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Mutawintji National Park, Outback NSW

 

Cheryl’s Choice: The Mutawintji National Park, Outback NSW

 

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The Real Outback, NSW, 100’s of klm’s  travelling on dirt roads.

 

Another incredible day, a visit to this majestic National Park that ought to be on most peoples ‘Bucket List’.

The Mutawintji National Park,  is located in the Far West region of New South Wales. It is approx. 170,290 acre in size and situated approximately 880 kilometres west of Sydney. It is rugged and dissected by colourful gorges, rockpools and creek beds lined with red gums. Scattered among the caves and overhangs are Aboriginal rock art and engravings. There are eight major walks, each with there own uniqueness. Cheryl chose the the Mutawintji gorge walk. Each walk varied in length and time, but generally each varied from 2 hours to say 4 hours with one particular historic walk only possible with an Aboriginal guide. You could camp in the area and do a number of walks over a few days if you were so inclined. (Thanks Cheryl, a marvellous choice)

Besides the Mutawintji National Park, the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers later travelled to White Cliffs, and the following day to Wilcannia and then Bourke.

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Gwylo Restaurant Mollymook

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Matt Upson’s new venture: Gwylo Restaurant Mollymook

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Chef extraordinaire, Matt Upson opens his latest venture: Gwylo Restaurant, Mollymook

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The name ‘Gwylo’ was Matt’s nickname working as a chef in Asia which he remembers as an ‘epic experience’. Matt has a super impressive background, having originally worked in South Australia for Cheong Liew, Simon Bryant and thereafter stints at Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island and Capella,at Lord Howe Island.

In 2010, after having travelled extensively through Asia, he and his partner moved to the south coast and open Tallwood in 2013. Tallwood was an outstanding success ranking among the best in the local area. Now 2020, Matt steps out to showcase his latest venture, the highly anticipated Gwylo Restaurant.

Gwylo is an ‘Asian Fusion’ style restaurant with an ever changing menu of ‘punchy Asian street food flavours’.

According to ‘Wikipedia’ “fusion food has become very popular as it offers culinary adventures based on unique and distinctive tastes, to the mainstream culinary culture. Food Fusion is a form of cooking that combines contrasting culinary traditions or techniques into a single dish. In Australia, due to the increasing influx of migrants, fusion cuisine is being reinvented and is becoming increasingly the norm at numerous cafes and restaurants, with Modern Australian Asian-fusion restaurants like Tetsuya’s in Sydney ranking highly in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.”

phone: (02) 4455 2443      map & address: 85 Tallwood Avenue, Mollymook.      facebook: Gwylo     website: Gwylo.com.au

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Mollymook Swimmers news update Sept 13, 20

Tilpa Hotel

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Clare, Bob and Gareth at Tilpa Pub

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The Tilpa Hotel on the Darling River

 

Clare, Bob and Gareth spent a couple of days at the crowded country village of Tilpa on the Darling River, especially spending time at the Tilpa Hotel. (Bob and Gareth were among the original Mollymook early morning swimmers and played a huge roll in getting our original ocean swim up and running back in 2003)

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Step back in time: Visit Historic Grenfell

 

Enjoyed a wonderful experience, visiting the historic town of Grenfell.

 

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Grenfell Caravan Park: Bob awakes, after sleeping the night in his tent. (The temperature was below zero on this occasion).

 

Grenfell’s history is so evident as you stroll down the main street and visit some of its old buildings and spend time talking to local character’s, some who have spent a lifetime living in Grenfell. The town came into being as a result of gold being found back in 1866. A highlight was to visit O’Briens Hill and take a walk through the old gold diggings and shaft where so much gold was found and view the remnant mining machinery.

We camped at the local Grenfell caravan park which we found to be very clean and conveniently located within walking distance into town and to numerous points of interest viz. the magnificent aquatic centre, Company Dam, the Silos, Historic Railway station, the Chrysler Car Museum, Visitor Information centre and so much more. Found Clare at the Visitors centre to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

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Mollymook swimmer, Lena back in Germany

 

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Lena, safe and sound back in her home town

 

Lena writes from Germany to give an update for her friends, the local Mollymook Ocean swimmers.

“It has been a busy past few weeks. I passed my other exam and in the end it all worked out well. I am working, trying to write all my essays and get a lecturer to help me with my bachelor thesis. 

I thought the situation here would be worse, but apart from having to wear a mask inside, having barely any bars open and just a few social get together’s with not many people and usually outdoors, it isn’t too bad. My only concern is that we are heading straight into winter and most of the things we are doing so far can’t work then. But I guess time will bring the answer. 

Hope you are all doing well! Attached photos of my home town and my weekend off work where we have been in the Netherlands at the coast, with what we call “waves” from a really strong wind”.

Miss you all, love Lena.

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Birthday – Surfing – Travel – Inspiration

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Birthday Lady – Liz

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Amazing cakes

 

Liz’s birthday morning tea plus some snippets from this week in the lives of the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers and their friends.

