Trip Start Nov 30, 2013
Trip End Dec 13, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Thursday, December 5, 2013

What a wild windy & rainy weather last night was. When the wind changed direction it bought strong gusts of wind & down pouring of rain with it. We quickly threw all our electricals, clothes and anything else not needed to sleep in the car ready to make a speedy get away. Bella came into my tent as it was stronger than her tent, we put the big esky in her tent to hold it down. & we both laid in bed not getting a lot of sleep and praying our tent and pagola wouldn't be damaged, listening to the wind howling & rain drops pelting. The waves crashing into the shore made it sound all the more violent. Bellas air mattress must of got a small hole in it after we had to quickly change it to my tent and went down during the night. Our pillows got soaked from leaning against the tent wall but when we ventured out of bed the next morning everything was still holding up strong. We are the camp set up experts.

The annex next door blew down a poor couple from St Ives arrived just before the storm hit had just finished setting up & the wind totally destroyed their tent so they drove home straight away. Another couple of girls had their tent broken into four and went and got some dry villa accommodation.

While I was sitting outside eating my cereal I spotted a couple of dolphins swimming out the front of our camp. I ran for the camera and captured some photos in the distance. They must of been feeding as they only surfaced very briefly, but they hung around for a couple of hours.

Before we knew it the storm has come back again and it pelted down. The poor kangaroos sheltered under some trees beside us and one cheeky kangaroo even joined us under the pagola which was now starting to flood. Not what I call happy camping. Finally when the rain eased we decided to head up to the local restaurant to get out of the weather. Lunch was delicious, I had freshly caught Flathead, fries and salad & Bella had wedges. During lunch we made an executive decision when watching angry dark clouds heading across us again to get some dry accommodation. We scored a lovely small pool side Villa for an extra $60 for the night money well spent for a hot shower, kettle for a long overdue coffee and PowerPoint's to charge our appliances we couldn't charge in the rain.

We quickly packed up as fast as possible before the next downpour hit. Throwing some stuff into the car without folding, found our table had blown down onto the beach lucky Bella spotted it and jumped into the car just in the nick of time as the next lot if rain fell.

A solid roof over our heads is bliss we both soaked the days mud and rain away under a hot shower, oh heaven. We spent the remaining hours reading, uploading photos & relaxing. Tea was boring Nachos and I think it will be an early night. No Internet and phone coverage certainly forces you to enjoy nature even if it's not what you had in mind. It will be sad to say goodbye tomorrow to those 100s of adorable Kangaroos but we will be well rested after tonight's comfortable Villa.
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Enjoyed both your blogs, and you are indeed the champion tent survivors!

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