YES, THE BEACH IS VERY PRETTY
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
322Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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Murramarang National park
Saturday February 9
JOURNEY: Booderee Np, Jervis Bay, Ulladulla, Pretty Beach - 190kms
WEATHER: Sunny, 26 degrees, blue sky. Later at 7pm rain and thunder and lightning!
After a rainy day Monday, the weather cleared to PERFECT!
CAMPED AT: Pretty Beach campground, Murramarang NP. Campfires allowed, laundry facilities, water flushing toilets and hot showers. $10 pp per night!
Back onto the Princes Highway and we were soon in the waterfront town of Ulladulla, named from the aboriginal word meaning "safe harbour". We walked around the main street, shopped at Woollies, had coffee and food and then headed south again.
It was sad to see the devastation of the forest and bush along the road after the recent large bushfire that came through the area a few weeks ago!
Pretty Beach is indeed pretty and we camped ourselves on site 16, an attractive spot just in front of the ocean and protected by some lovely bush.
Murramarang NP hugs the coast for 44kms and consists of cliffs, headlands, rock platforms and Durras Mountain. Aboriginal occupation dates back thousands of years.
The forests of spotted gum grow right down to the shore of the Pacific Ocean and offer some good shade for campers and beach goers. There are some other good camping spots in the park- Pebbly Beach and Depot Beach to name two.
We chose Pretty Beach because it was a little closer to Sydney and Adam and David were driving down to join us next weekend.
We met our neighbours Sandra and Chris who had just arrived as well! Sheila was thrilled to meet her first "10 pound Poms"- English people who immigrated to Australia in the 1950's and 60's and only had to pay 10 British pounds to come out under an Australian government scheme to populate the country in the days of the White Australia policy. Chris was a real talker and sometimes we snuck by to get to the bathroom but both were lovely people!
It was low tide so we took to the beach and explored as far as we could, gazing into busy little rock pools and admiring the tall dark green bush along the shore. Lovely spot. The sea today is a gorgeous azure/turquoise blue and the water is crystal clear!
The rocky cliffs looked a bit precarious and it seemed that chunks had crashed to the beach fairly recently- we kept clear of the overhang!
The camp ground was quite busy when we arrived - it seems a popular destination for people from Wollongong and Canberra but by Monday we were one of a few!
Apart from the sounds of the ocean and some "noisy friarbirds" Pretty Beach was quiet and peaceful, one of the best NP camps we decided!
A thunder and lightning storm forced us inside around 7pm. No internet, TV or phone connections found so we reverted to reading, puzzles and Scrabble, although Scrabble was quickly put to bed- too boring compared to our online "Words With Friends".
We later discovered that phone and internet was available from the Ranger's office verandah for urgent matters.
Sunday we took the walk across the headland track to Merry Beach, about 2kms and landed in the huge Kioloa caravan park. From there a short stroll to the Merry Beach General Store to check out the menu and produce- all good!
When Monday's forecast was for rain, rain and rain a drive into Ulladulla was the thing to do and we spent time in the Information Centre catching up with the internet etc. Kath rewarded herself with a decent serve of flathead and chips for lunch, eaten in the drizzly conditions under a beach shelter.
From then on the weather was splendid- warm, sunny, blue skies and minimal wind- and for that we were happy because Adam and David were not regular campers and we hoped for optimal conditions to make them comfortable. Our tent and air matress got a first time use, after being stored in the van for 3+ years. We have had no other takers for them until now.
They arrived Friday afternoon and we explored the beach and surrounds with them until it was time to light the camp fire - David impressed with his fire making skills. Adam took on the role of barbecue chef and we soon had delicious charcoal grilled sausages, quinoa salad and wine.
Nothing better than sitting round the campfire with friends as the night takes over and the starry sky sparkles above!
We smiled at Adam's five star hotel soap (don't forget that you need a $1 to get a hot shower) and set up a "W" for Westin on the side of the tent - Westin being Adam's preferred accomodation style! The air matress was a little short for David's 6 foot frame but he is not one to complain and made the best of it!
The kangaroos were a source of entertainment with the little joeys getting practice at finding their way outside of mother's pouch. The big lizards had to be shooed away from food sources - they look prehistoric as they slither around the campground.
The weekend passed quickly - we enjoyed some good walks and views, quiet times just chatting and a superb barbecue breakfast of bacon, eggs and tomatoes in the bush setting of the day use area!
Toes into the ocean to confirm the water was chilly; Sheila and I had taken the plunge on several occasions but the sea was choppy and cold, so it was quick.
It was lovely to spend camping time with the guys and they were relaxed and comfortable with the experience! Thanks Adam and David!
After 9 days at Pretty Beach, Monday saw us packing up and heading out. We have had great weather and a happy experience, especially thrilled that David and Adam visited. We can recommend this campground as a comfortable and peaceful experience.