New South Wales Journals

The Scenic Central Coast of NSW

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A travel journal to New South Wales by auskiwi

Chittaway Creek Photo, New South Wales, Australia More Photos
Quote: The Central Coast of New South Wales, in Australia, has something to offer most people, those including beaches, night clubs, large shopping centres, boat criuses on the many waterways, Old Sydney Town and the Australian Reptile Park.

Australian Shark and Ray Centre

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Attraction | "The Shark and Ray Centre"

Australian Shark and Ray Centre Photo, Port Stephens, New South Wales
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The Shark and Ray Centre at Bobs Farm, Port Stephens is a great place to stop for a couple of hours if you want to hand feed and/or get up and close to a number of species of sharks and rays. Great for kids - although some are a little wary of the hungry fish at first - hell, even some of the adults are.The entry price is $29.50 for adults - cheaper for kids and pensioners - for the price you get entry to the centre and get a cup of free food as you can hand feed the critters. Extra food is available at $3 per cup.You can pay an extra $15 per person and get a wetsuit or waders and get up and personnal with the fish in the pools.They have a number of harmless species...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 14, 2012

Australian Shark and Ray Centre
686 Marsh Road
Bobs Farm, Port Stephens, NSW
(02)4982 2476

Australia Day - Wyong River Photo, New South Wales, Australia
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We had my Dad over this year – from the 23rd January till 26th January – it was good to have him stay with us for the weekend up until Australia Day. We didn’t really get up to much. We went over to the Entrance for a spot of lunch and a quick visit to a couple of shops on the Sunday. On the Monday Dale had to work so we had a quite day at home and I took Dad to the beach at Bateau Bay for a swim in the afternoon. On the Tuesday, Australia Day, we went down the road to the Wyong River with about 4 other families and had a BBQ lunch and the kids’ hooned around in Dale’s boat until the gears went in the outboard. Not a bad weekend.In March Dale was out on Lake Macquarie both Saturday and Su...Read More

A Paintball Place, Skirmish

Attraction | "Paintball - Fun for everyone"

A Paintball Place, Skirmish Photo, New South Wales, Australia
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Do you like the idea of racing around the countryside, wearing khakis, camouflage gear, overalls or likewise and firing paintballs at the opposition, during mock battles? Then Skirmish is the ideal pastime for you.Kulnurra Skirmish has been in operation for a number of years now and gets a steady flow of customers every weekend and sometimes during the week.They hold pre-wedding stag skirmish days – strippers are often delivered on site for entertainment – and make sure you don’t get to many painful bruises from the paintballs, birthday skirmish days, business skirmish get togethers and skirmish days for whatever event you wish to celebrate. Even if there are only two of you th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 21, 2010

A Paintball Place, Skirmish
Springs Road
Kulnura, New South Wales 2250
(02) 4376 1411

Mangrove Mountain 1 Photo, Australia, South Pacific
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We had dad over at Xmas 2007 so went to plenty of local haunts, the Australian Reptile Park, the Mangrove Mountain Dam, Wollombi, bush walking, lunch at The Entrance, dinner at The Entrance Bowling Club with friends, dinner at the neighbours on Christmas Eve.We didn’t do much for Australia Day this year. Hung around home relaxing and then went around to friends for a BBQ, movie and went to The Entrance to watch the fire works.Feb was non-eventful. We went around to friend’s place for a nice dinner and a slide show afternoon. Since we were the only one’s to turn up with a CD of pictures the slide show was, fortunately, brief. The dinner was very nice and everyone had fun catchin...Read More

The Scenic Central Coast of NSW

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Snapper Point in The Lake Munmorah National Park Photo, Australia, South Pacific
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Listed below are the highlights of a new and reborn Central Coast:1/ Situated at Somersby, the Australian Reptile Park has a great collection of Australia's native animals and also some imported reptile species.2/ Located on the coast, Terrigal is a scenic beach community which has a popular beach and shopping area. There are also plenty of Cafes and Restuarants for those who enjoy great food.3/ Not far from Terrigal is another fantastic beach called Avoca Beach, it's great for surfing, swimming and sun baking.4/ To the north of the Central Coast are 2 large seawater lakes and the main township, located at the entrance to the l...Read More

