Trip Start May 08, 2008
65Trip End Jan 31, 2012
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Tween Waters Caravan Park
Set out this morning for a short trip to Moruya to visit rellies, Helen & Lional Franks. Lionel was heading off for a week in Canberra with school students (lucky him) so had lunch with him only. We cleaned and sorted the van and then Helen and Kevin cooked a beautiful baked dinner for us.
On Armistice Day, the 11th it was a lovely sunny day and we met Trudi and Kim - Helen & Lionel's daughters - in the park opposite. They were also heading off for a couple of days with some clients of Essential Personnel whom they both work for. Had a fun lunch and Kim left Naomi aged 4 with Helen and us until Thursday. Kevin, Helen and I all agreed that we had the best end of this deal and only had ourselves and a very good little Naomi to look after. Bowlo for dinner, some nice red wine and lots of talking
MERIMBULA - 12th November
Arrived Merimbula about 2pm. Set up and the weather was warm and sunny. Beach 2 minutes away so a walk was the plan. We saw a pod of whales and it was just awesome. They breached, slapped their tails and generally had lots of fun for about 15 minutes. What a delight they were. How privileged we are to witness this spectacular.
Great curry for dinner courtesy of the Catholic School fete in Kiama on Saturday.
Thursday dawned into a beautiful morning so we had a walk into town for our supply of food (once again). We are really handy to everything and Merimbula is just beautiful. Plans for the afternoon came to a screeching halt when an almighty nor'easterly blew up. Thought we would lose the annex it was so windy. We really have endured worse though. Wind totally died down about dinner time so a walk around the lake and to the beach again was in order.
Friday morning we were woken by our very noisy neighbours who were leaving today.
"Yep, that's it; right a little - I said a little - a little to the left. NO the left not right - back a bit - a bit more - 'STOP'! I said "STOP". Voices are continually and constantly being raised and I'm sure many a marriage has been tested during the parking, and hooking up process of vanning. Then there is the straightening the van, levelling the van, putting up the annex and on and on it goes.
Male voices are heard loud and clear "I can't see you' - can't hear you. Thought you said I had to turn right!" "Stand where I can see you" etc, etc. I'm sure you all get the picture.
As we were breakfasting - small drops of rain could be heard. Of course, it pelted down most of the day. I am sure we are jinxed with the weather. Drove into Tathra and walked around the headland during breaks in the rain and the views were just stunning. We drove down to the Tathra historic wharf but couldn't get a park - only had parking for 5 or 6 cars
A wet afternoon - just as well we both like reading.
The next day the weather a little cold and windy again unfortunately. The caravan park has wonderful amenities with 3 swimming pools, games room and fantastic camp kitchen. Our site is situated in a quiet part of the park with shady trees and lots of birds. The park is situated between the beach and Merimbula Lake and it is such a beautiful location.
We had a lovely day visiting an "old" work colleague of Kevin's - Bernie Shea and wife Geraldine. Bernie was the auditor for the CDF Fund and they really were partners in crime! Bernie also has a taste for very, good, old red wine so they were the best of buddies. I am not sure how much coercion went on to get the green ticks on Kevin's accounting work, but it did seem to be a partnership that worked well for both of them. Bernie & Geraldine have a property 5km out of Merimbula and it is beautiful. We had a lovely BBQ lunch, lots of good wine and had a lovely day with them
We had another visit from Bernie & Geraldine this morning then lunch and walk along the boardwalk which winds around Merimbula Lake. We were accompanied by the musical sounds of bellbirds during the whole walk - this area must have so many bellbirds as we hear them all the time wherever we are. Lots of other birds as well, some really cute little blue wrens as well.
The next day we headed off to Pambula to check out the surrounds and also to see the pinnacles - a rock formation which dates back 65 million years when the soft white sand and its cap of red clay laid the foundations for the feature which now exists. Nice to get out into the bush - saw a cute litle echinda and some majestic sea eagles soaring above us. Walking track passed through eucalypt forest and windswept headland with panoramic views over the ocean.This is located in the Ben Boyd National Park. Then went to the entrance to the Pambula River and it was just beautiful; pristine clear water and small protected beaches and picnic spots. Reminded us of the waters of Jervis Bay. Dinner at the RSL tonight as we have run out of food again!
The ocean most of the time is very rough with strong north easterlies blowing all the time. On Tuesday we went out to the headland and a place called Short Beach and there was a rescue taking place of a young man who got into trouble boogie boarding on his own in a very treacherous sea. No wrist strap on either but fortunately his calls for help were heard and another young board rider went to his assistance. The young rescuer had to give up though as he thought he would go under as well and was very distressed.
Fortunately a happy ending for this fellow as he managed to get himself to shore and the ambos treated him and Kev and several others helped the ambos get him up the cliff and off to hospital, and he has lived to tell the story.
That same night there was the triple tragedy at the historic Tathra Wharf when a man and his 2 little boys lost their lives. A very sad story but a tragedy which could have been avoided. The seas were very rough, the wharf goes out into very deep water and it was late when this man took little boys out fishing. A very sad and tragic end for this little family.
Headed off on Wednesday to Narooma.
Called into Cobargo on the way through and it is a very quaint town. It was raining and the locals were extremely happy. They are also in the grip of drought as is most inland of Australia. Had coffee at Roly's - not the best choice in town I don't think but he was an interesting bloke to chat to about the drought, kids of today, business, work, etc. Our table had artificial flowers which I think had been there for the whole 40 years Roly had; fresh flowers on some tables should have been thrown out 6 weeks earlier and the "white" hand towels in the toilets were a mottled shade of grey. He told us he was on his own running the business, running the home, and hadn't had a day off for 15 years!
There were some interesting shops, a great leather shop and another cafe which is housed in an old tram.
The Island View Caravan Park here is beautiful with wonderful tall trees and right on the ocean. Can hear the surf at night which is fantastic. Met an interesting couple in their mid fifties who have sold everthing and are travelling around in their (very large) caravan. They are looking to have 5 years on the road. A very brave but exciting move.
We have had some lovely walks once again around the boardwalk in Narooma aand saw a seal having a great time swimming around and catching fish in the lake and we watched him for ages.
Friday we went to Bermagui for a look around, and then to Tilba Tilba and the Tilba Winery for lunch. Tilba Tilba was settled when gold was found at nearby Mount Dromedary and the original character of the town has been preserved. It is such a quaint little place and well worth a visit. Weather is freezing unfortunately. And once again it has rained through the night. We have met some really friendly people here and have been sharing our daily excursions with each other during happy hour. We have put the whole annex up this trip just to check it out and lucky we did. There has been a lot of rain - but also we invited one couple in for afternoon nibbles and they went to the wrong van - so we felt obliged to invite them in also! We ended up with 6 of us in our little annex - but we did all fit and spent a fun time together - Wayne & Margaret from Lake Macquarie and Max & Marilyn Watkins from Montville in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast.
Raining again Saturday morning and freezing cold! Had planned a bush walk but we are not prepared for such wet and cold conditions.
A trip to the movies was more in order. Narooma has a fantastic art deco heritage movie theatre and it was a wonderful experience. Had a coffee and settled in to watch "Burn after Reading" - a very funny black comedy. We could hear the rain on the roof and it has not stopped raining yet! Last night we had the heater on and it just blew a gale and bucketed down all night. Ah - the joys of travel. Maybe a drive and the club for lunch today might be the go.