Aussie Beauty at its Best!

Trip Start Jan 30, 2010
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Trip End Jul 27, 2011


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Surf Beach Holiday Park

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Friday, March 19, 2010

This place is beautiful and we have decided to stay for 4 days so we can see it all! Our caravan park is right on a headland and we can hear the ocean rolling in.  So nice!  This area is so green and picturesque!  There are stunning green undulating hills that meet the beautiful ocean - really beautiful!  The township itself is quite quaint with great cafes, restaurants and shops.  Eating out seems to be big here.  So many restaurants.  Quite historical here too with some really old miner's cottages right in the middle of the town centre that they have converted into shops and restaurants. They offer Heritage walks too to enable you to check them all out.  A nice touch.  Lots and lots of old buildings here too.  The township is really hilly and a lot of the homes are lucky enough to score a great view back to the ocean.  Appears to be quite a wealthy town too as there are certainly some amazing homes here.
We have managed to visit a couple of the attractions so far... the Lighthouse is right on the headland of the town centre and has a spectacular view north and south along the coastline.  There is also a Blowhole there and on a good day it is supposed to spurt water way up through a hole in the rocks but the ocean was flat as a pancake and we only saw a couple of smaller spurts.  We did check out the Little Blowhole which didnt let us down!  We managed to see several huge spurts.  So very powerful and even in calm seas!  Can only wonder what it would be like on a rough sea!  The whoosh noise and the shot of water spray was awesome!  Loved it!.

Yesterday we walked the local Sunday markets down on the foreshore and that was HUGE! So many people here!  I guess the close proximity to Sydney. 

We took the amazing Grand Pacific Drive to take in the Sea Cliff Bridge - that amazing piece of winding highway that meanders out over the ocean.  So many gorgeous towns along this road all perched on spectacular coastline!  The Sea Cliff Bridge is between Coalcliff and Clifton and is (dare
I say it again) spectacular to say the least!

We also checked out the serenity and peace of the Nan-Tien Buddhist Temple at Berkeley, the largest Buddhist Temple in the southern hemisphere.  It is awesome.  These guys just have it right.  This was quite an emotional experience for me.  Loved the serenity, love their beliefs, loved the tranquility and found the place just truly gobsmacking. Mmmm so nice.

From there we headed to Bombo to view Cathedral Rocks. This is just a part of the geologically fascinating coastline around Kiama.  We walked down to a place called Bass Point Reserve – Bushrangers Bay – a Marine Aquatic Reserve that is one of the most popular scuba diving and snorkeling spots on the NSW South Coast. Man, that was so tranquil and lovely. 
Then it was home to an unusual change in the weather… we had beer-o-clock up at the waterfront again which was lovely but the weather turned really very windy so we are in the van with the awning rolled in and the air-con on! Can you believe it!  Blowing up a gale outside!  Will sleep well tonight!
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Kate - Tourism Wollongong on

Hi Guys

Just a quick note from the team here at Tourism Wollongong. We ready your blog post and it's great to see people out enjoying Grand Pacific Drive. We're biased of course, but it's a pretty nice place to live!

All the best on your future travels....

Kate and the team at Tourism Wollongong
www.grandpacificdrive.com.au

Lou & Michael on

Hi Guys
You've certainly got it right - we're getting closer all the time to hitting the road but heading off to the Big Apple first (leave 4 weeks last Saturday). Are you still heading south for the Blues train? Get in touch if you're near Melbourne before we leave (or after we get back - 15 May). Either way, it won't be too long now before we catch up one way or another.
Happy trails
L & M

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