Canberra to Mount Ku-Rin-Gai

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Oldest continuously licensed pub in Australia,
Left this morning in the gorgeous sunshine after an al fresco fruit breakfast (very civilized!) in the backyard.  First stop was Berrima, which is just off the Hume Highway between Canberra and Sydney and is one of NSW's oldest inland towns.  There are some beautiful old buildings, including a gaol which is still operating, mostly built from sandstone.  You can have lunch in the oldest continually licensed inn in Australia, lovely atmosphere.  We also had Australia's best value ice cream cone here - two huge scoops in a sugar cone for $3.50 - what more could you want (mmm macadamia nut ice-cream)!!  By the time we left Berrimah it was increbily hot, so the car air-conditioning got a good workout.
Melissa & Noel at Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River, NSW.
  You could tell is was summer heading up the highway, there was loads of roadside stalls selling mangoes and cherries.  Before we arrived at Bec & Tom's place, we drove a little further up the Pacific Highway to Berowra where we stopped for a picnic lunch at the local sports ground.  There was a local cricket match in progress which was provided us with some soothing entertainment whilst we ate our sandwiches!  Bec & Tom took us to Brooklyn, on the Hawkesbury River, for dinner.  A really beautiful area with mountains and trees falling right down to the river edge.  We had fish and chips with a bottle of wine, so a very pleasant way to spend the evening.  This area of the Hawkesbury was used in the Australian film "The Oyster Farmer".  It also attracts loads of pelicans, who love to be fed at every opportunity.  As we walked along the river, we came across a family who'd brought their boat across for the evening.  The little girl was running around with a towel wrapped around her proclaiming "I am the enemy of the Daleks, I am half Cyber, half Dalek"!  Incredible that a show that kept us amused doing the same thing 30 years ago has now come full circle.  The light of the setting sun tonight was incredible, but unfortunately this is due the the bushfire smoke, so not something we can really wish for that often.
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