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Shoalhaven, NSW to Lakes Entrance, VIC

Sapphire Coast, South East Victoria

Farewell to Shoalhaven. We had three relaxing days here in a caravan park. This allowed us to get the washing done and to rest up as well as have a look around the area.

We set off for the Sapphire Coast. Our first stop was at Nowra to fuel up. The Woolworths shopping dockets come in handy. We saved $36 on our purchase of 151 litres of diesel. Earlier on we had a docket for 20cents a litre off with a further 4 cents a litre with a five dollar purchase.

Campground at Bodalla Forest Rest Area

Campground at Bodalla Forest Rest Area

Heading south we travelled through Ulladulla and took these pics.
Beautiful Ulladulla

Beautiful Ulladulla

View of a peaceful Main Street at Ulladulla, NSW

View of a peaceful Main Street at Ulladulla, NSW

On the way south to our overnight stop at Bodalla Forest we called into Jervis Bay. Most of the land here is either state national park or commonwealth national park. In fact, Jervis Bay is a Commonwealth Territory. The Jervis Bay Territory is a territory of the Commonwealth of Australia. It was surrendered by the state of New South Wales to the Commonwealth Government in 1915 so that the Federal capital at Canberra would have "access to the sea".
HMAS Creswell seen from Hyams Beach

HMAS Creswell seen from Hyams Beach

Beautiful Hyams Beach -whitest sand beach in the world according to Guiness Book of Records

Beautiful Hyams Beach -whitest sand beach in the world according to Guiness Book of Records

We turned around at the park entrance as it gives access to HMAS Creswell and we backtracked to Hyams Beach, a small village located between the two national parks. What a find! This is a stunningly beautiful little village with magnificent views across Jervis Bay. In fact, we stopped for lunch at a beautiful little park which looked down on pristine beaches and Colleen spotted some whales out in the bay? The wife of a ranger alerted us to them.

We drove onto Batemans Bay. There were once again very beautiful bays, old bridges and lots of bird life. Colleen took these pictures of pelicans lazily floating along in the water? Here is another picture of a Pelican with a Birds-eye view atop a light pole.
Batemans Bay

Batemans Bay

Pelicans sailing serenely by

Pelicans sailing serenely by

two Pelicans on the light pole. this bird was able to swivel his head more than 180 degrees

two Pelicans on the light pole. this bird was able to swivel his head more than 180 degrees

Set in a valley at the junction of the Bega and Brogo rivers and surrounded by rich dairy country, Bega is a handsome, historic town with a proud tradition of cheese making. The Bega Cheese Heritage Centre, housed in a faithful reproduction of the original factory, tells the story of the cheese-manufacturing process and the company’s growth. We bought some Bega Heritage cheese which is only available for export and some Tilba pickled onion cheese. Both well worth the price.
Original Cheese Factory at Bega

Original Cheese Factory at Bega

Inside the Bega Cheese Factory Museum

Inside the Bega Cheese Factory Museum

Tathra is another family favourite, with its wide and wonderful surf beach and its historic steamer sea wharf, a popular fishing platform and the only one of its kind remaining on the east coast. To the north of Tathra is Mimosa Rocks National Park, a 17-km strip of coast where crashing waves have carved out sea caves from the cliffs and left towering rock stacks, created by ancient lava flows, stranded in the sea.

Merimbula is a popular holiday spot, spread out on forested hills around the mouth of the Merimbula River, which forms Merimbula Lake at the back of town. Visitors are drawn here by majestic beaches and a variety of water sports. Main Beach is 5 km long, while Short Point and Tura Beach are set among coastal heaths. Merimbula is often twinned with the historic village of Pambula, just a few kilometres south.

Our stop on Wednesday night was the Merimbula RV Park about 6km outside Merimbula. The owner told me about some big oyster sheds on the lake about 1.5 km away. Two dozen freshly shucked super sized oysters fitted the bill. Colleen is allergic to oysters.
View from our Wednesday night stop at the Merimbula Caravan and Motorhome RV Park

View from our Wednesday night stop at the Merimbula Caravan and Motorhome RV Park

THURSDAY
Thursday morning saw us drive a relatively short distance to Genoa just over the border in Victoria. We arrived at morning tea time so we turned towards the coast to do the 23km to Gipsey Point and the township of Mallacoota. These are both really beautiful places. Mallacoota was a real surprise with its services. We did some shopping at the IGA which had prices comparable to woollies in a big centre. We used the laundromat and visited the bakery. Colleen had great difficulty in selecting some bread rolls for lunch as they had an extensive selection of freshly baked items.
Gipsy Point Landing

Gipsy Point Landing


Gipsy Point Inlet

Gipsy Point Inlet


Colleen behind the camera getting a rare photo

Colleen behind the camera getting a rare photo

Panorama of Mallacoota Harbour

Panorama of Mallacoota Harbour

Mallacoota harbour

Mallacoota harbour

FRIDAY
What a beautiful day - clear blue skies and a light wind. We couldn't make up our minds whether to stay or go. As we thought we would have dinner that night at the 100 year old pub, I thought it best we move on. The thought of the uncommunicative barman defrosting our chicken parma was enough for me to say that we should move on.
Historic bridge over the River at Genoa built 1928

Historic bridge over the River at Genoa built 1928

Genoa Campgrounds -freecamp

Genoa Campgrounds -freecamp

We drove through large tracts of forest and through little hamlets before we reached Orbost. We turned towards the coast and travelled beside the Snowy River down towards Marlo where the Snowy River meets the ocean. This is another beautiful little community with superb views of the Snowy River Estuary.
Snowy River Estuary - the Snowy River meets the ocean at Marlo, Victoria

