IT IS NOT A BEACH BUT IT'S BEAUTIFUL
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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HOBART BEACH, BOURNDA NP via Tilba, Bega
Mileage: 7652 kms. $0pn
Stopped at historic village of Tilba with its 19th century preserved buildings
and 100 year old cheese factory and yes we did buy some delicious cheddar cheese and some pastries for morning coffee; it is a very pretty area.
Along the Sapphire Coast drive we arrived at our destination of Hobart Beach where we had expected "beach" at the campsite but a 600 metre walk through bush and dunes was required to get to the ocean so we made do with lakeside camping.
Unfortunately the lake was smelly due to low water levels but heh! the camp ground was beautifully set out and the tall gums and constant chime of the bell miner birdsong made happy campers of us!
After many years of hearing the bellbird song, we finally got to actually see the bird here. It is a beautiful green colour with yellow beak and legs etc. the lake was also full of elegant black swans.
Wood was supplied and the fireplaces were effective and safe; with the skies looking grey, big wind gusts and clouds rolling in Sheila lit the BBQ fire, threw the marinated T-bone steaks purchased in Bega onto the grill and we relished a truly great meal with fresh steamed vegies and guess what? Yes the bottle of red.
The stormy skies and pesky flies did not enhance the experience but we got by.
Our camping neighbours from Canberra told us that their meal had been ruined the previous night by heavy rain but we were spared rain and the night turned out to be clear and starry with some lovely colours as the sun set.
We explored the area further the next morning on our way out and found the Bournda lagoon where black swans cruised the water, a headland walk with spectacular views:
and the yellow sanded deserted beach of Turo- breathtaking!
We loved the gorgeous Pied Oystercatcher scavenging for little crabs on the shore but felt sad to find more dead shearwater scattered along the shore!
After breakfast at the picnic area, it is back on the road to……