Chris and Sue making the most of their retirement
Sue and Chris provide an update on their glorious trip together. They write: “We are currently on our way to Coober Pedy, so I thought it was about time to send a few photos and give an update on our trip this far.
Our journey thus far has taken us through Narooma and Tathra, then inland to the Snowy Mountains. We spent a few days there, climbing Mount Kosciusko and walking the new ´Snowies Alpine Walk´ from Guthega to Charlottes Pass and return. Well worth doing, stunning scenery along the Snowy River, and so very different in summer!
We headed to Albury to see granddaughters and then followed the Murray River for a few days, passing through Yarrawonga and Eucha. A holiday in a houseboat is calling! Next stop was Halls Gap and the wonderful Grampians. We did a few of the walks here, including The Pinnacle and The Balconies. Again, beautiful scenery and definitely a place to return to.
Inadvertently following the Silo Art trail, we were thrilled to see the incredible artwork on these iconic silos. The attention to detail, on such a large ˋcanvas´ was amazing.
After a few weeks away from the ocean we headed to the salty refuge of Victor Harbour SA , where Chris had a surf (disappointing) and Sue ran in the local Park Run (not disappointing). We also enjoyed the beautiful Encounter Bikeway, riding from Victor Harbour around to Goolwa, where the Murray meets the ocean.
Adelaide and the Clare Valley were next on the agenda, and again we really enjoyed riding on the Riesling Rail Trail followed by a fantastic lunch -and Riesling- at a Winery. From here we travelled up to the Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound. We spent Easter climbing St Mary Peak (quite strenuous) and eating Lindt bunnies (not so strenuous).
The quaint little town of Quorn was worth stopping in. Originally the hub for the old Ghan train, it has gained fame for being used for many Aussie films over the years. We were also treated to a fantastic Silo Sound and Light show at sunset, where the history of the town and imagery of the stunning Flinders Ranges are projected onto the silos with a corresponding narration played over the local radio. It was just like being at the old drive-in movies! An iconic outback experience.
We have been to Woomera today, exploring the Rocket Range history of the once secret town. Tonight we’re staying by a salt lake, which Sue went for a run on…an eerie and interesting experience. Should have brought the Tequila with us!
Well, that’s about it for now. We are missing you all, but having a wonderful time. Have a swim for us, we certainly aren’t doing any laps out here anywhere!! Much love, Sue and Chris”.
Ken B., Mollymook Beach Waterfront: Editor for Mollymook News, Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla and Mollymook Ocean Swimmers