Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Impressed by Sojourn to the South

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Impressed by Sojourn to the South

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Byline: Mollie Butler

IT'S back to the desk after a three-week break.

The weather was quite chilly and for once we used all of our winter clothes and only the summer ones on the first and last day of travel.

It has been years since we have been to the Blue Mountains and chose to miss Sydney by using the recommended Putty Road.

Yes, it was quiet but debatable whether it is quicker, especially if you miss the shortcut around Penrith.

Anyway the weather was lovely and we were able to check out a lovely garden at Leura and found a motel recommended by the older gent on the front desk of the RSL Club.

It was close to the Three Sisters Lookout and opposite a chocolate shop.

Driving to the lookout proved a nightmare for parking, with none of the meters working properly, so if possible it is best to walk.

At Katoomba we went to The Edge movie, one of those fantastic six-storey theatres where you "flew"over the mountains and saw the Wollomai pine trees - quite magic. Bus loads of Asian tourists were really enthralled.

At Blackheath the rhododendron garden was superb, and Lithgow is much bigger and more interesting than I had imagined.

From here to Canberra via Bathurst, Blaney and Cowra - the paddocks were a rich tapestry of many shades of green and gold, with healthy crops and fat sheep, a vast contrast to our last visit, but many areas still had very little water in dams or creeks.

In Canberra we visited the new Portrait Gallery, which is well worth a look, and of course Floriade was still in full swing with wall-to-wall people.

Despite the number of photos I took last year the camera was clicking away again, and a complete stranger started talking to me, quickly revealing she had gone to school at Armidale with the former manager of Murwillumbah Swimming Pool. Incredible isn't it?

Leaving Canberra it was on to Bendigo via the fruit factory outlet at Shepparton.

Here we took the Talking Tram trip around the city, took more flower photos in the park and got lost getting on the highway to St Anaud.

On through Horsham, another lovely city - there seems to be plenty of new shops and houses in many of these inland cities. …

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