Day tripper: National Arboretum, Canberra

While we didn’t actually do a day trip to Canberra, it is physically possible to do – we just happened to be staying there with family and went to the Arboretum for a look around (and coffee of course). The Arboretum was established¬†after devastating bushfires destroyed the pine plantations along the western shore of Lake…

Daytripper: Garie Beach, Royal National Park

Good Friday. A last minute picnic (always the best kind, hard boiled eggs, carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, a quick home made hummus and some mandarins) and a trip down into the Royal National Park.¬†The usual rule is that we head for somewhere we haven’t been before and include a bit of a walk. There are…

A weekend in the country – Southern Highlands

Well, the Southern Highlands of NSW might not strictly be called the country I guess – but they are definitely NOT the city. For Christmas, BookWorm organised her brothers, her grandparents and even one of her close friends into giving us a weekend away in Bowral, including accommodation and a market tour and lunch on…

A holiday in the mountains

A beautiful clear lake, gorgeous mountain scenery, wide open vistas and a kick-ass organic raspberry soda. These were the highlights of our recent holiday in Jindabyne, in the Snowy Mountains of NSW. It was incredibly hot, most of the country was suffering a heat wave that week and the mountains were not exempt from that.…

The twelfth day of Christmas

I must say, a 12 day blogging challenge is much easier than a 30 day one….. Today is the end of #blog12daysxmas and also, co-incidentally the end of Part One of My Summer Break. I go back to work tomorrow for a week, then get to have another holiday before settling back into the 2014…

The fifth day of Christmas

Today is a cross between a #blog12daysxmas post and one of my Daytripper posts. This morning I mentioned to some friends that I was taking pot luck for my walk today: I had half a thought of going to Bondi or Coogee and walking some of the beautiful coast track, but when I got off…

Daytripper: Oatley-Como railway bridge

In an attempt to atone for the excess of food consumed on Christmas Day, today I walked across the historic railway bridge that spans the Georges River between Oatley and Como on the South Coast/Illawarra railway line. It’s a popular walk and I often see power walkers, joggers, families and cyclists using the bridge as…