I drove a lot of miles in these 6 days!! These were taken in September when I was home in Australia.
264a – When I go home one of the things on my must-have list is fish and chips – and I must have it near water. This is across the road from the Myall River – the cafe had the cute name; Hook & Cook …..
265a & 265b… I had a day out in Sydney with my friend Alan and we parked in the ridiculously expensive carpark of Sydney Hospital. I don’t think I’ve ever been on the grounds before – they have historical tours of the site but we ran out of time that day – I’m going to put that on my list of things to do on a future trip. Sydney Hospital & Sydney Eye Hospital is Australia’s oldest hospital. Three gorgeous sandstone buildings and two gate houses were built on Macquarie Street after an architectural competition held in 1880 – though Sydney Hospital has been on this site since 1811 when it was called Sydney Infirmary. The Eye Hospital joined the site in 1996.
266a The Zig Zag Railway is a heritage railway at Lithgow in New South Wales – it was known as the Lithgow Zig Zag and operated between 1896 and 1910. It was part of the Main West line from Sydney across the Blue Mountain. Now the Zig Zag railway carries steam and diesel hauled trains for tourists. It was not running the day I stopped there but that didn’t stop me wandering around a bit. In 2003 the railway was used in the Hollywood film Stealth. I bet they used a better train than this:
266b This is the Zig Zag Clarence Station. During World War II, the Clarence, and Zig Zag tunnels were used to store chemical weapons such as mustard gas and phosgene for the Royal Australian Air Force. They were disposed of after the war.
267: A small country town between Coonabarabran (where the telescope is) and the Hunter Valley. In 2006 it had a massive population of 495 people! Binnaway is an Aboriginal name meaning Peppermint Tree. The White Rose Orchestra was formed in 1936 and the town is still very proud of it.
269a We stayed overnight in a Hunter Valley town. We had really good coffee at this place which had a nice courtyard – and fresh scones with jam & cream!
269b Pub in the same town.