|Dennis with John at a NCYC function.|
Newcastle is a coal mining town that has done a major transformation over the last 15 years. We are very happy we came to Newcastle – and because it is close to Sydney, we will get to sail into Sydney Harbour after all. And we will spend New Year’s Eve at the Rocks near the bridge where it is all happening!
|The Tram Tour was a fun way to get an overview of the area.|
The week was filled with fun activities, Happy Hours and many meals together. Here is a sampling of what we did:
- Yoga for Yachties (every other morning): I dragged my stiff weary body out to do this and found it very enjoyable. I think my back would rather to yoga at 9 AM instead of 7:30 AM, though.
The lovely Memorial Bridge walk.An Aussie BBQ: Our first introduction to the barbeques for which Oz is famous. Apparently, throughout the country in the parks and along the roads, there are BBQ stations where you put in coins to use the propane Barbie, then clean up after yourselves for the next people to use it. Steak, chicken (chook, here) and sausages (bangers) are the usual fare.
- Discover Newcastle Tram Tour: This was a fun day of riding on a restored tram car to get an overview of the greater Newcastle area including across the river at Stockton. We saw their famous walkway that goes for miles between the harbor and the southern area of Merewether. Along the way we visited the oceanside saltwater swimming pools, a number of beaches and walked on the famous Memorial Bridge.
What a view from Memorial BridgeCruising New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland (QLD): It is now obvious that we should have planned for two years here! There is a lot to see and do both on land and by boat. The cruising grounds all along the coast make it one of best cruising areas in the world. And they speak English –sort of!
- Newcastle by Bike Street Art Tour: Bicycling is big here. And so is street art and pubic parks. Like New Zealand, Australia is a real outdoors place. We did not participate in this as we were scheduled to do a different bike tour that got canceled. We did ride bikes from the marina all the way to the end of the breakwater at Nobby’s Head. It is about a three mile ride out there. So I consider a six mile trek my exercise for the day!