Norah Head lighthouse is around 115 kilometers from Sydney. Built in the year 1903, this lighthouse provides a panoramic view of Pacific ocean. It is an active lighthouse and hosted the last lighthouse keeper in New South Wales.
The lighthouse is open for visitors and has guided tours every day of the year except the Anzac Day and Christmas Day. The guided tour costs AUD 6 per adult and is totally worth it. The guide takes the visitors to the lantern tower where you can see the lantern in operation. Pretty cool, isn’t it!
The guide ‘Chris’ provided us a brief history of the lighthouse and the structural design. The lighthouse was built due to the many wrecks occurring around that area during the late 1800s and is around 90 feet high. Earlier in the days, if one had to be employed in the lighthouse, then the person had to be a male, married and short.
He also mentioned how few mistakes were deliberately made while building the lighthouse. Two mistakes were made on the door – one of the stars were incomplete and the lion was facing the other side unlike the British symbol which faces the other side.
We then headed to the lantern tower. Even though at a distance the lighthouse looked like it was blinking, but in reality there were no light blinking, it was just the lantern rotating.
I would definitely recommend the 30 minutes guided tour. It provides an insight into the history and the operations of a lighthouse.
Freemans is undoubtedly one of the beautiful camping sites I have ever been to. It is a popular camping ground in Munmorah State Conservation area. The campground has access to the untouched beach Birdie Beach.
The campground has basic facilities like barbecue and picnic tables, toilets and showers, carpark and drinking water.
How far is Freemans?
Freemans campground is around Lake Macquarie.
It is about 125 kilometers from Sydney.
It is an ideal destination for a weekend trip.
How do I book the campground and how much does it cost?
A weekend before my adventurous travel to Nepal, my friends, Saira, Vijay and Som and I decided to take our first long drive in Ruhi to Huskisson. The places we covered at the end of the road trip were Fitzroy Falls, Huskisson, Point Perpendicular lighthouse and Nowra and we had driven approximately 500 kilometers.
Our first stop was to Fitzroy Falls. Fitzroy Falls is approximately 2 hours (140 kilometers) drive from Sydney. It is the waterfall that drops for about 80 meters in the Morton National Park.
What to do in Fitzroy Falls?
There are plenty of small walks and lookouts that one can take from the visitor center. And note that the Fitzroy Falls visitor center is an award wining visitor center.
This was our second and main stop of our road trip. Huskisson, is a coastal town, on the shores of Jervis Bay. It is approximately 2 hours 40 minutes (193 kilometers) drive from Sydney and approximately 1 hour (66 kilometers) drive from Fitzroy Falls.
Where to stay in Huskisson?
We stayed at Huskisson Beach motel, which is close to the city center and the restaurants.
What to do in Huskisson?
A must visit is to the beautiful white sand beach Hyams Beach. It is very picturesque.
Point Perpendicular lighthouse:
This was the third stop that we took, while returning from Huskisson. PointPerpendicular lighthouse is on the Beecroft Peninsula and was first lit in 1899. The lighthouse is approximately 2 hours 45 minutes (201 kilometers) drive from Sydney and approximately 45 minutes (50 kilometers) drive from Huskisson. It is one of the major coastal lights in the navigational aid.
This was our last and final stop before heading to Sydney. Nowra is a small country town. The town is approximately 2 hours (160 kilometers) drive from Sydney and approximately 40 minutes (41 kilometers) drive from Point Perpendicular lighthouse.
The streets of Nowra have some beautiful buildings and graffiti. It is a quiet town over the weekend.
What to do in Nowra?
One thing to try for sure when in Nowra is a restaurant called ‘Adithya Kerala Restaurant’. It’s a very small place but the food is delicious. Note it is pricey though. Sujith, the owner of the restaurant, is friendly and accommodating.
This is Day 2 and my friend Vijay and I are still at the Kathmandu airport waiting for our flight to Lukla. After a lot of talking and research at the airport, we have learned that there are mainly three options (okay four) to go to Lukla.
Option 1: Take a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The cost is approximately USD 180. This option is cheaper and best if you have too many days in hand as there are high chances that the flights get cancelled.
Option 2: Take a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Phaplu. And a helicopter from Phaplu to Lukla. The cost is approximately USD 180 and an additional cost of USD 150 per person. We had to pay for our guide as well.
Option 3: Take a helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla. This is the most expensive option and it costs approximately USD 500 per person.
Note: All costs mentioned above are only for one way.
We were also told about an Option 4 which is by road. Jeep ride from Kathmandu to Salleri. The road trip is about 9 hours. From Salleri to Phakding, the only way is to walk and the walk takes about 3 days. This is the longest travel option from Kathmandu to Lukla and it was definitely not feasible for us.
My first drive with Ruhi was to Helensburgh Temple. “It is always wise to take blessings from the almighty when you buy new things.” – This is something my mother always reiterates. I decided to listen to my mother and headed straight to Helensburgh Temple. My friends Som and Vijay accompanied me during my visit to the temple.
Where is Helensburgh temple and how far is it?
Helensburgh Temple, also known as Sri Venkateswara Temple, is in Royal National Park. It is about 50 kilometres from Sydney and takes around 1 hour 10 minutes to get there.
What is the speciality of Helensburgh Temple?
The temple is one of the most famous abodes of Lord Venkateswara. It is built on top of a hill and is definitely a must visit if you love temples. P.S. Anyone craving for South Indian food – there is a canteen behind the temple that sells delicious South Indian food.
How to get there?
I drove as I mentioned above. But there is public transport available to get to the temple.
Train: Sydney Central Railway Station to Helensburgh Railway Station
Bus: Helensburgh Railway Station to Helensburgh Temple. The buses run between 9 am and 4 pm.
Opal will get you to Helensburgh temple from Sydney.