Karuah to Goulburn

We decided to take the scenic route from Karuah to Goulburn – instead of freeways and motorways to the west of Sydney, we went via Wisemans Ferry. This used to be the main route north out of Sydney to Newcastle, until early last century. It’s very windy, slow and beautiful. Unfortunately, there’s very few places to pull over for shots of the Hawkesbury River or the quaint old shacks and cottages.

We got the ferry across the river at Wisemans Ferry – I had tried to find out how much it costs, looking up various sites on the internet – so for your information: it’s free!

Ferry at Wisemans Ferry
Ferry at Wisemans Ferry

There’s a little park (I’d thought at first it was a lovely big park, but there’s a golf course right next to it) next to the ferry with some information on monuments:

Ferry at Wisemans Ferry
Ferry at Wisemans Ferry

We stopped for coffee at Busby’s Cafe, to admire the views:

View from Busby's Cafe at Wisemans Ferry
View from Busby’s Cafe at Wisemans Ferry

There was a lookout up the hill, but you couldn’t see anything for the trees. There were some sandstone formations though, so I photographed them:

View at lookout
View at lookout

A couple of minutes up the road was another lookout – Hawkins Lookout – which was much better. Still a lot of trees but there was some river visible there!

View at Hawkins Lookout
View at Hawkins Lookout

Then we headed on to Goulburn – the route between Wisemans Ferry and the start of the M7 was (at the start) very pretty, though zigzaggy! Thank God for Google maps offline! We’d never have found our way without it!

The trip from Wisemans Ferry to Goulburn took about 3 hours, and once we got there, we went straight to visit my friend who lives there and had a coffee and a chat. Then we went to check in and freshen up before meeting for dinner at the bowls club.

Goulburn is the first city away from the coast and has lots of historic buildings, including the bowls club:

Bowls Club at Goulburn
Bowls Club at Goulburn

After dinner, since it was still early, we headed up to the War Memorial lookout. There’s some brilliant views up there:

Views at War Memorial Lookout, Goulburn
Views at War Memorial Lookout, Goulburn
Views at War Memorial Lookout, Goulburn
Views at War Memorial Lookout, Goulburn
Views at War Memorial Lookout, Goulburn
Views at War Memorial Lookout, Goulburn
Views at War Memorial Lookout, Goulburn
Views at War Memorial Lookout, Goulburn
Views at War Memorial Lookout, Goulburn
Views at War Memorial Lookout, Goulburn

There’s also a museum up there, which was closed at this time, but had some Howitzer cannons on display outside:

Views at War Memorial Lookout, Goulburn
Views at War Memorial Lookout, Goulburn

We drove back into town and John showed us some lovely buildings on Sloane street. The light was shining gold on them and I was itching to take photos but it would have been rude, so after we said goodbye to John we headed back there on our own but it was all over, sadly. I took photos anyway:

Historic Buildings in Goulburn
Historic Buildings in Goulburn
Historic Buildings in Goulburn
Historic Buildings in Goulburn
Historic Buildings in Goulburn
Historic Buildings in Goulburn
Historic Buildings in Goulburn
Historic Buildings in Goulburn

It was getting cold and we were tired, so headed back to our hotel for warmer clothes and a cuppa before going for a night walk-around and photo trek. I’m not really happy with the photos – I haven’t got the hang of my new camera yet, I think…

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The Goulburn Pub at night
The Goulburn Pub at night
The Courthouse at night, Goulburn
The Courthouse at night, Goulburn

And a picture of our hotel – looks nice from the outside, but not so good inside our rooms. And noisy! Not recommended.

The Alpine Heritage Motel by night, Goulburn
The Alpine Heritage Motel by night, Goulburn

Reworked and larger sized pictures from this day are here. Click on the first picture and then move through them at full screen size.

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