This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.

1999 Travels March 6

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We were up at 8 and away at 9.45. Again, we’d left taking down the awning roof until this morning, so we were pleased with the time taken to breakfast and pack up everything, hitch up, and so on.

The day was fine, with clear blue skies, but rather too hot for a driving day.

The run south was uneventful. John was somewhat apprehensive about the gradients on the Newcastle Freeway, after his experience of this section of highway, on our way north last year. But he is much more experienced, now, with towing the van, and felt in control all the way. He was much happier this time!

We had one stop – at the Wyong service point, half way between Newcastle and Sydney, where we had coffee and John had a rest from driving.

We were at La Mancha Caravan Park at Berowa by 12.30. Had no trouble finding it, following the sketch map in the Big 4 booklet. It is very nice, and only cost $18 for the night. We were able to leave Truck and van attached – very convenient. The amenities block is right behind us – nearly as good as having an ensuite.

Spent the afternoon reading the paper, bought at Hawks Nest on the way through. John wrote a letter and watched Grand Prix stuff on TV. It was quite humid as well as hot, and the park pool looked most attractive, so I went for a long swim.

This park would be a good base, one day, for exploring these northern parts of Sydney.

There are many, many TV stations – John is very pleased!

Tea: soup, leftover salmon cakes, salads, fruit.

We have deliberately timed this move so that we get to pass through Sydney on a Sunday morning, as this should be the least traffic volume, and hence pressure. I am not all that confident of my navigating through the built up area here.


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