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Sunday 23rd July:
After an overnight detour into Sydney after our stay in Canberra, we are now on the start of our yearlong trip around Australia, yay!!
First stop is at our friend Lisa’s place in Lawson, Blue Mountains. Thanks Lisa.
Monday 24th July:
Packed up after Lisa’s great hospitality and off to Katoomba for breakfast in a very nice little café. We ordered, ate and then on the way out the waitress reminded us we hadn’t paid. Ooopppsssss…..
Next stop was Jenolan Caves. We did a tour of one of the caves and it was excellent. We had a very knowledgeable guide who was a bit of a character. Highly recommended.
Then off to Oberon for a night in the Jenolan Caravan Park. We had a very nice cabin that was nice and warm and had TV so Guy could watch the grand final of Masterchef. All good.
Tuesday 26th July:
First stop today was at the Mayfield Gardens 20 minutes out of Oberon. The garden is one of the world’s largest privately owned cool climate garden covering 160 acres (65 hectares).
Eventhough there were no blooms due to winter it was still extremely impressive with all the work that has been done.
Then back on the road to Cowra for a couple of days. Quick visit to the information centre as we are planning our day’s activities tomorrow.
Staying in a very nice cabin on the banks of the Lachlan River and only 5 minutes walk to downtown.
Wednesday 26th July:
A day in Cowra today where we visited the Japanese Gardens, the old Cowra prisoner of war camp site, Cowra war cemetery and the train museum.
The Japanese garden was vey impressive eventhough it was the middle of winter and no blooms.
Cowra was a prisoner of war camp during WWII with many nationalities interned. The Japanese was the largest group here and in the early morning of 5th August 1944, 1,104 prisoners staged a massive suicide breakout. 4 Australian soldiers were killed along with 231 Japanese. 108 Japanese were also wounded. 359 Japanese soldiers managed to escape but were rounded up in a short period of time. Sadly many Japanese soldiers chose to commit suicide.
The train museum was interesting looking at the bygone years of rail travel.
Thursday 25th July
Left Cowra today and made our way to Forbes via Canowindra (Say Con-da-windy, Trev’s version) and Parkes.
At Canowindra we visited the Age Of Fishes Museum. Canowindra has a huge fish fossil deposit that is slowly being exhumed and is discovering some rare ancient fishes.
Then we found this little random museum showcasing the early life in Canowindra. It was a very very interesting place showing how people lived in years gone by. They did it tough.
Parkes for lunch and off to Forbes for two nights. Forbes sightseeing tomorrow.
Life is good.
Trevor & Guy