CONGO BY THE BEACH -IT'S NOT AFRICAN
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
322Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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Monday February 18 2013
JOURNEY: Pretty Beach, Pebbly Beach, Batemans Bay, to Congo- 100kms
WEATHER: Mid 20's, sunny and a slight breeze- good travelling/camping conditions
CAMPED: Congo Campground. $10pp pn. Basic facilities, bore water (not for drinking), flush toilets and shower rooms without showers- bring your own shower bag. Beach front.
After leaving Pretty Beach we explored the other Murramarang campgrounds- Pebbly Beach is a spectacular beach but the campground is a bit crowded with little grass.
The stop in Bateman's Bay was for shopping and getting water- the Information Centre lends you a "precious as gold" key to the garden tap and you connect your hose and fill up. Many areas in Australia are still experiencing drought conditions, hence the scarcity of water.
We are investigating Fiat Service Centres online, because "check engine" is flashing on the dashboard of the van- the nearest is at Bega but he can't accomodate us until next Tuesday, so we will happily hang around this lovely south coast of NSW, as we head in that direction.
Eurobodalla Np lies in three sections along the south coast of NSW, commencing at Moruya Heads and consists of 30 kms of beautiful beaches, estuaries, lakes and forests of spotted gums.
Last time we camped along this coast in 2009, we stopped at Potato Point and so decided on Congo Campground, a liitle further south this time. The Congo Creek meets the ocean here and you have safe swimming in the tidal creek and long walks along the ocean shore.
It was 4pm when we arrived and the camping area was fairly crowded- we found a quiet site facing the creek but moved closer to the facilities and ocean front early the following morning to gain internet, phone access and TV- amazing what a difference 200 metres makes!!
Our neighbour tonight was a couple from Cairns who leave the tropics each summer to go for a wander down south.
Kerry the caretaker visits the camp to collect fees twice a day and gives an informative chat about the place- happy lady!
The tiny town of Congo lies behind the national park and we check out the houses, mostly holiday accomodation and find the Bingi 14 km trail that leads walkers along old aboriginal sites.
The walk along the beach at low tide was a bit wind blown but it's always lovely to stretch out the legs in such a wonderful natural setting.
Our new neighbours, Midge and Robyn have been coming here to camp for 45 years, first with family and now with friends- they all live in Wollongong, which is not far away. Eurobodalla NP was not declared a national park then, so camping was a free-for-all with few rules.
We did some research on our next stop and after talking to the man from Cairns we decided to try for Dalmeny Campground, which has all facilities, bitumen roads and some village shops- we learned that we are in for some very heavy rains and gale force winds by weekend so best to be somewhere on the beaten track rather than off.
So after two restful nights here it was back on the road. Sheila wanted to check out the Ultimate Camper at Moruya so after breakfast we visited the factory to view the luxury camper- pretty impressive and quite expensive!
Next stop Dalmeny?