Some time in Sydney's far south

The [Sutherland] Shire might be far away from work and the CBD, but it does have many advantages. Last weekend B and I had a wonderful picnic lunch at Audley in the Royal National Park, followed by a relaxing row in a dinghy up the Hacking River. It was so beautiful to leave behind the traffic and noise of the city without needing to drive far from home. Later, we headed down to explore Wattamola Beach and have promised to return, this time with swimsuits.

The following day saw the opening of the Bangor Bypass. The road was open for pedestrians and a small carnival was held at the intersection between the North-South and East-West stretches. A Newfoundland and a couple of mastiffs provided interest at the best dressed dog competition. It's claimed that the new road will shave six minutes off the travel time between Bankstown and Sutherland. However, the change in traffic signals saw us delay by an equal amount on Monday.

Sunday night was a Chinese New Year dinner with relatives. The NY speciality dishes looked absoluately disgusting; fatty pork, rehydrated oysters, wormy like stuff and gooey dark brown sauce straight from a horror movie. See an example in the photo gallery.

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