Club Run to Wollombi via Cooranbong Sunday 11th February 2018

A happy group of members met up at Maccas at Morisset for a prerun coffee before hitting the tarmac on a road trip out country way.

First stop was the Seventh-day Adventists “South Sea Islands Museum” and Sunnyside Historic Home at Cooranbong. It’s a little gem hidden away so that even some of our members who live in the area were not aware of its existence.

We were welcomed by the curator of the museum, Rose-Lee Power, who gave us a really good talk on the museum and how it came about. The story of the lady, Miss Ellen White, who had the Sunny Side Home built was given to us and it was very interesting.

Then we proceeded inside where Rose-lee gave a very informative talk on the displays on show. Of particular interest to me was the authentic 35 seater, 52 foot long,  Solomon Islands War Canoe which was used initially to forage for their headhunting trips and then to ferry the Prince of Wales ashore when he visited the islands in  1959.

Onwards then to Wollombi for lunch and a fossick around the small hamlet. Lunch at the Route 33 café , part of the Wollombi Taven and then off we went homeward bound. The very notable thing on this part of the trip was just how dry everything is and the dams are very low. It really makes you think about the great Australian heros working the land here and further out in the outback.