One Mile Beach Holiday Park

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One Mile Beach Holiday Park Photo, Anna Bay, Australia
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One Mile Beach Holiday Park is in the perfect location: right on a beach, close to shops, and not far from all the activities. The park has several types of accommodation to stay in. You can camp for $22 (Aust) per night or $132 per week. An extra person a night is $6. You have a wide range of cabins to select from; from $52 (Aust) per night for a standard cabin to $132 (Aust) per night for a Beach House. A standard cabin has a two ring cooktop, one double bed, three bunk beds, a bathroom with a shower and toilet, a heater for winter, a bar fridge and a TV. You can either supply your own linen or you can hire it for $20. The park has a large pool...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 12, 2002

One Mile Beach Holiday Park
426 Gan Gan Road
Anna Bay 2316
+61 (2) 4982 1112

Kims Toowoon Bay

Hotel | "Kims Toowoon Bay Beachside Holiday Retreat"

Kims Toowoon Bay Photo, Toowoon Bay, Australia
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If you can afford something a bit cosier and secluded try "KIMS" at Toowoon Bay, near The Entrance.You can stay there in Bangalows ranging in price from $220 to $450(Aust) per night.The cheaper units have double beds with an ensuite. The expensive units have their own entertaining room, kitchenette and toilet downstairs, a private swimming pool and a large king size bedroom upstairs with an ensuite.The cabins are set in a garden/palm tree rain forest type setting and has peacocks roaming around and carp in the pond below the restaurant.To get to the beach you just have to walk a few meters down the tiled pathway...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 4, 2002

Kims Toowoon Bay
16 Charlton Street
Toowoon Bay
+61 (2) 4332-1566

Shoal Bay Resort and Spa Photo, Port Stephens, New South Wales
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I was one of a group of seven girls that went for a girls weekend, just before Christmas, to the Shoal Bay Resort and Spa. We paid $265 (Australian) each for two nights. For the money we got a three-bedroom apartment which slept six people. One of us slept on the floor on a blow-up mattress that we took. The apartment had an ensuite and another bathroom, and a fully decked out kitchen with all the necessary appliances for cooking if you wanted to save money on food. All linen is provided as are the towels. All you need to bring is your clothes. Also for the price you got free use of the indoor swimming pool, the outdoor pool, the salt water indoor spa, the two other indoor sp...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2003

Shoal Bay Resort and Spa
Beachfront, Shoal Bay Road
Shoal Bay NSW 2315
(02) 4981-1555

Poolies

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Poolies Photo, New South Wales, Australia
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Poolies is a camping ground situated on someone's farm. You just pay AU$11 to pitch your tent or pull up in your caravan for the night. The sites all have their own names - Sunset Strip was one of them and this is where we stayed and will stay again next time. The sites are located at the bottom of the farm in green paddocks or near the Gloucester River, we choose this area. There are several blocks of amenities, but all, excluding the top block, are not flash. There are no lights, no running hot water, the toilets are long drops (don't flush) and there are no doors just curtains, this is back to basics. The top toilet block is better and has lighting and running hot water (w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 12, 2003

Poolies
First driveway along Thunderbolt Way
Central Australia, Australia

Citigate Central Hotel Sydney

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Hotel | "Carlton Crest Hotel"

Citigate Central Hotel Sydney Photo, Sydney, Australia
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More Contact Details:Postal Address--PO Box K401, Haymarket, NSW 1240   Toll-Free Phone--1800252588 Fax--(02) 92816688 Email--res@carltoncrest-sydney.com.au Website--www.carltonhotels.com.au The Carlton Crest is about a four-star hotel located in the centre of Sydney, within a few minutes' walk from Sydney’s Central Station, Chinatown, The Entertainment Centre, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Darling Harbour, and many of Sydney’s other top sightseeing destinations. We discovered this gem of a hotel by entering "cheap accommodation" in the search area of our Internet Explorer and entering the link associated with the "flight centre hotels – ww...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 29, 2006

Citigate Central Hotel Sydney
169-179 Thomas Street
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (2) 9281 6888

Caves Beach Holiday Park

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Caves Beach Holiday Park 3 Photo, New South Wales, Australia
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It was coming up to a long weekend and we were wondering what the hell to do with ourselves when we hit on the idea of booking a powered camping site at Caves Beach Holiday Park – just a ¾ hour drive from where we live. We had visited the place but had never actually stayed in the area.The powered sites are located at the top of the park and, if nobody gets the site opposite you, have fantastic views of the ocean and you can sit and watch the large cargo ships, anchored of shore, slowly changing orientation with the change in weather conditions and the pull of the tide.The powered sites cost $32 per night and are quite large with ample room for an average sized tent, a car and a traile...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 17, 2006

