One after the other the fishermen on the wharf reeled in their catch as we looked on from the timber deck on the historic cargo shed-turned-restaurant above. Watching the sunset with 180 degree vistas of ocean, lake and mountains was nothing short of magnificent. The freshness and quality of our meals—coupled with salty air and the theatre of the anglers on the fishing platform below—made for a most memorable evening.
'Sprinkle my ashes on Saddleback Mountain so I can look upon those views for eternity,' I've always said to my family. Rising 600 metres above sea level and with spectacular vistas to the Lake Illawarra escarpment, Barren Grounds Plateau—as well as Noorinan Mountain, Coolangatta Mountain and Pigeon House Mountain—Saddleback sits high over the townships of Kiama and Gerringong, and looks out across the Tasman Sea.
Postcards and Morsels - Darwin
According to Lonely Planet, Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory (NT) is 'a mellow, modern metropolis [and] sociable hub where non-Aboriginal meets Aboriginal (Larrakia), urban meets remote, and industry meets idleness.'Darwin’s location on a tropical tip of the country’s north coast means six subtle shifts of season, with a not-so-subtle disparity between the Dry and Wet, which can bring colossal storms'. Indeed! Mention Darwin to anyone with even the slightest knowledge of the city, and the devastation of Cyclone Tracy in 1974 is certain to come up. Darwin has the highest daily average of sunshine (about 8.4 hours) of any Australian capital city. Read that, 8.4 hours each day. That's a megadose of Vitamin D, folks! The Dry season runs from April or May through until October. June and July are the coolest months and, as such, the ideal time to visit; especially for Aussies wishing to kick back, throw on some thongs and escape winter's chill. If that isn't enough, there is a feast of fabulous markets, and perhaps the most spectacular sunsets you will ever see.
Sensational Salads: Sour Peach Salad and a Smoked Trout, Roasted Capsicum, Peach and Pomegranate Salad
Sensational Salads with Peaches
'Oh, that's delicious, may I have the recipe please!'. How many times have you begged that question of a friend or family member after enjoying the first bite of a superb-tasting meal, dessert or morning/afternoon tea?
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