Sydney to Home: Illawara Light Railway Museum Dolphin Watch Cruise Peel's Ferry Service
Today we fly to Sydney and an exciting day awaits we enjoy a City Sights Tour as we travel over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and down the Domain to Mrs MacQuaries Chair, enjoy some superb views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. We then have free time at The Rocks. We stay for the night at the Rydges Motel Camperdown.
After breakfast we head into Berkley and visit the wonderful and mysterious Nan Tien Temple where we have a guided tour. Nan Tien Temple known as Southern Paradise is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere. The temple focuses on the exchange of eastern and western cultures the interchange of the traditional and the modern and also the adaptation with the local communities. We then travel to Port Kembla for Lunch and time to explore. We then travel to Illawarra where we visit the Light Railway Museum for a guided tour and a train ride. After we head south to Shell Harbour where we see the blowhole and then into Kiama for free time before our overnight stay at the Kiama Shores Motel.
This morning we travel to Jervis Bay where we enjoy a magical Seal and Sea with Dolphin Watch Cruise of Jervis Bay. The colony to the north contains up to 40 seals whilst the colony to the south is slightly smaller at approximately 30 seals. Both colonies offer fantastic viewing opportunities to see these dogs of the sea. And the seals make up only part of the cruise. On your way to the seals you will discover some of the greatest sights that Jervis Bay has to offer along the towering cliffs on the eastern side of the Bay. If the 300 foot cliffs dont impress then there are always the deep inlets, the caves, the irregular rock formations and the abundance of wildlife that habitate along the cliffs and learn about the history of how the spectacular Jervis Bay cliffs of Beecroft Peninsula were formed, with a perspective only seen from the calm waters of the bay. Lunch is then held at the local club. We then head to Ulladulla for time to explore. Later this afternoon we arrive at our home for the night at Araluen Motor Lodge, Batehaven.
This morning we head to Mogo for some free time in their shops before heading to Tilba Tilba, a National Heritage listed township, where we visit the Cheese Factory. Some time to explore the many craft shops and galleries in the perfectly-restored period village of Central Tilba. After lunch we continue along the beautiful South Coast to Bega have time to explore then continue reaching the scenic coastal township of Merimbula staying at The Comfort Inn.
This morning after a hearty breakfast we cross the border into Victoria travelling the Princess Highway passing through Genoa, Cann River, Orbost and Eden. We then arrive at Lakes Entrance for lunch and free time to explore. We then enjoy a relaxing and informative cruise along the beautiful Gippsland Lakes. The Gippsland Lakes support a diverse range of native vegetation and wild-life, boating activities and charming towns. We settle in to The Glenara RSL Motel, Lakes Entrance.
This morning we travel via Metung and Bairnsdale then travel to Sale, once an important inland river port and today, the largest city in Gippsland. We then pass through the rolling Strezlecki Ranges and the townships of Traralgon and Trafalgar and we then stop in Yarragon for lunch. We then pass through Packenham and the Dandenong Ranges through Healsville then onto Seymour stopping for afternoon tea finally arriving home after an interesting 6 Day East coast trip from Sydney.