LOCATION- RIGHT ON THE OCEAN
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
322Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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JOURNEY: Congo to Dalmeny - 50kms
WEATHER: Sunny and warm on Wednesday until Saturday night when stormy wet weather impacted. Heavy rain overnight on Sunday. Monday onwards the days started with heavy fog/mist but cleared to sunny and bright.
CAMPED: Dalmeny Campground. $15 pn for the seniors discount, $90 for the week. Great facilities and location.
On advice from a fellow camper we stopped at Dalmeny to wait out the wet weather and we were absolutely delighted with the campground- we could not have been closer to the ocean. Waiting for the van to be serviced meant we would be here for a week which was perfect.
Dalmeny has a supermarket, newsagent, coffee shop and a population of nearly 2000 people, although we thought a lot of residences look like holiday houses. There are 2 retirement villages nearby and some industry. The caretaker told us that some land is given over to dairy cattle. Ocean view houses seem to sell for about $700,000 and there are a few for sale
So we parked the van and didn't need to drive anywhere for the week. The 6.8 km Dalmeny to Narooma cycle/pedestrain path is fabulous and we do a round trip on the bicycles exploring Narooma and clock up 20kms. The path hugs the coast and is very scenic; a few hills put some cardio exercise into the trip and we were looking for a coffee when we got to Narooma. As usual getting a good strong coffee out of big cities is a big ask but the waiter happily added a few extra shots which improved the brew only slightly!
We noticed surfers along the way taking advanatage of the waves on this gorgeous sunny day. Kath is really happy with her new step-in bike and also reports that the Achilles strain is fully recovered and she continues to practise the stretches given to her by the podiatrist.
One morning we watched a pod of dolphins feeding and frolicking just in front of our site- some lucky surfers hung out so close to them for the duration of their time in that spot.
Our daily walk is stepped out on the same path and we love the sound and changing aspects of the sea- sometimes calm and bright blue, another time angry and boiling white and many variations in between.
We did get a dose of heavy rain, lightning and thunder accompanied by gale force winds on two nights but we were safe and dry inside the van- the sound of the ocean and the wind was close to raucous!! Further up the coast, the storms caused damage and flooding!
Swimming in the tidal creek that runs into the sea just below the campground was special and mostly warm- the water did race along at a high rate after rain and on changing tides; just sitting in the shallow fast moving water was like having a spa!
The beach is popular with surfers and fishermen and locals just come by to sit and watch the sea, walk themselves and their dogs and have a chat. Yabbarra Beach, east of here is popular with surfers too and it is close to the lake where we spotted black swans sliding along the surface; there are more beaches at Kianga and Narooma
We felt we had the best unpowered site right on the ocean, with fireplace and wooden table and benches and a lovely pine tree to shade us in the morning sun. Fabulous indeed!
From our headland you can see Dalmeny Beach stretching to the north along the uninhabited Eurobodalla National Park- on a clear day we can see the small town of Tuross Head, close to Potato Point where we camped in 2009.
Another positive aspect of the campground are the caretakers, Annette and Donna, they are so pleasant and helpful and many years of dealing with campers has not taken the edge off their hospitality!
So we have found another favourite camping place
that is good in good and bad weather with
internet, TV and phone coverage and we love the
price- $90 for a week.
This has been a week of wild weather; southern Qld
and northern NSW have been lashed by cyclonic winds,
heavy rain, tornadoes and experienced more flooding. Once again
we missed this weather by a few hundred kilometers! Lucky!