Bathurst & back by bus

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Do you love going on holidays? Exploring new places, seeing unfamiliar sights, trying the local cuisine, alternating between fun and relaxation as much as you want? It’s something that everyone needs to do now and again to recharge our batteries and recover from our busy lives.

Just as they’ve done for the last six years, three of our Day 2 Day Living Centres – Penrith, Blacktown and the Richmond – offer the people who access our services a chance to go on a long trek, have fun and unwind in new surroundings. The participants decided that their destination for 2016 was going to be Bathurst and Jenolan Caves. A total of seventeen people who access our services made the long, four-and-a-half-hour trip to Bathurst (including stops). The bus trippers had plenty of chances to stop, grab a refreshment and stretch their legs, and thankfully the trip was lots of fun. Like every year, Peter Cochrane went above and beyond the call of duty by driving for the entire trip.

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Their itinerary was planned out in advance. The group took a drive all the way to Lithgow, stopping for lunch along the way, then headed to Jenolan Cabins for a total of four days and three nights. These charming little houses are on the edge of Blue Mountains Wilderness, and offer amazing views of the mountains, Kanangra Boyd National Park and the Jenolan Caves Reserve. As these environmentally-sensitive log cabins were pretty remote, it was a good opportunity to get back to the simple life: no Internet, no Foxtel and no mobile phones. However, the great views and peace and quiet were a nice change. Each cabin had four bunks and a queen bed, and had to be booked in advance. As the name indicates, Jenolan Cabins is only a ten minute drive to Jenolan Caves, making it an attractive choice for people who intend on visiting the caves affordably. In addition to Jenolan Caves, they also took a trip to Oberon (which is around half an hour from Jenloan Caves).

Narelle Passlow had an unexpected duty: as she was the only person in the group who knew how to light a fire in a slow-combustion fireplace, she was the designated Fire Lighter during their three night stay. This was very important, as it was very, very cold.

The group had a lot of cave tours to choose from, but decided on The Chifley due to the fact it was the most relaxed and the most accessible. They enjoyed the one-hour tour, and hope to go back for more in future.

For only $400 a head (food, transport and their entry to Jenolan Caves included), it doesn’t get much better. Two big factors in keeping costs down was getting a group rate and booking everything well in advance. A lot of the participants are already saving for next year! If you want to take part, the next trip is in October 2017.

As always, everyone had a fabulous time. Next year it’s hoped that Flowerdale, our Liverpool D2DL program, will take part, too. The more the merrier!

Reported by Narelle Passlow and Grant J Everett.

Some other highlights included…

* Touring the Mt Panorama Motor museum

* Doing a lap around Mt Panorama

* Visiting the Mineral and Fossil Museum

* Checking out some very smart animals at the Bathurst Sheep and Cattle Show

* Buying old-fashioned sweets at the Little Hartley Lolly Shop

* Having a BBQ with the Bathurst branch of Flourish Australia

Flourish Australia services at Blacktown, Penrith Richmond (Hawkesbury), Bathurst

1300 779 270

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