Once we retire, those who can afford it like to do a little travelling around Australia or around the world to experience things and places which we would not have had time to reach during our working life. With the speed of air travel, Europe, North America or Asia are no more than a day's journey away. Some of our members are lucky enough to visit exotic places or meet exotic people and have shared their experiences with us.
Bowral at Tulip Time
Seventeen of us boarded the 9:15 diesel from Central Station on 8th October for the two-hour trip to Bowral. The very comfortable open-plan carriage meant that we could all sit within talking distance of each other while enjoying the beautiful countryside in its spring colours through the huge observation windows.
Colin, our member from Mittagong, met us at Bowral Station and, with his local knowledge, kept the group together for our leisurely stroll to the Corbett Gardens' tulip display. He took us to the Arts and Crafts Exhibition and Sale at the Town Hall, and along picturesque streets to the Bradman Oval and Museum and St. Jude's Rectory gardens.
Then it was on to a local pub for a convivial counter lunch and beers. Until the train departure time approached, we browsed through the many antique and craft shops in the main street.
The weather was brisk, but we were all suitably clothed and everyone saidthat it was a great day out! For those who had Senior's Cards, the total cost of the day was about $10.
John and I propose to arrange a day-trip on the Zig-Zag Railway near Lithgow fairly soon.