Saturday, October 31, 2015

2015 Long Mystery Run……. and its Toowoomba Queensland!

Day One

Travel month continues and its entrée time.
Its time for this years Long Run, which always has a secret destination.

So today we were given instructions that we are off to Toowoomba.
We are taking the 1973 Cortina, Mrs C, for this trip.

Above was morning tea at Ben Lomond.


And we had a stop in Deepwater to visit the craft and antique shop.. (and Graham got attacked by the car when the door closed on his head so he’s got a mild black eye now).
No Daylight saving in Qld  so our times are all out of whack. And we are taking all our classics into an area where they have had massive hail storms over the past week, so this should be interesting….
Lunch was at Girraween national park which is just north of Wallangarra. 


Then a quick stop at this pyramid – which some bloke had built as a tourist drawcard but then his business went bust! 


Then the adventure of battling the Queensland drivers – overtaking on double lines and other such stupidity, as we made our way into Toowoomba.

We are staying at the Jefferies Motel for the next three nights while we explore the area.  It will be great not have to pack up the car every day.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Weekend in Newcastle & the Hunter Valley Gardens


This is about to become an epic travel month for us so as a ‘taster’ we spent a couple of nights in Newcastle,  with a stop at the Hunter Valley Gardens on the way home on Sunday.



We had lunch with Andrew and did some shopping.


And we went for a walk along the new Anzac foot bridge.


You can see this bridge from nearly everywhere in the city.. (I could see it from our hotel window although I didn’t realise what it was until we walked on it)!


Not only is it a beautiful thing, its using a bit of cliff that was relatively useless before.

And not only is it a great tourist view vantage point, all the fit and healthy of Newcastle were out either jogging or power walking on it. Great to see an imaginative structure, with a memorial purpose, that can be used by the whole  community.


There is someone with a lot of foresight in the Newcastle council who is not only doing a great job with projects like this but also with the reclaiming of all the foreshore industrial and railway sites.. 3 cheers for them!


THEN… on our way home on Sunday we spent a couple of hours at the Hunter Valley Gardens. We will have to have a return trip because we just didn’t have enough time.



It was their Rose Spectacular. We went around on the little train, which was a great way to see most of it quickly..

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The rose below is called Chameleon as it starts off yellow then fades to orange and finally pink – and they had thousands of them.

They are also getting ready for their Christmas light show. 




This is the Japanese Garden


This is a real crane not a garden ornament! and below – WOW.


And in the Storybook Garden ,,, of course I had to visit Alice…. My number one literary heroine ..


Its having a repaint so should be shiny and new fairly soon.


I am now on Long Service Leave…

Our next trip is the  ‘entree’,,  the Car Club Mystery Run

Then its the ‘main’ South Africa,,,, Capetown and the Kruger National Park …….

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