air BAse, between Windsor and Richmond
Directions: It is around 1.5 hrs Northwest of Sydney
My family with Isa at Olympic Park
Around Sydney, I came to meet up with several vters- Hailun, Dan, Kashi (mallyak), Ayurin and Hiro, and I-S-A.
These meets usually also take place with my family in tow so I get to exchange pleasantries with my lovely family supporting me. It is always good to be among kindred spirits, our love of travelling put us all together!
My first one was at picturesque Katoomba with Helen and Dan (more on my Katoomba/Australia page), then at Star City's garden Buffet with mallyak (Kashi) wsho happens to be the Sous Chef at GArden Buffet (I have more of these on my Sydney restaurant page).
Get up close and personal with cuddly koalas
Get up close and personal with gorgeous koalas and handfeed kangaroos in a most amazing bush setting. There are more than two thousand creatures, both great and small- you find find them all fascinating in this popular place. There are wallabies, emus, platypuses, wombats,birds , etc.
Around 40 species of reptiles species at its Reptilian Pavilion alone will leave you with a genuine wildlife experience! Also, about 30 species of endangered or vulnerable animals are on exhibits.
Aside from being an educational and fun experience for people of all ages, this park also caters to families with young children, through its Koala Kids' Club. There are picnic tables, barbecue facilities, a cafe and kiosks selling drinks , ice cream and light snacks.
We've come here several times over the years as it is a good 15 minute drive from our place!
Address: 217 Kildare Road , Doonside, New South Wales 27
Other Contact: http://www.about-australia.com/t
the mighty Hawksbury River as viewed from the farm
This place is less than an hour from our place at the Hills area, and is near Windsor and Richmond so the bonus is passing through lush green surroundings and typical farms- vegetable and fruit fields along the way. It is also along the Hawksbury River.
Aside from the enourmous collection of butterflies amassed by the private collector, who is the original owner of this place, there are picnic tables and other amenities for families to enjoy the beauty of the Hawksbury River.
This place is also a good spot for water sports like water skiing and there were a few people who were brave enough to indulge in this sports despite the cool weather at that time. I can imagine this place would be packed in the summer as there's also a swimming pool and function rooms for parties, etc. There is accommodation available for groups too. But even those with caravans can also stay at the huge grounds of the place. It has another attraction aside from the butterfly collection, the INDY KART track and racing nearby, which is part of this local tourist attraction.
We had a picnic after visiting the butterfly farm which also has a few cages of birds outside the park. A playground is on hand to amuse both the young ones and young at heart like me as we enjoyed the huge swings! We had ice cream bought from the kiosk/cafe.
Address: 446 Wilberforce Rd Wilberforce NSW 2756
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