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December 2008

Views of Kanangra Walls

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December is usually a quiet time to head off for an enjoyable break. This year, the rain played an important part in our travels. Thunderstorms & torrential downpours meant that we revised our travels on a daily basis. However, the sun did come out on many day to present us with some lush green scenery to travel through.

Our trip began in Albury on the banks of the Hume Weir, situated on the Vic/NSW border on the Murray River. Heading NE, we were soon to enter the Blue Mountains National Park. Our first couple of nights in the park were at the lovely Wombeyan Caves. The wildlife was exciting to watch around here, along with many interesting walks throughout this heavily caved area.

Moving further north, we entered the Kanangra Boyd NP. The views of Kanangra Walls from Mt Kanangra were a magnificent site. Heading further north, we wound our way down through the picturesque Jenolan Caves. The drive through the mountain tunnel was spectacular.

Our journey headed NE to the lovely Hawkesbury River at Wisemans Ferry. The mountainous scenery from our campsite on the banks of the Hawkesbury was inspiring as much as the fantastic lightning show throughout the evening thunderstorms.

After a quick trip to Newcastle in the rain, we stopped at Wyong, 100kms north of Sydney. Finding a dry camp spot was fun, not to mention the torrential downpour as we packed up the following morning..

Although we had been through Katoomba, we returned for some more MTBing. Situated up at 1,000M, the morning blue skies & sun paved out a day to remember. Laurie took in the sites of the Three Sisters, while Heidi MTB'd out along the Narrow Neck Plateau.

Kangaroo Valley was our next stop. This is situated between Bowral & Nowra, 100kms south of Sydney. Laurie managed to bog our 4WD. Luckily our trusty hand winch saved the day.

Our final days were spent retracing parts of Ben Boyd NP just south of Eden  (enjoyed in a previous trip) before heading home via Mallacoota in the fae east of Victoria.