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Broken Hill

sunny 28 °C

Tonight I am in Broken Hill, on the border of NSW and South Australia. No GPS dramas - the whole drive (600km) was on the Barrier Highway. Music today included Bach's Mass in B Minor, David Bowie and Jamiroquai. I also listened to a couple of podcasts (Roy and HG, and an interview with NBA commissioner, David Stern, by Bill Simmons).

There was another fruit miscalculation: everything needed to be eaten or thrown 10km before Broken Hill, whereas I thought it would be on the SA border, 50km west of Broken Hill. This meant that I ate about 8 apples, 4 mandarins, a punnet of strawberries, an orange and a grapefruit as I drove! Still needed to throw out a few tomatoes and a bag of oranges - no thermomix heroics this time around, as there was no space to pull over and set up the generator.

I have booked into a caravan park tonight, so that I can watch the Dockers. It is difficult to know which will feel longer: driving 600km through semi-arid countryside or watching the Dockers try and stave off the Collingwood juggernaut. It is sad to say that the Dockers have featured in many of my poor experiences of this trip.

Sorry about no pics. I am not really into taking photos with no people interest in them, I will try and work on something for tomorrow.

Continuing the retroblog...

Leaving Kiama, we drove up to Sydney to a caravan park in Lane Cove, about 25 minutes from the CBD. The caravan park is situated in the National Park. We enjoyed the rain forest surroundings, the wildlife and the sense of solitude. Sydney is a crazy place, and driving is a nightmare. Fortunately there was a train station within walking distance,and so we bought a family weekly pass and basically did all our travelling on public transport. Sydney Harbour is truly wonderful. The boys enjoyed the train over the Harbour Bridge, and seeing the Opera House and the Rocks area. A trip on the Manly Ferry, a visit to see Cars 2 on the IMax big screen (the largest cinema screen in the world) followed by a meal at Darling Harbour were highlights. We also joined a great little church at a shopping centre, called "Soma", which had a great relaxed feel, and an excellent teaching pastor.
The Opera House

The Opera House

The whatsit Bridge

The whatsit Bridge

The Rocks, Sydney

The Rocks, Sydney

Cars 2 on the largest cinema screen in the world (Darling Harbour)

Cars 2 on the largest cinema screen in the world (Darling Harbour)


We unfortunately did not see much sunshine while we were in Sydney, but the city has such energy and natural beauty that it didn't really matter. Next we were off to the Central and North Coast regions.

Posted by Phil Croot 04:02

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