Trip Start May 04, 2012
1Trip End May 06, 2012
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Bendeela Recreation Area
Next morning we woke up to a very chilly foggy, camp ground. The clouds were slowly lifting up over the mountain in the distance, ready for a beautiful sunny day. The river was a short walk behind our caravans. We started the day setting up Randalls new BBQ, whilst the kids took Lily to the river to feed the ducks. We then cooked a feast of bacon, eggs & tomatoes, our holiday staple diet. After all was eaten & cleaned we set up our caravan & camping spot properly for the weekend.
Jay & Randall headed down to the riverside in search of worms to go fishing. In no time at all they had plenty & retrieved their fishing rods in search of fish. Dad, Jay, Randall & Lily 0 fish won. No luck today for the fishermen.
After my 2 yo niece Lily had a bit of a fish (well cast & wind) with her new purple fishing rod & pink loure we decided to go for a bit of a walk along the river front
When we arrived back at camp I put beef in my cobb cooker ready for roast beef & gravy rolls at lunch. The boys had arrived back having no luck fishing & we all headed into Kangaroo Valley to have a family photo next to Hampton Bridge. Built in 1898, this is a beautiful stone & timber one laned suspension bridge looking like it should belong in England next to a huge castle. The water under the bridge is fast flowing, chrystal clear & lots of rocks line the river. We set up the tripod & put the camera on a 10sec timer & had many strange looks from the passerbys'. But I guess the locals are used to the tourists having photos here. We then had a quick look thru the few shops at Kangaroo Valley some buildings had gorgeous architecture my 3 kids had some ice cream & I bought some fresh fudge yummo.
We headed back to camp & the roast beef smell hit us as soon as we stepped out of our car. It was cooked to perfection. After lunch the kids & mum had a game of footy whilst we relaxed in our chairs. Mum (with help from Lily & Kaila) cooked some lemonade scones for afternoon tea. Mmmm.
When the sun started to set we headed in search of Kangaroos & wombats. We spotted some across the green grassy meadow but they kept on hopping away whenever we got too close. There was a wombat at the edge of the meadow having a great munch on the lush green grass. He was having such a lovely feast we could slowly get close enough to him to take plenty of photos. Everyone went back to camp & I stayed back looking for more wombats. Some other campers told me about 2 wombats still hanging out near their burrow so I headed towards them. They were as tame as wombats get & just continued on with their munching whilst I took plenty of photos.
The chilly night air soon took hold & we piled on our jumpers & beanies. We all cramped around the little gas heater mum had bought with her to try to keep warm. Another wombat wondered around camp. I could hear another one munching on grass behind our caravans
Another chilly night followed by a crisp, foggy morning. But the sun soon arrived warming us all up again. I made everyone sit in chairs & have some family photos near our camp before we parted ways. My sisters family packed up & left mid morning. We stayed a couple more hours having another lovely walk with mum & dad along the rivers edge. Dad & I had a great time taking photos of fungus & birds. When we got back to the meadow Jay spotted a wombat. We slowly walked up to it & found him to be a very young wombat. We got close enough to him that Jay gave him a pat.
When we got back to camp my kids had done most of the packing up so we slowly finished off packing & headed for home via a short detour to take a photo of the car & caravan going over Hampton Bridge.
Back up the steep windy, road towards Bowral. We saw what we missed coming down in the night. This is a fabulous area, & amazing views from near the top of the mountain, looking across farmland. Greenery stretching for miles. Along the road trees & ferns lined the area. Our car couldn't get alot of speed up the steep road but it didn't matter with the view.
We had a fabulous weekend. Only 2 days but ever so relaxing with great company of my family.