The windy city (mighty pretty)
Trip Start Oct 11, 2010
8Trip End Nov 28, 2010
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Congo Campsite in Eurobodalla Nat Park
Easts Riverside, Batemans Bay
White Sands at Jervis Bay
Good spot for whale watching too. Our 2 cuddlepots watched a whale and her calf (identified as Right Whales by Capt Ahab Dicko) sploshing around not more than 100m from shore
And then there was Kerry. Now Kerry lived opposite the entrance to the campground and she was responsible for collection of the fees. The usual - $10 pppn. Dicko was told by his adoring partner that he was not to call her a nazi (especially while the maladjusted Israeli psychotherapist and family, who thought it might be ok to run his generator all day so he could keep his fridge cold - until he and Dicko had a little chat - was camped next door) however she (Kerry) was always there when anyone came in, day or night, marching up to introduce herself, her role (fee collector), and provide a receipt. No 2 for 1 offers here.
The creek had not been open for years according to frequent visitors but had burst through the sandy beach just a few weeks ago and the outgoing tides were a thing to behold. Not a strong enough tide to wash the dozens of dead short tailed shearwaters away though! But, a great place to camp.
Oh dear and then there was Batemans Bay (Easts Riverside Tourist Park) for a couple more nights. Now Dicko always gets moist and a bit edgy when BB is mentioned
Huskisson. Should be in Trivial Pursuit. Who ever heard of that? Not the happy campers, that's for sure. But it's in Jervis Bay and that's where HMAS Melbourne sliced HMAS Voyager in half 30 or 40 years ago. The hordes go there from Canberra, Woollongong and Sydney for weekends and school hols. It's the first place that accommodation has been an issue. Couldn't get into the National Park so it's 2 nights in a van park again - the Huskisson White Sands Tourist Park, more boom gates, ablution block keys etc, ho hum. The wind belts across the bay most of the day and night but its bonza first thing in the morning. It's close to Sydney so arrangements were made to "do" lunch with brother Geoff on his day off. Fish and chips overlooking the bay in Kiama (sort of) half way. On the way from Husky (that's what we locals call it) to Kiama (that's what their locals call it) if one takes the tourist route which is slower but much more interesting than highway 1, one passes through a place called Coolangatta. Shoalhaven Shire has township signs with the township name and a brief descriptor underneath. Many of them are about the Koori origin of the namei. On the Coolangatta sign the note says "Coolangatta is aboriginal for splendid view". I can see it now: It's 1780. Jackie and Bruce are standing together at the top of the hill with their spears and one leg hooked behind the other
Went to the final night of the Husky film festival. What a stroke of luck. It was the "short film" night. There was a good dozen people there - and plenty of party pies, dips and cheese and bix for everyone. Also a cask of red AND white with adequate tea bags and Pablo Caterers Blend. All attendees were required to vote for the best film (mostly hand held video jobbies shot through car windows or down at the beach). The local kids' surfing film won of course, although not with the help of Mr Grumpy's vote, or Louise's (who unkindly stated on the way home that they all had their heads up their own arses!) for that matter! The do was held in the Lady Denman Centre. The Lady Denman is a Sydney ferry which has been restored and placed in a massive purpose built "shed". It's a great museum and not to be missed if travelling through Husky.
EDITOR'S NOTE: One member of the travelling duo who happens not to be the author of the incredibly informative blogs coming through wishes to have it noted that one needs to be mindful when travelling of the risks associated with becoming an obsessive blogger - two people old enough to know better grappling over a Macbook Pro in public WiFi hot spots is not pretty!!.