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Have been really lazy to update my blog..

Winter is over and here comes the spring.. the most beautiful season.. the season that I love most. The temperature is quite high recently.. normally few degrees higher than average.. I guess summer is probably here.. skipping my favourite spring season..

Going to post some old photos.. the one that I owed for really long time.. procrastination.. that’s me!

These are some photos from Melbourne trip X’mas last year.. to think that Christmas this year is fast arriving..time flies.. really flies..

Kiama

Kiama

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Watched a movie here.. - Australia

Watched a movie here.. - Australia

Beautiful beach and sea..

Beautiful beach and sea..

Jervis Bay
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Everglades is one of Australia’s foremost heritage gardens. This treasure from the 1930s sits in twelve and a half acres of European-style gardens and native Australian bush with breathtaking views over the Jamison Valley in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains.

http://www.everglades.org.au/

IMHO, nothing really special there.. but it was a good walk in some nice gardens on a beautiful day!

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It is another long weekend in Sydney – Labour Day long weekend, which co-incides with the Floriade 2008! So we took the chance to visit the biggest flower festival in Australia, ushering in the most beautiful season in a year – the Spring..

Annual Event: Sat 13 Sep – Sun 12 Oct 2008

Floriade, Australia’s celebration of spring, blooms into Canberra each year transforming the usually green canvas of Commonwealth Park into a tapestry of colour. Over a million colourful bulbs and annuals bloom on cue, creating a vibrant display unrivalled by any other event of its kind.

There are a lot of tulips, poppies and other flowers that I don’t know their names..

Floriade 1

Little flowers

Floriade 2
Little flowers-close up
Tulips!!!

Tulips!!!

Tulips + Me!

Tulips + Me!

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Continuing the photo post..

We continued driving towards Kosciuszko National Park. This is the largest national park in New South Wales and one of the greatest in the world. Covering almost 675,000 hectares, the park contains the highest mountains in Australia, the famous Snowy River and all NSW ski fields. Its many and varied attractions include walks through alpine herbfields; spectacular caves and limestone gorges; scenic drives; and historic huts and homesteads. 

In summer, vehicle pass is AUD16. The fee increases to AUD27 during winter!

Because it was still summer. We paid AUD16 to enter the park. And the pass was valid for one day. Then we continued to drive towards Perisher Valley.. 

The moment I stepped out of the car, I realised that I was not wearing enough clothes! It was freaking windy and cold in Perisher Valley! The strong wind almost blown me away!

 

Didn’t I look funny!?

Climbing to the lookout point..

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ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia’s most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they soon took in that name endures to this day.

So we had one day off!! It was another long weekend (26 Apr – 28 Apr 08). Our plan is to drive all the way to Snowy Mountains.. It is about 5-hours drive away! Considered pretty far.. We would stay in Cooma, which is about one hour away from mountains area and Cooma is about 400km away from Sydney!

The speed limit in most of the freeway (freeway means free highway.. haha) here is 110km/h. Sometimes lower. A nice surprise was the free coffee at one of the rest areas near canberra (but the coffee didn’t taste good at all =P)!

Free coffee + my super long hair (btw, I cut my hair after that)

It was early Autumn. The views along the journey was really different from all the green trees we have in tropical countries..The falling leaves, the balding trees and the vast, seemingly endless fields made the entire journey an eye opener for me!

The endless vastness…

The balding trees.. and a lot of rocks along the roadside..

From Cooma, we drove to Jindabyne (a very beautiful lake..) Along the way, we passed by a village, called Berridale which is famous for its Poplar trees..

This is the famous Poplar Drive.

The Poplar Drive
The chief attractions of the town are the poplar drive (on the Jindabyne side of town) which, in autumn, boasts one of the finest stands of yellowing poplars anywhere in the Snowy Mountains and the old schoolhouse in Oliver Street which dates from 1883 and is listed by the National Trust. Although the buildings have had extensions they still are a reminder of what a small country school was like at the end of the nineteenth century. Of particular interest is the gabled roof and the unusual curved corrugated iron roof. They are actually two buildings which have been joined by the inevitable pragmatic extension

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🙂 Just got back from Snowy Mountains…

I SKI-ed for the first time..

I saw MANMADE snow for the first time..

It was fun.. a more detailed photo blog will be uploaded ASAP..

SKI

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Southern Highlands

The Southern Highlands, ninety minutes from Sydney, includes the larger towns of Mittagong, Bowral and Moss Vale. Smaller villages such as Berrima, Exeter, Bundanoon and Robertson offer unique attractions, shopping and eateries. A number of vineyards in the region, now have cellar door sales and the wine trail is a major attraction. In spring people come from all over the world to enjoy Tulip Time and the many private gardens open to the public. At the edge of the shire is the Morton National Park with excellent facilities at Fitzroy Falls .

Southern Highlands also include Goulburn, which is on the far side of the Southern Highlands, is Australia first inland city and today has a wonderful wide main street and boasts many preserved colonial buildings.

We visited Southern Highlands during a sunny Sunday. We managed to have a short visit to Mittagong, Bowral and Fitzroy Falls. The place is really wonderful. Relaxing atmosphere, beautiful landscape..

Autumn shows his color through the trees..

A small church in Bowral.

 

Fitzroy Falls.. magnificent, isn’t it?

 

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