Today we have a rainy day so a good time to do some blogging. The second week of November after finishing two months of work we drove down to Ulladulla for Greg’s nephew Stein and Tess’s wedding. It was a beautiful day and typical of the Lofts family was VWs themed (including the vows) and stunning.
When we left we did a big days drive of about 20 kms just down the road to Meroo NP staying at Termeil Campground on the beach and lake. It’s a lovely spot but at the time was blowing a northwestly and we couldn’t enjoy the beach much.
On leaving we headed down to Batemans Bay for a shop and then up to Braidwood, a beautiful old town with many lovely heritage buildings from the gold rush era. After a walk around and lunch we drove down to Deua NP camping on the river for two days. From here we moved on to Bendethera Caves camp also in Deua NP and had an interesting drive. The road in was gravel and went from near zero to 900 metres elevation straight up with numerous causeway humps and then down again. Poor old Bertha the Navara got a work out and practice for when we get to the Victorian high country but she did good!
This is where we saw our first ‘live’ wombat in the wild. Several actually! They along with the kangaroos and wallabies did a great job keeping the grass neatly trimmed and other then them and one other campers we had the place to ourselves.
We did the four kilometre walk up to the cave, crossing the creek ten times and climbing the last 500 metres. Nice walk with great views and wildflowers but realised on the climb just how unfit we were and then we had to walk four kms back.
We returned to the coast again staying at Lake Brou between Bodalla and Narooma. As the lake was suppose to be full of bream I proceeded to get the fishing rods out and managed to hook myself! So fishing was put on hold while we made the trip to Narooma to find a medical centre. Both doctor surgerys were closed for lunch so we had to get the ‘ambos’ to remove it for me with a lot of pulling and finally pushing it through and cutting the barb off. Glad they decided to give me a local after the first two goes! Then it was back to the doctors for a tetanus shot and antibiotics.
Later that afternoon we fished and didn’t catch any. Next day we took the canoe out but the wind came up and we had to shelter on shore as we were filling up with water from the waves. Caught a few bream but were all undersized!
Moving on we called into Tilba, another historic town with beautiful old wooden buildings and a real tourist attraction. Also has the Tilba cheese factory there, yum! One of the best beach camping we’ve had so far down this way is Gillards Beach in Mimosa Rocks NP between Bermagui and Tathra. Stunning, millionaire beachfront location with wind protection as well. The first two days here were perfect but OMG the water is freezing. It’s even too cold for the fish!
At present we are inland at South East Forests NP near Tantawangalo Mountain for a couple of days till we head back to Merimbula and Pambula Beach and then into Victoria, maybe!
Without a doubt the South Coast is very stunning and rural and still retains it’s old world charm in many towns such as Braidwood, Tilba, Bodalla and Tathra to name a few. I hope they can keep it that way but the population will probably spill down this way in the future too!