Two Places Named Walla Walla

Some towns that seem quite unremarkable have a fascinating history when you look a little more deeply. Such is the case of Walla Walla, NSW. On our way home from Port Macquarie, we called into this little town because it is the name sake of the city in which my lovely friend Keiko lives in…

Getting Home From Our. Reunion

We were up and on the road early last Saturday in Dubbo for the next part of our journey home from our reunion at Port Macquarie. It had been a pleasant overnight stay and I slept rather well, even though I had a few sore spots from my fall in Armidale. My neck is still…

Our Extended Stay in Armidale

Our stay in Armidale was extended by an unplanned day after an accident that occurred when I fell down a flight of stairs in the dark. I had negotiated a half price deal for the last remaining room at Rydges Powerhouse Hotel in Armidale which was above the reception and office and accessed by an…

Beaches and Waterfalls in New South Wales

Sometimes it is nice just to dawdle along. Over the last two days we have covered just 298 kilometres as we pottered along on the start of our journey home from Port Macquarie. Yesterday, we were awake at sunrise and began our travels  north along the coast to the little town of Urunga before turning…

Our 85 Transport Platoon Port Macquarie Reunion

Well,  we have just had a wonderful time at Port Macquarie with my old army unit where seventy five fellow veterans and their partners attended the 13th bi-annual reunion of 85 Transport Platoon (Vietnam). Our event began with a ‘Meet and Greet’ evening at the local Southport Club which gave us a big chance to…

Port Macquarie

We have finally made it to Port Macquarie where the 2019 reunion of 85 Transport Platoon (Vietnam) is being held over this weekend.  A few days ago we left the canola fields of northern Victoria behind and continued up the Hume Highway to Sydney. We stopped at Gundagai for a rest break and saw the…

On Our Way to Canberra

We are visiting the Nation’s capital, Canberra with Cathy and her girls. We spent two leisurely days driving here from Melbourne. We met up with Cathy at the roadhouse cafe near Wallan, north of Melbourne and then continued along the Hume Highway. Our first stop was just north of Seymour at Fowles Winery who make…

Sydney and Seals

There’s no doubt that Sydney and its harbour is a very scenic place. The Opera House is one of the world’s iconic buildings and the Bridge is a significant feature of the city. The harbour is quite magnificent. I’ve just spent the last two days in Sydney, catching up with some wonderful friends that I…

Kosciusko View

On my flight home from Africa, I flew a final sector from Sydney to Melbourne. On a beautiful clear afternoon, we had a spectacular view of the Kosciusko Range under snow; a real contrast to the tropical heat of Zanzibar where I had started NT trip home, some 24 hours earlier. In this photo from…

Arriving in Broken Hill

Well, after a very bumpy ride overnight which made sleeping very difficult, we arrived in Broken Hill at 6.40 this morning. It was very cold (1.8c) and I decided to walk along the platform and count the number of carriages on the train. This turned out to be difficult to do as the train was…

Leaving Sydney on the Indian Pacific

Our train left Sydney this afternoon at 2.55 pm. We spent a day in Sydney yesterday doing some shopping and then had a wonderful dinner with Jill & Derek King and Graham & Janice Chalkely who we met on our Rhine River Cruise. Jill made a wonderful meal and we chatted until quite late before…

Katoomba

Thursday saw us driving to Katoomba in the Blue Mountains so that we could have a look at some of the rugged scenery in that area. We hadn’t been up that way for many years. There is a lot of roadwork tailing place on the road up through all the Blue Mountain towns such as…