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Day 7 – In Transit

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Today we lost the day to driving, getting up at 7am and departing Coffs just a fraction after 8am.  We made excellent time to Newcastle, only stopping for fuel on the way, and arriving just after midday.

Upon reaching outer Newcastle, we traversed into the centre of town and Toni dropped me off at Black Pug Records in Islington, while the family backtracked to a playground at Islington Park.


I spent a while chatting and browsing before making two purchases and then getting picked up as we made our way further south via Charlestown.  We stopped briefly at Warners Bay (there’s another record place here btw) before moving to my grandmother’s place at Valentine.

My grandmother is something of an enigma, she just turned 95 years old, and still manages to get by in a three storey house by herself.  She was in need of some assistance when we popped by, so the timing was good.


We spent a couple of hours before bidding farewells and hitting the road again.

Still making excellent time on the road, we managed to traverse the outer northern suburbs of Sydney and in through the Lane Cove tunnel/harbour bridge to arrive around 6pm at the Wyndham Sydney.

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After sorting out our parking situation and getting our bags and assorted items up into the room, we crossed the road and had a great dinner at the Crown Hotel, which is a hidden gem on Elizabeth St. 

The meals are always great and it’s relatively inexpensive for the Sydney CBD.  Toni got some milk and bread from World Square while I took the boys back to get them settled.  There’s a leaking pipe in the wall of the room,so I expect we’re in for a long night.



Day 1 – Pokolbin and Hunter Valley

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16/9/2018: Today we embarked on our first formal day of holidays for the 2018-2019 spring/summer season.


Unfortunately, the first day was rather like an “at sea” day; we’re just repositioning for the proper holiday.  First, some business – we drove from Canberra to the heart of Sydney to drop off three cases of wine.  We had a delayed start – about an hour and a half – because Toni’s car had a tyre with a puncture, and it took some time to figure out how to solve that problem in Canberra on a Sunday.

Late start notwithstanding, we made Sydney just before 3pm (door to door) and met my Aunt who is kindly holding the cases until our return later on.  We’ll be depositing the cases at Langton’s for auction and sale.


By the time we left Sydney we were batting sunlight, and with a freeway side toilet stop, struggled to reach Cessnock before 6pm.  We drove direct to a little hotel/bistro (Potters Hotel and Brewery) just off the main highway leading to wine country and had a great meal while the kids played on the large play equipment.

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Around 7:15pm we returned to the fully laden car and my right shoe tore open.  First time in a long time I wasn’t carrying a spare pair.  The drive to the overnight stay was brief and uneventful.

Tomorrow we need to decide what to do.  I’ll be looking for a new pair of shoes!  We may pay Cessnock a visit before continuing north.  All I know is that I left the standard stove top peculator at home, so we won’t be having daily fresh coffee Sad smile

See you tomorrow.