Hong Kong S.A.R., Australia · 9 Days · 18 Moments · December 2017

Cliff & Jill's journi to Australia

6 January 2018

6th Jan 2018 our last day. Jill and I up early to see sun rise at 5:50am over the three sisters followed by a short walk along echo point back to hotel.

5 January 2018

5th Jan lovely meal at Avalon a converted cinema. Baked Camembert followed by Duck. A lovely last night with the Chapmans following a wonderful holiday.
5th Jan after a nice cuppa and a fantastic slice of orange Jaffa cake off we headed to Govetts Leap overlooking Grose Valley on the other side of the escarpment. Short 2km walk to Horseshoe falls then back to the hotel for G n T,s on the balcony.
5th January 2018 - A day exploring Blue Mountains. Started at Wentworth Falls and a pretty under cliff walk to the falls.
5th Jan 2018. Up early for a 8 km run along Cliff Drive at Katoomba never going to be fast with views like these.....

4 January 2018

Wallabies and wildlife on Jenolan Cave Walk
Jenolan Cave walk along by Blue Pool about 3 KM there and back. Very pretty and rewarded with sightings of two wallabies near the end.
Jan 4th - Jenolan Caves, great drive to the caves down the steep winding road to the valley floor. Visited Lucas Cave featuring some of the largest caverns in the system.

3 January 2018

Echoes Hotel Blue Mountains. The views don’t get better than this from your hotel room.
Beautiful drive from Hunter to Blue Mountains via Yengo National Park photo is from the climb up to Blue Mountains looking back at Hawkesbury river.
Wine Country Villas in Hunter Valley. Sat out at 5.30am with my book watching to Kangaroos on the grass in front the balcony. Pure relaxation. Sad to leave but now on to the Blue Mountains.

2 January 2018

Tuesday 2nd Jan - Tones Tours exclusive Wine Tasting. Started at Audrey Wilkinson, far too busy to try any, so onto their sister vineyard Cockfighters Ghost where discovered Christmas in a glass. Then we moved onto Mount Pleasant for a couple of meaty reds followed by Lunch at Gundog Estate and their excellent selection of Semillons. After lunch the obligatory stop at McGuigans for a Shiraz and the Hunter Valley Cheese company. Final stop of the day and best wine tasting at Scarborough and the beautiful views down the vineyard, here unanimously agreed the best wine by far was their Pinot Noir Rose. Back home for BBQ and a great lightning storm show over the valley.

1 January 2018

Webb's Walkabouts now in charge of accommodation. Staying at Wine Country Villas for two nights which are lovely. Nice BBQ and quiz on the deck last night. Awoke to Kangaroos (sorry Chappers you missed them) and Hot Air balloons.

31 December 2017

Ringside seats from the balcony of Sydney Opera House for the midnight fireworks. Show lasted at least 12 mins and was immense see link to see whole thing https://www.sydneynewyearseve.com. Best NYE ever. Thanks to Tones Tours for organising and the great company of the Happy Chappys. You are forgiven for the Manly Beach Hotel.
The Opera Gala. Naughty Jilly "No Photos!" X
Pre Party NYE at the Opera Gala at Sydney Opera House. Dressed to impress!

30 December 2017

29 December 2017

Hong Kong airport about to head off to Sydney.