Hunter Valley Hostel

Hotel | "Hunter Valley Wine Country Lodge "

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This place has cheap budget accommodation for backpackers and other budget conscience people. There are a number of different rooms available from backpacker style dorms and double rooms with shared bathrooms to double rooms with their own en-suites. It is a relatively new hostel therefore everything is clean and tidy and all the staff have good knowledge about the area.There are weekend packages available which include the following: -- Return transfers from the Hunter Valley to Sydney via coach.- Two nights accommodation- A tour of the Hunter Valley wineries including wine tasting- A light breakfast each morning- A wood fired pizza on one of the nights...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 20, 2006

Hunter Valley Hostel
100 Wine Country Drive
Nulkaba, New South Wales 2325
(02) 4991 3278

Woodport Inn

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Woodport Inn Photo, Erina, Australia
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The Woodport Inn has a nightclub in the basement, a sports bar/public bar and a bistro at Ground Level and a Cocktail Bar on the top level. The Inn is also has a boardwalk on which you can sit and have you lunch or dinner with a quiet drink. People have been known to pull up in their boats. Children can sit on the boardwalk and in the bistro, but cannot go to the bar areas. We went there last weekend for a friends birthday. We all met at 6.00pm for dinner, because there were more than 10 of us we had to sit outside as inside is a bit on the small side. We ordered dinner at the bistro. Dale had a Squid served with a salad and with chilli sauce and I ordered chicken with a salad and mashed potatoe...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 21, 2002

Woodport Inn
207 The Entrance Road
Erina

Australian Rainforest Sanctuary

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Hotel | "The Forest of Tranquility"

Australian Rainforest Sanctuary Photo, New South Wales, Australia
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It was a beautiful fine Sunday and we were tossing up ideas on what we should do for the day. We had been wanting to visit the Forest of Tranquility in Ourimbah for many years but had never got around to it. With nothing else springing to mind we headed of. The Forest of Tranquility is one of the last remaining, of the most southern patches of tropical forest. We enjoyed 2½ hours of seeing the following: Native birdlife flying free in the trees and rummaging around on the forest floor. Walking along shady forest tracks past small shallow creeks, sometimes crossing them via small bridges or large stones. Hand feeding kangaroos (when they were ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 7, 2006

Australian Rainforest Sanctuary
Rmb 1540 Ourimbah Creek Rd
Ourimbah, New South Wales 2258
(02) 4362 1855

Sydney Royal Easter Show

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Attraction | "The Royal Easter Show"

Sydney Royal Easter Show Photo, Sydney, Australia
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The Royal Easter Show is held over the course of 2 weeks - starting on the Friday prior to the Easter weekend and ending the Sunday after the Easter weekend.This is the time of year when the country comes to town and there’s plenty of fun for all ages, whether it’s sunny or rainy- The wood chopping contests are always popular and draw a good crowd. This year there were quite a number of contestants, with some coming from other countries including New Zealand, USA, Canada and Switzerland. Great to sit there and barrack for the home team, New Zealand.- The human cannonball was a new crowd favorite this year drawing a large number of spectators of all ages....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 11, 2006

Sydney Royal Easter Show
1, Showground Rd
Sydney, Australia 2127
+61 0(2) 9704 1111

The Brisbane Waters

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The Sun is Almost Up Photo, Australia, South Pacific
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The sun is rising over the distant horizon, across from Koolewong, heralding in another clear, sunny autumn day, and it is well worth the effort of waking up early. Welcome to another beautiful day on the Brisbane Water. The Brisbane Water is a reasonably large sized waterway which is surrounded by many of the Central Coast’s town centres and Gosford's suburbs. To the north of Brisbane Water is the city centre of Gosford. To the south is the large town of Woy Woy and the suburbs of Empire Bay, St. Huberts Island, Ettalong Beach, Booker Bay, and Killcare. To the west are the suburbs Koolewong, Tascott, and Point Clare. And to the east are the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 11, 2006

Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park

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Attraction | "The Australian Walkabout Park"

Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park Photo, Calga, Australia
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Located at Calga Springs, approximately 1¼ hours north from Sydney and ¾ hour south from Gosford. The Walkabout Park is a must for overseas and local visitors alike – especially those who have little or no knowledge of the Australian bush, wildlife, food, and remedies that can be found in the bush. The park provides four guided tours throughout the day at different times – those tours being: 1. Morning Tea/Coffee with the Animals – at 10am – enjoy a tea or coffee while getting to know some of the friendly locals. Hand feed the kangaroos, emus and wallabies. 2. The Aboriginal Engravings Tour – at 11:30am – takes you for a guided tour around a number of Aboriginal sites within the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2006

Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park
2375 Peats Ridge Road & Darkinjung Road
Calga 2250
+61 (2) 43751100

Girrakool National Park

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Girrakool National Park Photo, Australia, South Pacific
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Located at Somersby, approximately 15 minutes drive from downtown Gosford, the Girrakool National Park is a quiet oasis where people can come and escape.Girrakool has several bush tracks of different lengths and difficulty. One track is 4kms long and takes you past the Girrakool waterfalls, along the northern ridge of the creek, across a swing bridge and then back along the southern ridge. The height of the ridge line is great and the creek below looks like a thin ribbon. The views from the lookouts are spooky for those who are a scared of heights—even made Dale, who isn’t scared, a bit wary. We ventured half way along this track, stopping to sit by the waterfall enjoying the views, watching the birdl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2006

Girrakool National Park

Somersby, Australia

Bloodworth Festival

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Attraction | "The Bloodworth Festival"

Bloodworth Festival Photo, Australia, South Pacific
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Where else can you go a witness knights in full armour participating in mock-up sword fights?Would you like to know…Come along to the Bloodworth Festival held in April at Kulnurra, on the Central Coast and find out.Expect a day of fun"- Roaming around markets stalls looking for a bargain and buying the odd item. The most popular were the plastic shield and sword sets, with children buying them by the dozen and then going away and having their own sword fights. - Sitting on the grass listening to live music, this year it was a band from Bolivia. They were great and had many people dancing in front of the stage and singing along with them....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 10, 2006

Bloodworth Festival
Kulnurra, Central Coast, NSW
Bathurst, New Brunswick

Hunter Valley Gardens

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Hunter Valley Gardens Photo, New South Wales, Australia
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Located 2 1/2 hrs north of Sydney the Hunter Valley Gardens, Harrigans Pub, the local vineyard and wine tasting centre and village shops is a great way to waste away the day or maybe even two days. There are plenty of places to stay. The Gardens has three different accommodation facilities connected to it – all can be found on the Hunter Valley Gardens website.Opening time of the Gardens is 9am and the latest time is at 5pm. On the day we went it was cloudy, overcast and looked like it was going to rain. With our luck running true to form the clouds lifted a bit and we even had a bit of sunshine later on. The clouds provided us with cooler temperatures so we could wander casually around the ma...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 16, 2006

Hunter Valley Gardens
Broke Road, Pokolbin
New South Wales 2320
61 2 4998 4000

Wallarah National Park

Attraction | "Wallarah Peninsula"

Wallarah National Park Photo, New South Wales, Australia
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Wallarah Peninsula National Parks Reserve and walkway is located at the southern end of caves beach and is a delightfully, peaceful way to spend a couple of hours strolling along near deserted pathways taking in fabulous views and some of the Australian native flora and fauna.The walkway winds it's way along cliff tops which overlook the ocean and the many cargo ships that sit of the shore waiting to dock in Newcastle Harbour, down to secluded beaches where there are usually no-one else in sight and to points where you can walk out onto rocky outcrops.The scenery that can be viewed all along the track is fantastic and there are many spots where you can stop and sit down on the rocks or...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2006

Wallarah National Park
Wallarah Peninsula, Caves Beach, NSW
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Chittaway Creek Photo, New South Wales, Australia
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The Tuggerah Lakes are large seawater lakes located in the Wyong region of The Central Coast.The entrance to the lakes can be found at a seaside town aptly named The Entrance. The Entrance and its surrounding bays is a popular holiday destination for people from Sydney and can be very busy during holiday seasons and summer weekends. The Entrance has many popular beaches, some being surf beach and others being protected bays.The Entrance also has great shopping and a great selection of fast food outlets, cafes and restaurants for people to dine at.Another popular attraction at The Entrance is the pelican feeding, which is conducted every Sunday after...Read More

