Posted by Neville | Posted in Destinations, Environment, Places | Posted on 10-11-2012
Tags: Driving, Environment, Places, Sydney, Travel
Driving On Busy Roads
After months of travelling on quiet country roads with the occasional freeway driving, it came as a bit of a shock to hit the hustle and bustle of city driving that comes with being in Sydney.
We have moved from the central region of NSW, through Wagga Wagga, Goulburn and down the Hume Highway/Freeway to Sydney. Our destination in Sydney was Lane Cove River Tourist Park, at North Ryde, just 14kms from the CBD. Thankfully when I asked the best way to get there I was told to use the Western Link (M7) and M2 Toll roads, since that would cut out a lot of stop/start driving on busy streets. That turned out to true, and my experience driving the Landcruiser on some of the roads is proving to be very challenging, especially when the roads we are travelling on are unknown, and there seem to be hundreds of signs to read and comprehend.
A Quiet Park
Despite being so close to the city, and near some high rise office and business headquarters the Lane Cover River Tourist Park is quiet with very pleasant surroundings. The site on which we have set up is private, with trees and shelter. It is a site that has to have the van backed into it, and there’s not a lot of room to swing into it. With the help of another camper, we managed to site the van well.
Soon after we arrived we were visited by a couple of Brush Turkeys, who visit quite regularly as they wander the park scratching the bark for the goodies they want to eat. The Noisy Miners, however, don’t seem to appreciate them as they are often seen annoying the Brush Turkeys. So much so that I saw one of the turkeys fly over a neighbour’s caravan and slide down their awning in an effort to escape the Noisy Miner.
On the first night, I heard a rustling sound in the annexe, and discovered that a Brush Tailed Possum had found the vegetable peelings that were inside a bag left outside, and not yet taken to the bin. He sat and watched me for a while, but decided that by the time I got the camera ready he should be on his way out of there. Obviously the possum doesn’t know that we are not supposed to feed him!
An Extended Stay
With so many things to do and a pleasant environment at a very reasonable cost, we have decided to stay for 2 weeks at this park, before we move on to another, or find some low cost/free camping near the northern outskirts of Sydney where we have a house sit planned in about 4 weeks time.
Tomorrow is looking to be a day of discovery as we are driven around by our son and his partner. Since they live in inner Sydney, hopefully they can get us to some places that we might have missed without their background knowledge.