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New South Wales

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:01 am

Greetings,

In late July / early August I'm going with my wife and 5 year old son on a 14-day road-trip up north into New South Wales. Whilst there, we'll be staying at Wollongong, Sydney, Blue Mountains and Canberra.

I was just wondering if, for anyone who has either lived in or visited NSW before, what places or things to do would be worth adding to the itinerary, which are within the vicinity of any of the above places?

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Re: New South Wales

Postby Ben » Tue Jun 30, 2009 2:25 am

Hi Retro

The Blue Mountains are one of my most favourite places in the world. I grew up in the town (suburb) at the base of the mountains and I lived on the Nepean River in Penrith. I recommend that you go to Katoomba and check out the three sisters. Also at the main strip of Katoomba should be the Paragon Cafe which is worth a visit for their home-made chocolates.

There are a number short easy bushwalks you could do around Katoomba and Wentworth Falls. The Hydro Majestic Hotel (at Leura) was the base of the American Forces during WW2 and is a beautiful old art-deco building and has stellar views out across the Jamieson Valley. Of course, Vipassana Meditation Centre Blackheath (Dhammabhumi) is located on Station Road, Blackheath and is worth a visit if they are not holding a course. Also at Blackheath and across the rail-line and a couple of km to the north is the famous Govett's Leap. Keep in mind that if you are going to the top of the Blue Mountains this time of year it can get very cold and snows there sometimes during winter.

I'll get back to with some other suggestions of places to visit on the way up to, and around Sydney, later today - as my break's about to end.
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Re: New South Wales

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:00 pm

Greetings Ben and Pilgrim,

Thanks for the tips... I've given Mrs. Retro a link to this topic so she can have a look at the responses and see what we can manage to do in the time available, keeping in mind our different accommodation bases at various points throughout the trip.

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Re: New South Wales

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:07 am

Greetings,

Just a quick note to let everyone know I'm heading off this road trip early tomorrow morning, so my participation here will be down a bit... though my wife will probably take the laptop and modem, so I'll be sure to drop in every now and then, maybe with some updates.

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Re: New South Wales

Postby Cittasanto » Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:30 am

Blue mountains and obviously the caves are great try the water!
I was only in the area for a couple of days but sydney docks have a lovely japaneese style garden which I wish I had the time to look around I was mainly up the gold coast side of NSW in 94 so hope all goes well on your trip.
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Re: New South Wales

Postby cooran » Thu Jul 23, 2009 8:28 am

Hello Retro,

Have a safe and relaxing trip, and try to keep in touch - take photos for us.

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Re: New South Wales

Postby Ben » Thu Jul 23, 2009 9:20 am

Have a great trip!
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Re: New South Wales

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:33 am

Greetings,

Pictures and stories of our Road Trip adventures are on my son's blog...

http://bennettcarterdavy.blogspot.com/

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Re: New South Wales

Postby appicchato » Sun Aug 09, 2009 8:37 am

Well done Paul... :smile:
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Re: New South Wales

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:18 am

Well organized! Who needs scrap books anymore? That is a great way to preserve the memories. Virtually no chance of being 'lost in the fire' too.
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Re: New South Wales

Postby Ben » Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:32 am

THanks Paul
I;m glad that you and your family had a wonderful holiday together.
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Re: New South Wales

Postby christopher::: » Sun Aug 09, 2009 1:04 pm

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

Pictures and stories of our Road Trip adventures are on my son's blog...

http://bennettcarterdavy.blogspot.com/

Metta,
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Wonderful, Paul~~

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