I started my day almost like any other – cleaning the bathroom and den; tidying up the courtyard after trimming and mowing yesterday. I then headed off to see my mother and say my goodbyes. She was in fine spirits and looking forward to renewing her own memories through my adventures. I had a lovely lunch with Mum at Bogangar and left with lots of goodies to see me off on my journey. The afternoon was spent at a friend’s and when everyone was home they took me out for dinner at the RSL as a parting treat – very lovely. The next morning, I packed Bella up and hit the road – heading south in my Horizon Motorhomes ‘Melaleuca’.
I found myself heading through the beautiful Burringbar Range and past the enchanting Moo Moo Roadhouse. I continued on through open paddocks, hillsides of bananas and waving cane fields to just south of Grafton where I stopped for the night.
Bella had an exciting walk (more like a run, actually) She spotted a couple of wallabies and chased after one in hot pursuit. Of course, it did outrun her and she return puffing and panting – so I put her back on her leash and into Snowfall.
Apart from an endless supply of roadworks, the scenery was lovely with either one of the many beautiful rivers crossed presenting with sparkling waters waving as I passed, or fields of cane interspersed with some cattle. At the back of Coffs Harbour I turned off to Sealey Lookout – just enchanting.
I continued south toward Woy Woy and stopped for a rest and a bite to eat beside beautiful Lake Macquarie at Belmont…very picturesque and then I set off again ending up at Ourimbah for the night.
Next morning, off to Woy Woy stopping at Staples Lookout. We explored Lion’s Park & Boat Ramp and took Bella for a walk before meeting up with friends for lunch. Bella and I explored the waterfront and she had a swim followed by a nice bath. We walked and played and then sat and watch the Central Coast Outrigger girls set off for some training. The afternoon and evening was so very pleasant beside the tranquil waters and we settled in for the night.
Up the next morning at dawn and after a last walk along the waterfront, Bella (Belz) and I set off for Wiseman’s Ferry. We drove through lovely tree and fern lined roads that were very windy and quite bumpy but so much nicer than the highway, stopping for a break at Mangrove Mountain. We then proceeded along the road with many tributary creeks joining in the mighty Hawksbury River. Often there were sheer cliffs on one side and the river on the other with a couple of single lane thoroughfares.
Then it was onto the Ferry and across to Wisemans Ferry Township before proceeding to the NSW Ski Association Park, NSW Ski Gardens, which sits beautifully beside the glimmering Hawksbury. Of course, Bella had to have another swim!!
Using Tom Tom (thank goodness or I would never had made it), we headed off for Bilpin. It was a lovely drive with a changing landscape. Subtropical forests, farms, cattle, lots of horse studs, granite cliff faces and sweeping valley views. We crossed the Hawkesbury again over the Sackville Ferry and then proceeded up through Kurrajong to the ‘apple country’. It was vital to have some home grown apple pie before settling in at the rest stop for the night….
The next day we are off to the Blue Mountains Botanical Gardens, Lithgow, Bathurst and Caroar Dam….