So I am currently in the capitol, after arriving yesterday from Mittagong. We left Sydney a couple of days ago and started on our roadtrip part of the holiday. Our first leg of the journey was to a little place called Mittagong, manly to have a stopping point towards Canberra. This cute town was our first introduction to the real Australia and Australian life, less tainted by the international ambiance found in Sydney. This place was in an area called the Southern Highlands. To get there we left the bustling city and into the countryside where eucalyptus trees and the shimmer of blue from the forests dominated. Only at the foot of the blue mountains, I still thought the area was pretty beautiful in itself. Scouting for kangaroos, we were left disappointed the first day outside the city with no sightings. In Mittagong we stayed at a cute little hotel (although I would consider it more a type of B&B) run by a lovely couple called Jim and Gorgina. Mittagong is known for it’s surrounding wineries, antiques and art, and so the perfect place for my parents 😛 . I enjoyed the antiques at an antiques centre (massive warehouse) that we found though! I could definitely picture my own house being decorated with a lot of the stuff we found! Especially the colourful lamps! Haha, my mum is anticipating my house to be a stylistic jungle of colour, plants and exotic influences, which is something she might be onto there. I’ll call it “colourful, messy chic”. I also love vintage cameras, they are so beautiful and vintage photography is such a novelty! We also went to an art gallery in a place called the Milk factory, which was interesting!
The other highlight from Mittagong was the wildllife! Merely outside our window from our room we spotted several new, colourful species of bird on the bird feeder on tree in the car park. These included the pink Galahs, the red and green Australian king parrot, the white Little Corella, and the red and blue Crimson Rosella. What is so ridiculous is that these are Australia’s “backyard garden” birds! Just like back home the bird feeder attracts an array of birds, but here they are so colourful and exotic! So strange! Jim told us that there is a hierarchy going on for who goes on the feeders first. Apparently the Galahs, Cockatoos and Corellas are the bullies and rule the roost and the littler lorikeets and parrots have to wait patiently for them to finish before they can have a go.
THE best moment was my first kangaroo encounter! These were Eastern Grey kangaroos, and what a sight! There is something special about seeing animals you have dreamt about since you were so little for the first time in the wild. And what do you know, there happened to be two males boxing!! Such a spectacular sight, they were kicking and scratching and you could really see the there were no rules to the game. I also saw a little joey having a watch for tactics for future reference before hopping back to his mommy and retreating in the pouch (omg… C.U.T.E.). Another sighting we saw a whole large group of them! Since then we have seen several on the road towards Canberra. Each time is still exciting!