A wonderful day of sightseeing and friendship. Despite the prospect of continued rainy weather, we all set off for the day. There were thirteen of us in five separate cars. We met at Mittagong Tourist Information Centre at 10:30 am and had a lovely morning tea in the sunshine!
After morning tea, we then browsed in the Centre which had a great variety of goods including lots of Australian made articles and wines. We drove a short distance to Lake Alexandra which had various species of ducks. The Lake is man-made which started its life as a dam to provide water for steam train engines hauling coal to the Fitz Roy Iron Works 140 years ago. The Iron Works was the first iron works in Australia, which operated from 1848 to the 1890s, establishing the industry in this country. We then visited the exposed remains of the Iron Works which is a protected site located in the underground car park of the Highlands Marketplace at Mittagong.
Our next stop was Mount Gibraltar Reserve (between Mittagong and Bowral) and a short walk to the lookout which was a great view despite some low cloud. A short distance from that we went to the Jellore Lookout with a view of the Mittagong-Bowral Road and houses tucked away in the bush.
Next stop was Berrima which is an historic area. On one side of the road there are various historic buildings including Berrima Gaol (which is now a Correctional Centre for minimum security offenders) and the Berrima Court House (courts held until 1884, School of Arts 1936, restored 1970’s and opened to the public from 1979). On the other side of the road, there are charming shops – one of our favourites was Mrs Oldbucks Pantry where it is hard to resist the locally made jams, teas and sauces. We wandered separately, meeting at times as we strolled
along, and also had our lunch.
We then headed back to a members home for a hearty afternoon tea at 3:00 pm. We left at 4:00 pm for home. Thank you to those who organised the day,