Blue Mountains - Australia
Trip Start Aug 15, 2008
90Trip End Aug 14, 2009
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Diane, Rodney & Lara had flown out to Australia to meet up with us, as part of their extended holiday in Australia.
We had arranged to fly into Sydney Airport the same day as they flew back from Ayres Rock; our flight was scheduled to arrive a couple of hours before theirs so we thought it would be nice to meet them off the plane.
Well, sods law applied - our flight was late, we had to pick up our bags & go through immigration, the International Terminal was an awkward train ride away from the Domestic Terminal & Diane's mobile battery was flat so we couldn't contact her. We missed them by 10 minutes !
We had booked into the same hotel & we arrived about 15 minutes after them, so all was not lost.
It was lovely to see them all & we were delighted that Lara was so excited to see her Grandma & Grandpa. We all went out that evening for a meal at Darling Harbour to catch up on the news (we tried to ignore the financial news from home).
We set off for the Blue Mountains, which are only 60km from Sydney & stopped to make a pot of tea at Glenbrook which is near the main park entrance. It was then we discovered we had a gas leak & the cooker wouldn't work, worse still, it was Good Friday & the camper hire company was not too keen to sort it out.
We made our way to Blackheath camp site & plugged-in, unloaded & topped-up (things you have to do with camper-vans, apparently).
We had to get dressed in shifts in the morning, but we soon got into a routine & actually found the van quite cozy.
Marching off to the shower rooms in the morning was the social highlight of the campsite, my voice got hoarse saying "G'day Mate" to everyone.
Rodney managed to mend the gas leak (it's useful having an expert with you), so we set off to see the Blue Mountains.
Hunter Valley is the original wine growing region of Australia & is full of beautifully manicured vineyards, most of which provide wine tasting & will sell you bottles at a special (higher) price. In one of these, I was asked what type of wine I preferred but they had never heard of Rioja or Malbec so I tried their range of reds - the woman got quite annoyed when I didn't enthuse about any of them !