Snowy River Estuary - the Snowy River meets the ocean at Marlo, Victoria


Panorama of Snowy River Estuary

Panorama of Snowy River Estuary

We had lunch at Orbost and then decided to move west to Lakes Entrance. This town has many caravan parks and a very large fishing fleet.
One of many tree sculptures from a grove planted to commemorate World War 1 in the Main Street of Lakes Entrance

One of many tree sculptures from a grove planted to commemorate World War 1 in the Main Street of Lakes Entrance

A very small part of the fishing fleet at Lakes Entrance

A very small part of the fishing fleet at Lakes Entrance

SATURDAY
This morning we called into the Information Centre. The Lakes Entrance Centre was a mine of information. Loaded with new brochures and maps, we headed off to look at the Nyerimilang Heritage Centre. The land that is now this centre was first purchased in 1884 and mostly was owned by the Stuart Family as a base for shooting, fishing and holidays at the Gippsland Lakes. Eventually, the property was purchased by the Victorian government in 1976 and is now managed by Parks Victoria. Here are some pictures Colleen took from the homestead with views to Lake King.

View from Jemmies Point, Lakes Entrance

View from Jemmies Point, Lakes Entrance

Panorama from Jemmies Point

Panorama from Jemmies Point

Nyerimilang Heritage Centre 6km outside Lakes Entrance

Nyerimilang Heritage Centre 6km outside Lakes Entrance

Black Swan on King Lake

Black Swan on King Lake

Boats on King Lake

Boats on King Lake

Rose Garden at Nyerimilang Heritage Park

Rose Garden at Nyerimilang Heritage Park

Late in the afternoon we walked along the Esplanade then crossed over to Main Beach via the Cunninghame Arm Footbridge.
Cunninghame Arm Footbridge provides access to the Main Beach on Bass Strait

Cunninghame Arm Footbridge provides access to the Main Beach on Bass Strait

90 Mile Beach at Lakes Entrance

90 Mile Beach at Lakes Entrance

Life Savers on Main Beach

Life Savers on Main Beach

Esplanade, Lakes Entrance

Esplanade, Lakes Entrance

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HEADING SOUTH

Brisbane to Melbourne via the Princes Highway

semi-overcast 8 °C

Tuesday 1 October saw us up early and on the road south. This was to be Day 1 of our four month trip to really get to see the beauty and splendour of Tasmania. Our plan was to take a leisurely trip down to Melbourne via the Princes Highway south of Sydney and arrive in Melbourne on Friday 18th October in time to catch the Spirit of Tasmania across to Devenport on the 19th October? our plan was to arrive on the morning of the 20th and to breakfast at Deloraine and then leave our Quantum off-road Caravan at the Treasure Island Caravan Park at South Launceston for a week while we caught up with my brother, Paul Curran, who resides on Launceston or "Lonnie" as it is known by the locals.

We really didn't have any plans except to stay with Paul for the first week then take off to the West coast, if the weather was clear! or go down the east coast if the weather wasn't being kind to us. We had a few other thoughts such as crossing the pieman river by ferry in the Tarkine forests of the North West and going to the End of the Road at Cockle Creek way south of Hobart. other ideas was to be in Launceston for Christmas and back in Hobart for the finish of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

So to start our journey we decided to take two days to bypass Sydney and arrive on the south coast of New South Wales. Our first night was a free camp at Coopernook State Forest which is north of Taree. We travelled 586 km that day and were pleased to arrive at an idyllic forest camp site with at least 20 other campers. The camp had pit toilets and little else.
Old stockyards at Coopernook

Old stockyards at Coopernook

We were on the road early to refuel at Taree and we ended up outside Bowral in the Southern highlands to camp at Mackey VC rest Area. This was a lovely setting but had the disadvantage of being close to the Illawarra Highway and constant traffic noise. The alternative was a camp site not too far away in the Belanglo State forest.

On Thursday morning we visited the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Centre. This is highly acclaimed attraction and rightly so. We enjoyed three hours or so in this remarkable museum before having a roadside lunch.
Information Board at the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Centre

Information Board at the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Centre

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Bradman's childhood home at Bowral 1912-1924

Bradman's childhood home at Bowral 1912-1924


Later in the day we arrived at Kangaroo Valley at a very heavily patronised bush setting on the Kangaroo River. As it was the long weekend there were several hundred campers of all ages. We set up camp on the high ground and left soon after when some nearby young people started their loud doof doff music. As the campgrounds are set out along the River we found the perfect spot close to toilets and on high ground up from the River.
Campground at Kangaroo Valley

Campground at Kangaroo Valley

Kangaroo Valley Campground

Kangaroo Valley Campground

The campgrounds were home to a large number of wombats and kangaroos.
Wombat at Kangaroo Valley

Wombat at Kangaroo Valley

After our two night stay we travelled down to Shoalhaven to stay at a caravan park for three nights. This break allowed us to unhook the caravan and take a drive up the coast to Shell Harbour, Kiama and Gerrinong. This is a very green part of the state. There are magnificent beaches and a number of wineries.

We walked along the Main Street at Kiama up to see the Blow hole but it was not cooperating on the day? still, this place is a beautiful part of the world.
The Blow Hole at Kiama

The Blow Hole at Kiama

We are going to upload a new blog every week. Next Tuesday will see us somewhere around Lakes Entrance on the south eastern coast of Victoria.

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