Visit the Hawkesbury River for the day

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Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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The Hawkesbury River is located approximately 1/2 to 3/4 hour from The Central Coast and can be reached by train or by road. The train will only take you to Brooklyn, if you wish to go anywhere else you will have to have a car or other road transport. There are a few places you can head to when you want to visit the Hawkesbury River. Brooklyn, located near the mouth of The Hawkesbury, is one of the largest towns and has the popular River Postal Cruise that departs from its shores. The cruise departs on Tuesday morning and stops of at the remote houses and islands that find it difficult to reach the main shore to get their mail. The cruise also provides you with morning tea and a great ...Read More

Port Stephens - Coastal Paradise

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Dolphin Watch Photo, Port Stephens, New South Wales
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A visit to Port Stephens is an absolute must, with plenty to see and heaps to do. Port Stevens is located approximately 1.5 to 2 hours north of The Central Coast.Some of the popular attractions are:1/ Tanilba House at Tanilba Bay. This house was constructed out of sandstone, by the convicts of the area, for the local Governor. The house is a small museum and is open for viewing most days and has tales of ghosts on it premises.2/ Fighter World in Williamstown. This is a museum of the Australian RAF and other aircraft. Last time we went there it was $6.00 each to get in.3/ Oakvale Animal Farm at Oakvale. This is a quirky little open...Read More

Lake Macquarie and The Hunter Region

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Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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Just north of Wyong is another large salt water lake called Lake Macquarie. Lake Macquarie is the favorite place to head on a beautiful summers day to pursuit your favorite water sport, whether it be wakeboarding, water skiing, swimming, fishing or taking a spin in your boat. The shores of the lake are dotted with numerous small towns with boat ramps and parks, with playgrounds and BBQs, by the lake. Some of the larger towns are Toronto, Swansea and Belmont. If you want a lovely drive through the countryside then the circuit around the lake is a must. Further north you will come to the industrial city of Newcastle. Newcastle is on the coastline, but is also on the mouth of the Hunter R...Read More
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Forster is a small town loacted approx. 3 hours north of the Central Coast, by the Myall Lakes and the New South Wales coast. While we are here we usaully camp at Booti Booti Recreation Park as it is cheap, $6 per night, and is located near a fantastic beach which is good for swimming, fishing and surfing. There are also a couple of bush walks you can do if you wish. We have also stayed in a youth hostel once, which was at the southern end of the main street in Forster, $16 per night and has dormitory and family room style accommodation. While in Forster we just like to relax and unwind and as a way to help us do this we either hire a small boat for the day or we buy a ticket on a c...Read More

The Australian Reptile Park, Gosford

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Australian Reptile Park Photo, Australia, South Pacific
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When you're heading North, on the Pacific Highway, from Sydney and you are getting close to the Gosford turn off, if you look to the left hand side of the road you will notice a big yellow dinosaur amongst the trees. If you're looking for the Australian Reptile Park, this is your queue to take the next exit. The Australian Reptile Park is home to a very large range of snakes, native to Australia and some not, lizards, turtles, crocodiles, alligators, spiders and other native Australian animals and birds. It is a great way to spend the day with the whole family and is very informative. During the day, at different times, they have the keepers do talks about the animals which ...Read More
The Natural History Museum, Sydney Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Every so often Dale and I head of for a trip to Sydney, each time we try to go somewhere different and see something new. On this particular day we had decided to go to the Natural History Museum with our friends Greg and Julie and their son Kobe. We got down there reasonably early in the morning as we throught we could have a look at a couple of other attractions that are in the same area. The museum was great and had displays of animals, bugs, birds, dinosaurs and the like. There is also hands-on displays which were great for the kids. It also has some live exhibits, which put an interesting edge on things. I think Greg was of the illusion that there would be displays of Ey...Read More

Taking a Sydney Ferry to the Taronga Zoo

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Taronga Zoo, Sydney Photo, Sydney, Australia
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On one of our adventures in Sydney, Dale and I decided to drive to Gordon, a suburb on the North Shore of Sydney and travel by train to Circular Quay Station where we would get a ferry across to the Taronga Zoo. The ferry trip wasn't it a long one, but it took us out past the Opera House, out across the harbour, and provided us with a great veiw of the harbour bridge. The ferry was one of the old ferries and the trip was a slow one, which suited us just fine as we were in no hurry. We'd never been on the harbour before. Normally we would have driven directly to the zoo as it is less expensive. Once at Taronga Zoo wharf we departed from the ferry and payed our admission and entered at t...Read More

