Wombat wonderings

Trip Start May 04, 2012
Trip End May 06, 2012

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Bendeela Recreation Area

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Friday, May 4, 2012

We left Sydney late Friday night & headed towards Kangaroo Valley. We drove via Bowral. Travelling down the very steep, windy, hair pinned road towards Kangaroo Valley, it was very foggy, dark & mysterious. I guess my teenagers have watched way too many horror movies lately because they were very worried the car would brake down & we'll have an axe murderer after us. But no need to panic we arrived at Bendeela Camp at 10.45pm safe n sound. (it took longer than normal due to having to go so slow thru the thick fog). The camping ground had quite a few campers already set up. My parents & sisters family had already arrived earlier on in the day & saved a spot for us. When we found their setup we were greeted by a local a gorgeous wombat eating the grass. We tried to set up camp quietly but having to set up my sons tent & blow up an air mattress the air pump sounded so loud shattering the peaceful surrounds, it was so quiet here you could hear the wombat munching on the grass & scratching his back on the caravan. But no need to stress about the noise my parents & sisters family went to bed early & weren't even disturbed, not even realising we had arrived till the next morning. We didn't bother taking the caravan off the car the leg stabalisers would of been too squeaky to set up.

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. My 3 kids & Lily were in search of fairies hiding in the trees. The walk along here is very scenic with the river on one side casting fabulous reflections in the still water of the bush, crisp blue sky & fluffy white clouds, the track was very lush green grass with tall pine trees towering over us lining each side of the foot path, ferns & fungus lined the ground & vines crept over the fallen logs, it was the perfect place for their imagination, if ever there was a place for fairies it would surely be this spot.

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. It is that quiet around camp you could hear him eating. Kaila took her torch in search for him. I don't know who got the biggest surprise Kaila or the wombat, they both stood still startled & staring at each other, she had big black fluffy slippers on, when the wombat recovered from being startled he started walking towards her, I guess he thought her slippers was another friend she quickly turned & ran back. We all got into our warm beds nice & early to get warm.

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.

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wendyfaux on

Yes a fabulous trip and we enjoyed reading your blog. Ma & Pa xx

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