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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Memories of The Myall Lakes - My home area

I've been very fortunate in life, man and boy, to have lived in some beautiful places - eg: Bali, Thailand, Singapore, Newcastle N.S.W., but none are more beautiful than the Myall Lakes National Park area, of which Tea Gardens, N.S.W. Australia, now my home, is a major player / attraction / tourist haven.

Tea Gardens, and Hawks Nest, are towns which are situated on the Pacific Coast, at the mouth of the Myall River, which drains the Great Lakes - Smith Lakes and Myall Lakes. They provide a fabulous amount of tourism every week, affording the bush-walker, beach lover, bird-lover, or just the 'get-away-from-it' people, a restful and enjoyable holiday.

One such restful and enjoyable holiday, is one I have known for over 60 years. That is, the Myall Lakes. In particular, an area known as Bombah Point, where you'll find 'Legge's Camp'. We (my Family) first started to holiday at Legge's Camp, in about 1958, when old Harry Legge (1879-1964), and his wife, Emily, were the owners of a grand old building of sizeable proportions, with an attached barracks-type, rentable structure, for guests. We stayed there. It's all changed now, with progress, but I still smell the 'candle wax' when I remember the times. So imagine my delight when I revisited this boyhood 'Shangri-la', last year, after nearly 50 years absence!

This photo is from a story by Mike Scanlon, N.M.Herald Newspaper - with thanks ...

and, as it is at present (my photo) -

Harry Legge and a very young, 'Roberto'...

The 'Camp' was a delightful place where kids could play with safety, or have adventures along the lakeside. One delight was standing on the old 'vehicular punt' and fishing for 'poddy mullet'.

I returned to this area, just recently, having moved to Tea Gardens, nearby, and the changes were numerous ...

Even the old punt, from Bombah Point to 'Mungo Brush', an old fishing area/camping site, has been updated ...

The original -

That trip down memory lane, was soon forgotten due to a lovely day's outing of my friend, Ritchie's, houseboat. Now that is worth the effort ...

'Vale' - Mr. Harry and Mrs Emily Legge ...

The scenery at Tea Gardens, on the Myall River ...


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Homeward Bound - via Tamworth, NSW !

We had to leave the Blue Mountains, on Wednesday, 5th April, after three nights and four glorious days. We will definitely be staying at the Airbnb in Pritchard St, Wentworth Falls, again, if possible. It was excessively comfortable, and clean, and provided Karen and I with more than we expected. Thanks Kim.

Wednesday morning, we were up early, because, apart from packing, we wanted to visit the Conservation Hut, Valley of the Waters, in Fletcher St, Wentworth Falls. We decided to try for breakfast there, and knowing it opened at 9.00am, were there waiting. Danielle, the waitress/hostess, greeted us warmly and seated us with a good view - of the foggy mountain valley. Not her fault. We ordered coffee and a huge breakfast each, little did we know how tasty it would turn out. I had a 'Full Monty' of jacket potatoes, mushrooms, tomatoes and bacon, with a serving of scrambled eggs on sourdough toast. Wow! Karen had poached eggs and mushrooms with sourdough toast. For A$43, a bargain. Tasty as.

We then headed towards Lithgow, NSW, with fond memories of a beaut breakfast and the great service we got from Dani (terimah kasih). We'll be back.

Near Lithgow, we turned and headed to Mudgee, NSW. This area is renowned for its top-class wines, but, alas, we had no time for self-indulgences, like wine tasting. We went through some interesting places like, Putta Bucca, Eurunderie, Ulan, Turill, Cassilis, Merriwa, Willow Tree, Wallabadah, Goonoo Goonoo, then arrived in Tamworth. Along the way, we saw the magnificent Liverpool Plains area of NSW.

We stayed at an easy to reach Motel, called the Econo Lodge, in Tamworth. This was a bit of a let-down after what we'd experienced at Wentworth Falls - and nearly the same price ! I think the Motels have got to get realistic with their pricing. I remember when I was travelling for a job, I stayed in Motels like this one, and they haven't changed - only the paint job, or the prices. The decor is the same, the lousy bathrooms are the same, the lousy free 'Continental' breakfasts are the same and the check-out times are still 10am.

The Oxley Scenic Lookout in Tamworth ...

Oh, well, that's it for this year, I think, and I will always love the Blue Mountains area, and now I've got some new loves - the Airbnb at Pritchard St, and the Conservation Hut.

Ah, home - at last!


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Wentworth Falls, Leura - Rainy Day

Unfortunately, a little too much precipitation put the kibosh on activity today, 4th April. We did, however, venture out during breaks in the weather to at least enjoy the day. We had an also-ran cup of moderately, lukewarm coffee at the Leura Garage - café, restaurant and bar, which was more than made up for by the great service we got. Interesting decor - early medieval mechanic.

Following a quick dash to the favourite shop - Moontree - for candle supplies, we hit the road towards Leura Cascades - although we'd been there many times before, we took a different path,and it seemed like a new place!

We finished the day with dinner at the Grand View Hotel, in Wentworth Falls.

Off to Lithgow, tomorrow morning, then up through Mudgee, to Quirindi, then to Tamworth, in the New England area, for one night - then home.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Blackheath, NSW - Govett's Leap, and Evans Lookouts

After some pretty serious walking, at least for me, I'm exhausted, but happy. The Blackheath area is well-known for its walks, as well as its beautiful scenery. With the weather the way it was (raining, foggy and cold), we did manage to snap off a few good ones. Hope you like them.

What's in store for tomorrow? Mmm.