National Geographic : 1967 Nov
Sails of concrete atop the new Sydney Opera House echo shapes of a dinghy fleet gliding across Farm Cove. Originally planned for completion in 1963 at a cost of $8,000,000, the spectacular structure on Bennelong Point may not be finished for another More fish reach the Sydney market from Ulladulla than from anywhere else except Eden, southernmost port of New South Wales. But then Eden has twice as many fishing boats. Eden also has a whaling history and a museum to prove it, a fish cannery, and a modest but warmhearted hotel proudly named Australasia, where the proprietor invited me to his family table in the dining room. Eden tempted me to linger among its genial people, who made me an honorary member of the Fishermen's Recreation Club "for the 608 period of one month." But I still had the north coast of New South Wales to visit. Rather than retrace my south coast route, I struck inland, heading for the Great Divid ing Range. The road climbed and wound through misty eucalyptus woods, dripping with the rains that keep the eastern flanks of the mountains lush and green. Streams, tum bling over mossy boulders, raced each other down to the sea. A lyrebird minced across the road and disappeared in dense wet bush. My way led up into the Snowy Mountains.