Shoalhaven Coast

Trip Start Sep 27, 2009
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Thursday, March 3, 2011

After a great couple of days in the Kangaroo Valley we headed back to the South coast of New South Wales. This section of the coast is called the Shoalhaven Coast and is full of National Parks, lakes and beaches.

The sun was shinning so we went to the closet beach which was Shoalhaven Heads. Shoalhaven Heads is one of many small beach towns along the coast but the beach here was awesome. The beach which is part of a National Park was called Seven Mile beach, as the beach was seven miles long!  By the time we had got there and checked in to a caravan park we only had a few hours of sunlight left so we had a couple of beers on the beach just before the sun went down.

The next day the sun was shining again so we went straight back to Seven Mile beach and spent the day there on the gorgeous beach. The beach was great, there was only a handful of people on it so it was great to just chill out for the day.

After showering on the beach that night we stayed at a free rest stop along the coast to save a bit of money. The next morning went to a little fishing town where the Yarra River meets the ocean. The town itself was tiny but the inlet was really beautiful and there were huge pelicans everywhere which was cool.

The main reason we came here was so Chris could have a go on his new fishing rod so Chris fished all day off one of the piers. Chris wasn't having much luck with his squid bait but an Aussie local gave him a new fishing technique using a tiny piece of bait. Chris tried the new technique and ended up catching a a fish straight away! We all had a go and all managed to catch a fish so it was really successful! We fished until the sun went down and then had a wander into town.

The next day we went to Borderee National Park, which is part of the Jervis Bay protected Marine Park. Borderee National Park is in the South-East spit of Jervis Bay and is full of rainforest, beaches and some Botanic gardens. Our first stop was the Botanic gardens, these particular botanic gardens are the one of the only ones managed by Aboriginals. We did one of the walking trails around the gardens and then headed to the nearest beach.

The first beach we went to was called Cave beach as it had a big cave in the rocks. The beach was really beautiful with the scrubby forests going right up to the sand and the water was crystal clear. We chilled out here for a couple for hours.

After cave beach we drove down to a quieter part of the park and walked the 2.5kms to Streamers beach. We weren't expecting much as it was just off a whim we went there but on the track that lead down to the beach we couldn't believe our eyes the view was awesome. Streamers beach was just a small cove, no bigger than a couple of kilometres. The sand was backed by rainforest and the colour of the water was bright turquoise, it looked almost glacier. The sand more orange than anywhere else on the coast and we could not believe we were the only ones there!

After having a walk along the beach we went in for a swim. The waves were massive and so loud it just added to the whole atmosphere of the beach. We went for a bit of a wave jump and soon realised just how strong they were, some were 2 meteres high and they could easily knock you off your feet but it was good fun.

We stayed here for the rest of the afternoon as it was so beautiful. It was such a great beach and considering it was totally deserted this was definitely one of our favourite beaches in Australia it was amazing. That night we checked into the National Park camp site which was right by another beach called Green Patch beach. The sun was starting to go down by the time we got there so we had a few goons on the beach while Chris did a bit of fishing off the rocks. When the sun was down we went back to camp and polished off the goon which ended up being a really funny night.

The next morning we woke up and the sun was shining again so we went to the beach next to our campsite. The beach was beautiful here too, it had powdery white sand with crystal clear water so it was great. The sea was much calmer than at Streamers beach so we could have a relaxing swim and even saw a small penguin darting around!

After a few hours relaxing we headed off to Hyams beach which is in another part of Jervis Bay. Hyams beach was only small but the sand was so white and the water was just a stunning colour and again there was virtually no-one on it so it was brilliant. The beaches along this part of the coast are some of the best we have seen.  

After a great couple of days in the National Park we stocked up on food and petrol and stayed the night at a free rest stop. The next morning we went to Lake Conjola, a little further down the coast. There are lots of lakes along the coast too and Chris really wanted to do some more fishing so we decided to go there for the day.

Lake Conjola was a beautiful lake with a campsite right on the water. We checked in and luckily we were given a site just 10 metres from the lake which was an awesome spot. The lake was really beautiful and the weather was great so we spent the whole day by the lake having a couple of beers, sunbathing, swimming in the lake, fishing and just relaxing it was great. Chris managed to catch a couple of fish with his new spinner so he was pleased!

The camp site was really nice and had loads of wild life, there were loads of really colourful parrots flying about that came right up to us, they were so tame. There were loads of Kangaroos as well hopping all over the place, one kangaroo even had a joey poking his head out of her pouch it was so cute. That night we had a big BBQ on the lake, it was a great day.

The next day we drove a little further South and went to another National Park on the coast which had a few different beaches. We went to Pretty Beach as it was the most accessible as there were loads of dirt tracks. The beach was amazing yet again though, we had to walk down to the beach and the view from the top was just awesome, white sand and turquoise water and the beach was completely empty again it was brilliant. We stayed there for the rest of the day swimming and sunbathing it was lovely.

That night we stayed at a free rest stop that seemed like it hadn't been used in a while. It was really hard to find and felt like we we all alone in the bush but it was late and we didn't have much choice so we stayed and managed to survive the night!

The next morning the weather had changed and it was miserable. We had planned to check out a few more beaches and then head in land towards Canberra but as the weather was so bad we decided to make up some distance a drive to Canberra. It rained all day so we stopped at a rest stop early afternoon just outside a small country town and Dan ended up buying himself a guitar. We bought some goon and sat in the rest stop for the rest of the day drinking, playing cards and the guitar.

This part of the coast is so beautiful and one of our favourite pats of the East Coast. The beaches are amazing totally idyllic and we were so lucky to get such great weather so we really made the most of it. The fishing was good too!
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