Sydney Challenge

Trip Start Mar 07, 2011
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Trip End Aug 28, 2011


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Big 4 Bungalow Park

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The morning we left South West Rocks started off beautiful, the sun was shining and we looked forward to another great day travelling. All was good until we reached Buladelah, 251kms south of Sydney, and then the heavens opened up. It rained all the way to Nelson Bay. We were fortunate as there was a break in the rain and we were able to set up before we had a huge hail storm with thunder and torrential rain. It rained all night and we pictured stepping out into metres of water in the morning but fortunately our imaginations had run overtime. It was still very wet and packing up was not very pleasant. For the first time since 7 March the smiles have gone from our faces!!!!! Not only that but we had to change into "longs" for the first time.

We were a bit worried about travelling in this weather but we wanted to get through Sydney today (Sunday). We had so many negative reports about driving through Sydney.  Well I have to say we breezed through, thanks to Ray's great driving ...and of course his navigator.

We stayed the night at Shellharbour. We would have liked to stay longer but the park was a bit ordinary, well not the park itself but the people who ran it. When you book in and behind the counter is a guy in a dressing gown and PJs, well you have to wonder!!  After driving through the park we came across another woman sitting out the front having a fag in her PJs, around 3pm, we were beginning to think that maybe we had missed a PJ party and that it was a requirement to wear PJs during the day. It wasn’t worth moving from one park to another so we have moved on to Ulladulla.

On the drive from Shellharbour to Ulladulla we went in and out of most of the small coastal towns including the Shoalhaven Heads and also visiting the Jervis Bay area. We had lunch at a great little place called Huskisson. I was going to take a photo of us kissin' in Huskisson, but damn, I forgot..... I am sure you will all be saddened by that.

Jervis Bay has become renowned for its fabulous beachside locations and lifestyle, with Hyams Beach reputedly having the whitest sand in the world!!!! Not sure about their claim but it is certainly worth the drive. St Georges Basin and Basin View were also very scenic.

We finally booked into the caravan park at the Burrell Lake park at Ulladulla. There was only one other caravan in the park.  The next day they left so we had the whole 88 sites to ourselves.The weather was beautiful, cold nights but lovely sunny days.

After 3 days checking out the area we will move further down the coast tomorrow.
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