 

Request from Ken: Throughout the lock down period, many shared their fun stories and experiences which were so well received. Should you have any sources of inspiring stories to share, please on forward them to me and I’ll attach them to our swimmers e-news letters.

 

Today’s attachment is an amazing inspirational You Tube video clip sent in to share, courtesy of Heather Stewart.

A MUST WATCH! Its titled – Yes I Can Paralympian

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers e-news Aug 22-2020

 

Mollymook Beach, Picture Perfect – August 2020

 

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Mollymook Beach Thursday Morning – Perfect for swimming – Flat as!

 

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Thursday am: Ian a master of concentration

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Thursday am: Well it was ‘Flat as’

 

Beautiful swimming conditions at Mollymook beach, ‘Flat as’ then Ian pondered “Where did this wave come from”? That was Thursday, then on Friday there were swarms of Little Corella’s also known as ‘Blue eyed – White Cockatoo’s’ followed by another picture perfect day on Saturday the swimmers shared with a ‘Southern Right’ whale and some paddlers. (Click on pics to enlarge)

Plus a MUST watch video link at bottom of this post.

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John and Jacqui’s 70th Birthday Gift

 

John and Jacqui’s ‘Getaway’ to enjoy their 70th Birthday Gift from Family & Friends

 

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Bangalay room with golf course view

 

John and Jacqui enjoy their 70th Birthday Gift at ‘Bangalay’ Luxury Villas

John writes: “Jacqui and I arrived at Bangalay Luxury Villas on Sunday afternoon and it certainly lives up to its reputation. Villas have lovely modern design features and our patio looks out onto the golf course. Surf beach is a few minutes walk. We are having such a good time and would like to thank all our wonderful swimming and walking friends for our birthday treat. Our 3 day package included:

  • Complimentary wine and choc treats on arrival
  • In room continental breakfasts with yummy pastries, cereal, rhubarb compote and yogurt.
  • Delicious dinners both in room and in restaurant. Owners and staff here are very friendly and helpful.

Only downside is I had to have an emergency tooth extraction Monday morning and was instructed to avoid alcohol for the next 3 days so you’ll see the restaurant picture has me holding a mock-tail while Jacqui was enjoying a glass of bubbly.

Off to Jamberoo and Saddleback Mountain today so will get a chance to check out the views and the final hill climb leg of the Le Tape. Back home Wednesday and looking forward seeing you all”. Regards,John & Jacqui. 

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What a difference a year can make

 

Looking better with age, Garry and Bobby celebrate 70th Birthday’s

 

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Garry 70 today, sets the bar high: Whisky & Cake

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Bobby 70 this past Tuesday, enjoys a whisky.

 

Thanks to Garry and Noelene we enjoyed fabulous cake and a malt whisky. What a way to start the day! 

 

Below Bobby and Garry in all sorts of pain and discomfit following operations over a year ago. Now today, one year + on and they are a picture of health.

 

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A year ago

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Adios Lena, best wishes from the Mollymook Swimmers

 

Adios Lena, the swimmers will miss you. When are you planning to come back?

 

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9.30 pm at Sydney Airport last night. My next stop is Doha in the United Arab Emirates, then (I won’t sleep) en-route to Frankfurt, West Germany

 

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Lena accepts the swimmers book as a gift

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Lena serves up her German ‘Adios’ Cake

 

Lena had been given permission to do her practical teaching overseas for a month. She arrived in Australia late February 2020 and as was her custom, headed straight to Mollymook beach every morning for a surf. She was due to return to Germany late March 2020, her plane was cancelled due to the Corona Pandemic and here she has remained, isolated on the other side of the world on an island called Australia.

In Lena’s words: “I came for work-experience in February and I have since had difficulty getting back home to my parents in West Germany. Thanks to the Mollymook swimmer’s for helping me throughout this difficult past few months. I couldn’t even give you all a hug at my farewell morning tea and cake on Tuesday morning. Love you all and will miss you. Till we meet again. Love Lena”

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Mollymook Swimmers – 8/8/20 Week in review

 

A Memory of the nice surf during this past week

 

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Kathryn takes on some decent size waves.

 

Sitting at home in these terrible conditions with rain and wind from the east, it’s good to just look back and consider how well off we are here in the Mollymook Milton Ulladulla area even though its winter, we have enjoyed nice sunny days and a good surf during the day this past week, until today.    (Click on pics to enlarge)

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Swimmers e-news, returns thanks to Kelly

 

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Billy R. releases his humorous epistle on the 8 am Mollymook Ocean Swimmers (Pic above features Rod Austin on the cover)

 

Billy (Rusho) handed out his 8 page epistle yesterday to the 8.00 am swimmers. Talking to various swimmers it was very well received. Comments such as: “Its nice to have some humour in this ongoing difficult COVID-19 period.

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Week in Review: Swimmers and the Big Surf

 

The week in Review – Mollymook Ocean Swimmers tackle the big seas

 

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Tony comes adrift big time

 

To celebrate the ending of COVID-19 restrictions, Huey sent through a big surf this past week to test the forgotten skills of the local surfers. Attached are a few examples of the fun experienced during the bigger than normal surfing conditions.

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