Eden is the site of an old whaling station(from 1880s til 1930) where fishermen used killer whales to help herd other whales into the bay before harpooning them, stripping them of blubber and then feeding the tongues and lips of the whales to the killer whales. There is a museum dedicated to the whaling, which was quite interesting and which provided the morning's entertainment. Jamie liked the story of a real life Jonah: some poor guy's boat was smashed in two by a whale, then the whale ate him, whilst also being harpooned by the guy's friends. When they finally hauled the whale into shore, they saw that the stomach was moving, cut it open, only to find their friend still alive but unconcious. Apparantly the guy survived another 14 years but lost all his hair and went blind due to the experience.
The bay and surrounding coastline were absolutely beautiful, and so we embarked on the quest to find The Most Perfect Picnic Spot next to one of the beaches. Not easy in a campervan, going down roads inside a forested national park after heavy rains. We battled on, trying to move fallen trees out of our way, chancing it on sandy roads, then finally gave up and ended up having our picnic inside the campervan next to a chipmill. Not quite what Brad and I had envisaged.
Next we headed for our overnight stop en route to Patrick's house, not far from Melbourne. And so we headed to Lakes Entrance, which people had told us was a beautiful place to stop, with lots of inland lakes virtually next to amazing ocean beaches. But the weather closed in yet again, we ended up driving in pouring rain, and we pulled into a rather dreary and depressing Lakes Entrance at about 5 o clock. Yet again the only way to get through it was to see the funny side.....and so we had a good giggle before desperately trying to persuade the kids to leave the campervan to burn a bit of energy. The only incentive was a few black swans on a dreary grey lake.......I'm sure its nice in the sunshine.
Then back to the campervan to yet another meal spent huddling inside sheltering from the pounding rain. But this time the temperature had also dropped to a chilly 13 degrees...so we were reduced to sleeping in our clothes as well.....
Friday morning saw us heading for Eden, after a leisurely start to the day. Brad had a walk on Pambula beach and me and the kids talked to Ga-Ga on Skype while we had the luxury of wireless internet.