The Illawarra


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We had to pick up a hire-car with which we will travel to Victoria tomorrow. We had to take the train into Wollongong and then we wanted to drive around a bit to familiarize ourselves with the car. Somewhere in the distance is our destination.

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At Wollongong we saw a seagull ( was it Jonathan?) doing a bit of train spotting.

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After we picked up the car we drove to Austinmer.

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Here we met a friendly tourist from smog filled Shanghai. Here, she said, she can breath fresh air. “Very happy in Australia !”, she said. I had no trouble believing her.

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And this is the view she and Aunty Uta were enjoying. Water to the horizon with ships waiting off-shore to be admitted into Port Kembla Harbour.

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From there we went to Bald Hill a geographical feature on our coast line and the northern end of the Illawarra. From there we had this spectacular view.

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On the way home we stopped for a spot of lunch at another of our famous beauty spots, “The Cliffhanger” at Bulli Tops. Here too, we had lots of opportunities to take some snaps.

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Uta was busy taking pictures, too.

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There was an old tree which has seen storms and fire.

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But then there was the bush road that showed us the way home.

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We had a beautiful day together, as we usually do, and we are now looking forward to our long drive through the outback of NSW.

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