Wollongong Travel Blog› entry 6 of 9 › view all entries
Fog shrouded every valley and turn in the morning.
We were headed for the city of Wollongong. As far as I know, the third largest city in New South Wales. Wollongong sits on the coast a few hours south of Sydney, and has it's own university. It is a steep descent down to the coast, and big trucks have to use the left lane and descend at 40k's an hour. Our ears popped as we dropped down the sloping highway.
We arrived at about seven in the morning and already it was shaping up to be a good day. The sun sparkled above the sea and some surfers were already out there. The sand was beautiful and to the left was a lighthouse, and to the right was a concentration of industrial buildings puffing out plumes of smoke.
Strangely the sight of the factories wasn't off-putting. In the distance they were softened by the blueish tint that lies upon most of Australia and seemed as much a part of the coast as the lighthouse. We fell asleep on the beach, which was neither hot nor cold, sunny and with a pleasant sea breeze. How nice it was to be on a beach again!
A few hours later we stopped at Woolworths (we have the same supermarket chain in Victoria... except it is called Safeway). We managed to lock the keys in the car but luckily Ali kept a spare key somewhere near one of the wheels. Half an hour later, we were in again!
A brief stop at Mt Keira where lots of families were having lunch. Then onward. The Blue Mountains await.