Huskisson to Jervis Bay
Trip Start Dec 02, 2008
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The lady in the Seven Mile Beach Holiday park had recommended another holiday park near there to us, and said that this place was right on the river and that they did kayak hire to boot.
I'd had a pretty rough nice sleep as the ground at Seven Mile Beach holiday park was a bit on the hard side with no ground mat or blow up mattress to hand! So when we spotted two pillows for $13 at the IGA (Like Asda) we snapped them up.
We then arrived at the new holiday park and it was really really quiet. We got a pitch right by the river and it all looked good, but we hadn't seen the beach yet.
So we hired a double kayak to explore the area by water! The guy in the office at the park said that there was this sand spit and lagoon just at the mouth of the river where we could kayak across, get some lunch, and kayak back to the little secluded beach and have a picnic lunch! Sounded cool, so we headed off.
Wow, now this place was amazing. Kayaking through these beautiful clear waters - where we could see fish and stingrays and the guy said that there were octapus too (but we didn't see any) - We did see a massive sting ray though.
It was so SO hot and the whole side of the river/lagoon was totally deserted so we paddled up and flaked out on the beach for a bit and had a little dip in the water. There was so much marine life - so many fishes, crabs, and things going 'plop' in the water. The water was so warm too. There were some really expensive boats nearby too and they all glistened in the sunlight - this was as close to paradise as it got! I felt like I was in the Maldives or something!
We then got back in the kayak and paddled up to the mouth and the sand spit. WOWSER! Now this was beautiful. And again, it was all totally deserted and we practically had the whole of the penninsula to ourselves. We stopped at another little beach and then decided to get back in the kayak to paddle to the wharf to get some take away lunch. I got greek salad and grilled Basa fillets (a lovely white fish) - yummy.
After we polished off lunch I looked at my watch - it was nearly 4 o'clock and the kayak had to be back at 4pm! argh! So we paddled for our lives to get back. Luckily, as it was so quiet, the guy at the holiday park didn't mind us being late at all, in fact I think that we could have stayed out in the kayak all evening. I was starting to learn about the aussie laid back attitude!
If all that wasn't energetic enough we then headed out for a sceneic walk along the coast towards the Jervis Bay national park. It took another 3 hours there and back and some of the scenery was JUST fantastic - and it was SO quiet everywhere. Being mid week and not the school holidays here, I guess that's what you get. Back in Huskisson we got some dinner in a pizzeria place where I ate a lovely Snapper fillet and vegetables and Neil had the biggest pizza I've ever seen in my life! We'd certainly worked up an appetite for it though, so pigging out was definitely allowed this evening :)
Back at the camp site for the evening and it was SO quiet apart from the noise of the fish plopping about in the water and the birds. Even though I had a nice new comfy pillow, I still didn't sleep well due to the noise that the birds were making - it was like sleeping in a bloody avery!!
The next day we were going to head to the Blue Mountains, but the lady at the Seven Mile Beach holiday park had recommended we go further south of Jervis Bay where there are some really amazing beaches and a particular beach where there are loads of Kangaroos. Well, we were having such a nice time and the weather was so amazing that we decided to drive on and stay another night down south.
But on the way down we had to stop at a particular beach that claimed to have had the whitest sand in Australia. Now, I'd already seen very white sand down in Esperence in Western Australia, so I was interested to see how it compared.
And the verdict was....
Well, it was white, but Esperence was definitely whiter!
We stayed here and crashed out for the morning, having a swim and sunbathing. After a walk along towards the penninsula (we liked our long walks by now! and yes, I had to take a pee in a sand dune again!) we settled back on the beach. Suddenly I hear someone on the beach say 'Awww dolphins' and looked up. Sure enough a pod of dolphins were swimming merrily across the horizon - this time you could see them jumping out of the water, their skin shimmering in the sunlight. Wow... this was for real, it was like someone out of a wildlife documetry!
This beach was nice, but the waves were very strong and practically knocking my over so I only had a paddle for fear of drowning as there were no lifeguards on this beach. The water was very nice and warm though, and SO clear. I've never seen such big waves and such clear water. As the waves curled you could really see right through them.
Time was getting on and although we could have stayed here forever, we had another beach to get to for the night, so back in the air conditioning and the car we went....