A day trip to Darling Harbour, Sydney

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Maritime Museum Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Darling Harbour is a small area of Sydney Harbour, at Pyrmont, that is a popular place to head to on a great, sunny day. It has plenty of activities for people of all ages. 1/ The street performers, that occupy various corners and areas of pathways, entertain the public with acrobatics, dancing and comedy skits. 2/ On the north eastern side of Pyrmont Bridge is the Sydney Aquarium. This is home to several varieties of different fish and other water creatures. It has 2 fantastic large tanks in which you can walk within a glass topped tunnel to view the fish. One for large ocean fish and sharks and one for small fish, rays etc. The newest addition is a large tank called the Barrier Reef ...Read More

An Easter Weekend at Dubbo

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We weren''t sure what we wanted to do or where we wanted to go so we packed our bags, put them in the car and sat down and decided to head to the first destination that can out of out mouths and that was "DUBBO" and we are not disappointed that we went there at all. Dubbo is a 5 hour trip inland from the Central Coast, where we live. You can either travel north, by car, through Singleton to Scone or you can go south, by car, through the Blue Mountains. It''s approximately the same distance either way. We went north. It was a bit of a bumpy drive, due to all the potholes in the road, but we made it in good time to have a look around for a Motel for the night. The next day we w...Read More

The Blue Mountains Getaway

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It was a long weekend and we were off to the Katoomba in The Blue Mountains. The Blue Moutains are approximately 1 1/2 hours inland from Sydney and therefore 3 hours from the Central Coast. We'd booked our beds at the Katoomba Youth Hostel, so when we got there a bit later than we thought, it wasn't a hassel. The youth hostel ended up being a great place to stay and we met many interesting people. The following day our first port of call was to Echo Point, where bus loads of tourists were milling around viewing the well known and popular tourist attraction "The Three Sisters". The Three Sisters is a rock formation that juts out from the landscape in the form of three pinnacles. The ...Read More

Queens Birthday Weekend at Port Stephens

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The Scenic Port Stephens From Tomaree Head Photo, Port Stephens, New South Wales
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We've just come back from the most peaceful, relaxing weekend in the beautiful Port Stephens. This weekend was a long weekend as it was the Queen's Birthday Weekend and we had booked a cabin, for 3 nights, at the One Mile Beach Holiday Park. The cabin cost us $52 (Aust) for 2 per night and could sleep up to 5 people, every additional adult was $22 and an additional child is $12. So we packed our clothes, bedding and other necessary items (fishing gear being the top of the list, not mine but Dale's) and headed that way at lunchtime on Friday. We arrived there at 3.30pm in the afternoon and unpacked the car and headed straight to the beach as the holiday park is situa...Read More
Wollombi, NSW Photo, Australia, South Pacific
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This Saturday was our friends 41st birthday so his girlfriend had arranged a secret birthday celebration for him - a day out to Wollombi and the Hunter Valley Vineyards. So on Saturday we all congregated together, just down the road from their place, to decorate the mini van we had hired for the day with streamers, balloons and party treats and we arrived at thier doorstep making all the noise we could with party blowers and the vans horn. He was very surprised as his girlfriend had actually managed to keep the secret. So off we headed to Wollombi. Wollombi is a small old settlers town, not far from the Hunter Valley town of Cessnock, on the way to the Hawkesbury River, and has some in...Read More

Rural Gloucester and the Countryside

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This Queen's Birthday Weekend we decided to head inland to a place called Gloucester and to it's beautiful countryside with it's rolling hills and mountain tops and quiet, tranquil streams and rivers. With it's neighbouring townships steeped in Australian history and full of friendly people. Gloucester it located approximately four hours north of Sydney. This area can be reached by travelling on the Pacific Highway to Raymond Terrace. Not far past Raymond Terrace, to the left, there is a turnoff marked Stroud and Gloucester, this is the road you need to be on. To get around this area you will need a car and in some places a four wheel drive vehicle. This area has p...Read More

New Years at Lobster Bay

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Lobster Bay Beach Babe Photo, Australia, South Pacific
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Two weeks to New Years Eve 2005 and we still have nothing to do!!! Do we go camping, do we stay at home or do we take Sharon and Ian up on their offer of a boat trip and visit to Lobster Bay - Gee that's a hard one - and the winner is THE BOAT TRIP LOBSTER BAY. Lobster Bay is located in the Bouddi National Park on the Central Coast, NSW - across the Brisbane Water from Umina Beach and Ettalong. The easiest way to get there is to have your own boat, but there is a track, through the national park. To gain access to the track you have to park your car at Wagstaff. The track is a pleasant walk on a warm day but a bit of a nightmare on a hot day. With the plan in action on the 31st Decemb...Read More

