South Durras here we come...

Trip Start Jul 23, 2010
Trip End Aug 20, 2010

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

After a good night's sleep we got up this morning to find John was already up and hand feeding the Australian Magpies in their garden, so I had to have a go at that! After breakfast we set off on our way to South Durras for the weekend. We had a couple of stops along the way, the first one being at Bungendore to check out a specialist wood turning/manufacturer establishment. There were some amazing creations here, but very expensive indeed. After a short drive around the town we stopped to take a look at the old Bungendore Railway Station, part of which is now also a store.
After this we're on the road again to our next stop at Braidwood. The main reason for the visit here is to buy some bread and cakes for our picnic lunch from the wonderful Braidwood Bakery there. This is a real quaint place, with a history right back to the gold rush days. Also managed to get my must have photo of a dog in the back of a ute (Aussie utility vehicle). Following this we had a brief stop off at the lovely little historical town of Nelligen. It was established in 1854, and is set on the scenic Clyde River.
Back on the road again and soon we’re rolling across the bridge over the Clyde River into the town of Batemans Bay. We soon had our picnic set up on one of the small piers built out into the bay, and feasted on the tucker we'd bought at the Braidwood Bakery... among other stuff of course! What a lovely scenic place to have a picnic, the weather was still a bit on the cool side, but very enjoyable none the less for that. Once we’d had our fill, we were on our way to our rental house in South Durras, and what a house it was. "Treetops" was a three bedroom place on two levels, set right on the edge of the Murrumarang National Park. Within minutes of our arrival we were hand feeding various birds out on the balcony, inc. Australian Magpies, King Parrots, Rosellas, Rainbow Lorikeets, Kookaburra, Satin Bower Bird, and others! Once we’d settled in, it was time to decide what to do for dinner, and the winner was... going back into Bateman’s Bay for a restaurant meal. So, to the Soldier’s Club we went, and very nice it was too! Not long after returning to the house, we started drifting off to bed to recharge our batteries for the next day’s adventures.

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