The Big Trip Around Aus. in a Tin Can travel blog

Berrima Gaol

Wayne at Berrima Gaol

Wayne at the National Cricket Museum with Don Bradman

16th January. We are on our way again, heading for Mittagong where we plan to stay for three nights. We arrived at the caravan park at 11am, it’s a nice little park which should probably be heritage listed judging by the age of the amenities but they are clean and functional. After lunch we headed for Berrima, which is a small village these days, but still has the operational Berrima Gaol

17th January. After breakfast we decided to drive to Bowral to the International Cricket Hall of Fame (the Donald Bradman exhibition) we spent a good hour and a half there, the museum is very informative for anyone interested in cricket. Bowral is a very pleasant old town, there are a lot of very lovely homes with huge gardens. We also drove up to the Gibraltar Mountain Lookout which gives an amazing view over Bowral and Mittagong. On the way back to the caravan park we did some shopping at the Mittagong Shopping Centre, in the under ground car park are the ruins (footings) of an old iron smelting works from the late 1800’s it seems odd to have retained them in the car park.

18th January. The weather is cool and overcast, but we have decided to drive back to Kangaroo Valley and the Fitzroy Falls which are in the Morton National Park, the falls are only a short distance from the car park, it turned out a nice day weather wise, and the Falls are really impressive, the views from the lookouts over the surrounding mountainous country is spectacular, every where is so green and beautiful. The drive to Kangaroo Valley, is back over the steep, winding roads, although scary in parts the scenery is indescribable, as Alan said today photos just don’t capture the beauty. Kangaroo Valley is a small town which is home to a lot of artisans, the wood craft shop which specialises in rocking horses was something to behold, these beautiful toys, were more than that, they were almost sculptures.

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