Australia Day - Sydney - 26th Jan 2006

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Darling Harbour 2 Photo, Sydney, Australia
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At approximately 9am, on Thursday the 26th January 2006, we tossed our overnight bag in the car and made our way 1 ½ hours south from the Central Coast to the centre of Sydney. After placing our luggage in our room at the Carlton Crest Hotel we set of to enjoy some of the Australia Day activities. First stop was Sydney Harbour so we caught the train form Central Station to Circular Quay, via the City Circle line. The crowd was already big and large congregations had gathered around the regular street performers, scattered around Circular Quay, performing their stunts/shows. From Circular Quay it was a short walk around the ferry terminals to the Opera house and the Royal Botanical Garden...Read More

A Day Out in Darling Harbour

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In the Chinese Gardens 3 Photo, Sydney, Australia
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The date is January 27, 2006, and the place is Sydney. We awoke in our room at the Carlton Crest Hotel to be greeted by a beautiful sunny day, a great day to see and witness some of the attractions at Darling Harbour, located within a 10-minute walk down the road, adjacent to Chinatown.The first point of interest for the day, and somewhere we'd never been before, was the Chinese Garden of Friendship. If you want a nice, peaceful place to go and relax, this is the best place to go and is the best value for your money, at $6 per adult, $3 per child, and $15 per family, in the centre of Sydney.At the southern end of Darling Harbour, near the Sydney Entertainment Centre, we discovered the...Read More

Year of the Dog--Chinese New Year 2006

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The Year of the Dog Photo, Sydney, Australia
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I have always wanted to experience some of the celebrations that take place for the Chinese New Year, and Sydney is supposed to have some of the best celebrations in the world, outside China itself that is. So, while we were down in Sydney for Australia Day, I thought it would be a great idea for us to attend the official opening of the Chinese New Year, Year of the Dog, to be held in Hawker Central Food Markets, which were in their temporary location in Belmore Park, just outside Central Station, Sydney.First stop for the afternoon, at approximately 4:30pm, was the Chinese Street Markets held in the Dixon Street Mall, Chinatown. The markets are held every Friday night and stay open until 10...Read More
Emmas Cottage Estate Photo, Hunter Valley, Australia
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Do you enjoy: -- The company of friends and plenty of potential new friends in a party style atmosphere?- Sipping on a bit of the vino and sampling different wines, olive oils and other local products?- Sitting on blankets on the ground, or at tables placed on freshly mown lawns, amongst the vineyards?- Listening to live music in the form of bands, small groups or duo’s?- Eating food prepared by some of the best chefs in the Hunter Valley?- Dropping of for a drop of golden lager at one of the trendiest pubs?If you answered yes to all, or even one, of those questions then this is the perfect day out for you.Lovedale Road is a very picturesque road that runs t...Read More

Australia Day - Taronga Zoo and Beyond

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The giraffes get fed Photo, Sydney, Australia
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It was Australia Day and friend’s of ours, Greg, Julie, and their two kids, invited us to join them on a trip to Taronga Zoo and the city of Sydney.We drove down to Milson’s Point in a feeble effort of finding a car park close to the action – the same idea as everyone else, apparently, and not advisable. Most of the street parking in the area is for residential permit holders only or for a limited time period. From Milson’s Point we drove back to a Waverton – approximately 10 minutes drive up the road – and found a car park within a short walking distance from the station. At Waverton city rail train station we asked the ticket sales person a thousand questions abou...Read More
St Albans Graveyard 3 Photo, Australia, South Pacific
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It was Sunday in mid March and the weather is absolutely gorgeous – what to do, what to do, what to do?We hadn’t been to St Albans yet and I’d heard it’s a great day out – it’s wasn’t far, so we jumped in the car and headed south towards Wisemans Ferry, on the Hawkesbury River.Wisemans Ferry is about a 1 hour drive from Gosford, the Central Coast, along double lane (single lane traffic in both directions) windy roads. Motorbike enthusiasts love this road because of all the sharp corners.When you get to Wisemans Ferry, instead of getting the car ferry across the river, keep driving straight ahead. This road will take you into the heart of the small township of St Albans – one of...Read More