George and Rosemary in Australia and New Zealand travel blog

Stanwell Park

Stanwell Park

Sea Cliff Bridge

Thiroul

Thiroul


The weather was warm and bright once more for our trip south. For an hour or so we passed through one suburb after another. Eventually we reached the forested area near the coast. We turned off the main highway onto a side road and before long came to Stanwell Park. A high cliff gave us extensive views of the coast stretching south with a wooded escarpment behind it. Near to us was a series of small beach resorts and in the distance the steel-works and other industries of Wollongong. The cliff is the base of a hang-gliding club and a flier repeatedly flew low above us.

A short distance farther south we saw the newly opened Sea Cliff Bridge stretching ahead. The Bridge carries the road on stilts above the sea and replaces a cliff road which collapsed into the Pacific. It is a beautiful curving structure. After driving along it we walked back along the footpath with spectacular views down to the sea and along the coast.

We stopped for a swim at Thiroul and then had a picnic lunch at Sandon Point a little farther south. There was no shade so we sat in the strong sun, watching surfers. On the way home we visited the Mount Keira lookout high above Wollongong. The route home used a new toll motorway avoiding the city.

In the evening Lyn took us to see her sister Helen and brother-in-law Chris at Northbridge on the shore of Middle Harbour. After a walk through the wooded suburb we had a meal at their house lying on steep slope so that even though we were on the ground floor at the front of the house we were high amongst the tree-tops at the back. Early in the evening a kookaburra alighted right next to us in the hope of getting some of the meat. Later we saw possums a few feet away in the trees.



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