WE REACH THE STATE OF VICTORIA
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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MALLACOOTA FORESHORE CAMP GROUND
VICTORIA AT LAST!
MALLACOOTA vía Tathra, Merimbula, Eden
Mallacoota Fore Shore campground
Overcast and cool.
The town of Tathra was on our "to see" list and we checked out the old jetty
before travelling on through the lovely coastal towns of Merimbula and Pambula; once again very picturesque towns along this pretty coast.
It was strange to be listening to Margaret Throsby interview Venerable Robina, a very interesting aussie Buddhist monk with an amazing life history as we travelled this morning. We usually tune in to Radio National with Fran and then find MT before tuning back to Bush Telegraph and The World at Noon and then after that it's the IPod for music.
Anyhow, back to the story; after coffee break at Eden we drove over the border into Victoria!
Mallacoota is a town of 1000 people in the winter and triple+ that in the summer. We are happily camped at the Fore Shore Park with its 640 sites right on the lake where the fishermen come and go with their catches.
We loved watching the fishermen cleaning their fish on return from their trips and the pelicans hung around for the leftovers.
Hardly 100 campers here at this time!!
Ocean fishing is big here and we found some good bush walking tracks. The weather is changeable so we have shorts and singlet as well as trackies and jacket on hand to suit. Sheila keeps saying "no wonder Victorians love QLD"
Mallcoota is surrounded by Croajingolong national park- what a great name and is a designated UNESCO "world biosphere reserve" supporting rare and significant plants and animals in undisturbed natural habitat. We have put this area on our "must return to" list as we did not really explore the national park.
A very interesting fisherman, with a hand painted Mazda van that we met on entry into town recommended Lucy’s Noodle Bar and we headed there for lunch. We hardly ever "eat out" -happy with our own home (van) cooking and this was a tasty treat. The town bakery was the best so far and we made several trips for sweet pastries.
People are very friendly and a local lady caught up with us on our walk around the lake on the new boardwalk (thank you Mr Rudd and the stimulus package), advised us on things to do and took us to the site of the new house overlooking the water that she and her husband were building. She said she was so happy here, having retired to Mallacoota a couple of years ago and found she was so quickly accepted into the community. You do hear stories in other towns where new comers say you are not treated as a local for many years!!!!
Our fitness walks took us to Bastion Point where early morning surfers were hanging out for waves.
We found it a lovely place with a feel of the fishing village about it and not yet over run with summer tourists.