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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Avenue of Honour Yungaburra

After doing the waterfall circuit we decided to stay the night at Yungaburra so that we could walk the Avenue of Honour the following day.  We stayed at the Yungaburra Hotel.  I have very mixed reviews of this place.  We knew the hotel was very old and the rooms would be just a bed so we weren't disappointed as it was exactly as we thought.  There was a bathroom and toilet ensuite so that was better than making your way to a communal bathroom.  The meal that we had that evening was very good.  Judging by the number of people that were eating there it was obvious that the locals thought it was good value for money.  After dinner and a couple of drinks we made our way to bed for an early night.  At 6.00am we were abruptly woken by the fire alarm!  Philip quickly dressed, and went outside into the hallway to see what was going on.  He was met by many others, in various stages of dress, who, like us, did not know whether there was a fire or not.  The alarm went on and on and become more urgent.  After a quick inspection by the guests we all decided it was a false alarm so made our way back to bed.  Fortunately we both went straight back to sleep and didn't wake until well after 8am…..unusual for us!
The Avenue of Honour is a fitting and lovely memorial to all our soldiers that fought in Afganhistan.  It was sobering to see so many plaques with the names of soldiers who had lost their life in combat, and very sad to see that the majority of these young men were in their twenties.  The Avenue is lined by Illawarra Flame Trees and I look forward to returning when the trees are mature and in full bloom.

The Avenue of Honour on the banks of Lake Tinaroo.

The Explosive Detection Dogs were also honoured….sadly five deaths.

Forty-one soliders lost their lives in Afghanistan….a plaque for each one.

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