Scenic Road to Canberra

Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, February 19, 2006

The night in the car was actually far more comfortable than it sounds, and in my opinion more comfortable than sleeping in the tent. That said I awoke fully refreshed at 8:30 whilst the 2 in the tent woke 2 hours later leaving me with nothing to do for 2 hours. Checked out the beach again before returning to my favourite hobby and reading the LP until they woke up.

Got in the car and headed to Bateman's Bay about 20km's further down the road and the next real town on the way to Canberra. This beach side town was nice enough and used by people in Canberra as a weekend retreat to escape the monotony of life in Canberra. We were here to get the tyre fixed but the only place in town was closed. Damn! Oh well plenty more towns along the way. Spent about another 2 hours in Bateman's Bay buying food to replenish the cool box, Subway for breakfast and a crate of much needed Toohey's lager for the campsites! After a night in a campsite without beer we realised how necessary it is to the camping experience!

Fully stocked we got back on the road and the remaining 150km's to Canberra. The route was as scenic as they described and was uphill all the way, winding around the mountains. Really good views and far better than we would have got had we taken the motorway. To be honest the smaller country roads around Australia are just as fast, if not faster, than the motorways and far more interesting.

We passed through another couple of small wild west style towns along the way but none of them had any tyre shops open so we just had to hope we could survive without one until Monday! If we couldn't get a tyre on Saturday then there was no chance on a Sunday.

Our campsite for the night was at the Eaglehawk Caravan Park about 10km's north of Canberra. We had been looking for another campsite but missed it and this one sounded far better equipped anyway. Our campsite was literally just a field on the side of the caravan park and not really worth the money, but they had a shop and pub on site so we were sold. Headed straight for the pub for a schooner of Tooheys and felt far better afterwards!

Went back and setup the tent better going back to the pub for a fish 'n' chips dinner and a few games of pool washed down with a number of lagers. The pub also had a bookies onsite! Surely a recipe for disaster!
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