Rained Off

Trip Start Feb 03, 2013
Trip End Dec 13, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Hello all,

After finding such a gem of a campsite in the middle of nowhere that had a spectacular 50 day limit we were sad to leave, but we needed to press on as we didn't know if we'd need to be in Melbourne by Friday.

Wed 4th Dec - We set off from our wonderful camp ground back towards the coast and were heading for the Shoalhaven area. The first thing on our list was a spectacular lighthouse, which sat at the end of a peninsula called 'Point Perpendicular'. We drove fairly out of the way to get to this point and when we arrived we were pretty annoyed to find that it was closed! Why couldn't they put a sign at the beginning of the road? Whilst we were here we decided to check out the small town of Currarong, but it turned out to be nothing special.

Determined not to be put down by this set back we began driving back to the highway on our way to the town of Huskisson, which is located at the heart of Jervis Bay, an area highly recommended to us by Susie. On our way the radio weather report called for rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon and we wondered whether it was just going to be 'one of those days'.

We arrived in Huskisson and pulled up at the harbour area where there was a view point. We had both woken up absolutely shattered today and felt like we were seeing things because we had to and couldn't really be bothered. We sat in the car for a while pondering our day before forcing ourselves out to take at least one photo. This was meant to be the amazing Jervis Bay, but we weren't sure whether it was because the weather wasn't great because we didn't think it was anything special! Kirsty concluded that Susie must have been to a nearby national park that did boast an amazing beach!

We gave the national park a miss as the beach wouldn't have looked like the photos as the clouds slowly began to set in. Kirsty offered two options for the rest of out day: to go to the national park and then stay at a nearby campsite and relax or press on and get as far down the coast as we could. I opted for the second as I was conscious of our time frame for Melbourne. We got back in the car and drove the scenic route back to the highway, which took us through St George's Basin, a large water lake that is just connected to the sea by a tiny inlet.

We headed our way south passing through a few coastal towns before arriving at the town of Ulladulla. Here we detoured to the coast to check out a place called Warden Head, but it really was turning in to 'one of those days' as it wasn't anything to write home about (the irony that I am writing home about it now is great!). We picked up some lunch from the Woolworths in the town before carrying on our way and eating half of our lunch in the car.

As we pressed south we arrived in an area called Bateman's Bay where we decided to come off the highway and drive along one of the scenic routes that apparently boasted beautiful views and roads that hugged the coast line. Either we really weren't in the mood today or the people that had assessed this area of New South Wales had done a lousy job as the views were not at all that great and were mostly blocked as we drove through forests and only got small snippets of coast. Eventually, we were treated to some nice views though and we stopped off at a picnic area by the river near the quarry that sourced the granite for the pylons of the Sydney harbour bridge.

After this we were ready to give up on seeing the coastal towns and we could see the clouds closing in. We decided that we would make our way down as far as a town called Eden, which wasn't far from the border with Victoria. Here there were some sites that Kirsty wanted to see including Ben Boyd's old whaling town and a few other sights. As we arrived into Eden though it began to rain. Luck wasn't on our side today! We picked up some gas for our stove before deciding to just call it quits and get to a nice sounding camp just over the border in Victoria.

We set off out of Eden and by this point poor Kirsty had done well over 450km of driving! As we headed south we passed a sign warning that there was no fuel for 100km and we had a range of 89! We turned back and poor Kirsty would have to drive even further! I had offered to take over but she was a trooper and insisted on carrying on. We filled up and set off again on our way.

50km or so later we arrived at the camp ground and it seemed that new states don't welcome us very well as it was now well and truly raining! The camp was highly rated on our app but we didn't think it was that great as it was quite close to the highway and in our experience that meant noisy nights! We got the tent up and the rain came down heavier so we jumped in the car and hid. That evening we sat in the car sorting out our blogs before eating cold chilli in the front seats! Oh the travellers life!

We'd had a frustrating day, but hopefully the weather would improve and we wouldn't be bogged down. This was now Victoria and I was supposed to be impressed enough to want to live here!

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