Bus trips and similar outings are always popular with the Senior Community and members of our club are no exception. So when Roula Oueik from Community Wheels Inc. (https://communitywheels.org.au/) contacted the club our members were very interested in the bus facilitated outings.
We surveyed our members about the best days for a trip and possible destinations and selected a bus trip to Fisherman's Wharf at Woy Woy as a test event.
Fisherman's Wharf Woy Woy / Etalong
The trip took place on Monday 20th June 2022.
"We all met at the Senior Citizen's Club. Scottie the cheerful bus driver was there to meet us. When we left Scottie had a bus load of noisy, enthusiastic passengers who joked and chattered all the way to the lookouts where Scottie told us many interesting points about the area and its history."
"Scottie had drinks and snacks on the bus and when we arrived at Woy Woy Fisherman's wharf we had a huge appetite for the best fish and chip lunch. It was a quiet place with lovely views and everyone agreed that we were looking forward to the next bus trip."
Here are some pictures from the trip and we will be arranging further outings in the future.
Lily's Pad Cafe Leura
Following the success of our test event another bus trip was arranged to Lily's Pad Cafe in Leura in the Blue Mountains on Monday 15th August 2022. Here is the trip report from our Bus Travel Correspondent, Jill.
"Another fun bus trip with Scottie. Percy brought along some CDs to play and to sing along with. We stopped at Falconbridge to see the Prime Minister's Oaks. This is a park with a tree planted for every Prime Minister of Australia, some as old as before the First World War. Then we continued on to Leura for lunch. Lily's Pad Cafe was packed to the rafters and we know why. The food was delicious! Blankets were supplied and I was very happy to use one! After lunch we saw the Three Sisters at Katoomba and Scottie told us about the well known Aboriginal story of the three sisters and about another story of seven sisters which make up the Pleiades star cluster. We also went to some lookouts with great views. The home made chocolate shop was a further treat and they did a busy trade with the group from our bus."
"Another enjoyable trip!"
Sorry there are no pictures this time, they were obviously having too much fun.
Bowral Tulip Time
Our trip to Bowral Tulip Time was on Monday 19th September 2022. Here is the trip report from our Bus Travel Correspondent, Jill.
"What a wonderful day we had boarding the bus early for a long drive through the countryside. Everything so green because of all the rain! When we arrived the tulips were a delight to behold, many different colours and varieties, some with frilled edges. The C.W.A. put on devonshire teas and there were many stores selling country fair. Some of us strolled at a leisurely pace around the local shops. We had a tasty lunch at Mitagong and then it was full speed home. Another lovely bus trip."
Blackheath Rhododendron Festival
The trip to the Blackheath Rhododendron Festival was on Monday 21st November 2022 and here is the trip report from our reporter Bev.
"Monday 21st November 13 of our intrepid Day Trippers set of under the safe hands of Martin our bus driver for a day out in the Blue Mountains. After a comfort stop and coffees at the McDonald’s at Springwood we headed for Blackheath Rhododendron Gardens. Even though a lot of the flowering shrub's blossoms were on the ground with all the wind and rain we have had we managed to still find some lovely specimens and had a lovely walk around the gardens. We then traveled to Katoomba RSL and had a lovely leisurely lunch. Then back on the bus and a safe trip back to our club. Another good and interesting day out was had by all. Thanks to everyone who had a hand in organising it. 👍🏼👏🏻💕😊
Nepean Belle Scenic Adventure Cruise
On the 7th February 2023, 18 enthusiast day trippers set off from the Seniors Club on the bus with John as our trusty bus driver bound for Penrith. After a rest stop and coffee at McDonald’s along the way we arrived at the wharf and boarded the Nepean Belle for a leisurely cruise up the river and back. We had a lovely lunch provided on board, arriving back at the wharf at about 2.30. Then back on the bus for our trip back to the club. An enjoyable day was had by all. 👍🏼👏🏻😊
Here are some pictures from the trip.
Palm Beach for Fish and Chips
Our trip to Palm beach departed at 9am on Monday March 13th 2023. A full trip report is being written and here are some pictures from the trip.
Government House Sydney
The trip to the Government House Sydney was on Friday 12th May 2023 and here is the trip report from our senior trip reporter Jill.
" The day was sunny and spirits were high. We arrived at the majestic entrance of Government House with a panorama of beautiful formal gardens. Flavia was kind enough to take lots of photos (see below) of our cheerful group.
The tour guide had many very interesting stories about the many Governors that had lived here and who had welcomed celebrities and distinguished persons to Australia.
Antonio the friendly bus driver took us to the Botanical Gardens for a picnic lunch, some of us went to the cafe and some of brought their lunch from home. We were very lucky because it was not windy, the sun was shining and we had a great view of the Opera House, For Denison, cruise ships, war ships, ferries and small boats.
On the way home everyone was talking about how much they enjoyed the day."
Our next trip is to the Riverboat Postman on the Hawkesbury River on Monday 19th June 2023. A sign-up sheet is available at the club.
The Riverboat Postman on the Hawkesbury River
This trip was on Monday 19th June 2023 and here is Jill's trip report.
"Another enjoyable bus trip! The sun came out in all its glory and the boat trip was relaxing with friendly company. What more could you ask? The scenery was lovely and the Captain's commentary on the history of the area was very interseting. We had the famous 'Granny's Anzac cookies' for morning tea - they were yummy and disappeared without a trace. Later the lunch was delicious - 'make it yourself' salad and meat rolls with condiments. Just a few crumbs left afterwards. Some of the group decided that they would make 'Granny's Anzac cookies' at home. Good luck to them! Thanks to Antonio for being such a friendly and helpful bus driver and for keeping us safe. Cheerio to all, from Jill (your bus trip organiser)."