Back to the coast!
We’ve been inland for a while since canoeing down the Glenelg River at the start of the year. Mainly spending our time at high altitude (..by Australian standards), taking it easy at the Grampians, drinking from the natural mineral springs in Daylesford, exploring Mount Buffalo, hiking up the highest mountain in Australia, the Mount Kosciuszko summit, then spending a few days in nations capital at Canberra & the ACT, now it’s time to get back to the coast and hit the beach where the forest meets the sea.
It was a bit less than a 200 kms drive from Honeysuckle Campground in the ACT to the next place that we based ourselves, Bodalla Campground, around a 50 minute drive to the south of Batemans Bay. We were keen to find a nice looking campground in the shade with decent facilities, close to the beach, Bodalla was a good fit.
We’ve spent a lot of time offline recently, so the first few days at Bodalla were mainly spent catching up on the WAY&FARER shop, then the next few days were all about exploring the surrounding area, but we didn’t get up to much, the goal was to take it slow.
There’s a creek that leaves the other side of the lake, stretching a couple of hundred metres until it reaches the sea at Dalmeny, another decent place to cool off.
A few more days passed and although the drop toilets and shower bucket were appreciated, it was time to check into a caravan park for a bit of extra comfort and a much needed laundry.
We drove north, about 45 kms past Batemans Bay to a caravan park at Wairo Beach. It was an interesting place to stay! We set up the caravan in part of the park that was called the “old Wairo town”, where there was a street full of cabins that were made to look like old shops.
The old Wairo town was a bit of fun, but the best thing was Wairo beach that stretched for miles, just a short walk from the campground.
Wairo beach was good for swimming but a bit rough for surfing while we were there, so we spent one of the days heading further north on the hunt for a surf beach, and we didn’t have to go far before we found one.
About ten minutes into surfing, we both gave up as the conditions were rough as guts, so instead, we went and found a super calm inlet and spent a while sitting in the knee height water.
It was incredible & although we had only stumbled across this place by chance, we considered it to be one of the most beautiful spots on the coast that we had seen while making our way around the country!
Early the next day, we started our journey further north to the Blue Mountains, which are just to the west/inland of Sydney, but we couldn’t resist to take a look at a few well known places along the way that neither of us had been to before.
We started by calling into Jervis Bay and having our breakfast on the beach.
Fuelled up on overnight oats, we then drove around to the other side of Jervis Bay and hiked out to Gosangs Tunnel, where we quite literally entered a cave and crawled through a tunnel that opens up right on the edge of a cliff above the ocean!
What a cool pit stop! It was a lot of fun!
The rest of the day was mainly filled of some stressful driving, towing the caravan up extremely steep hills to the south of Sydney near Wollongong, then we made it to a campground just on the edge of the Blue Mountains, ready for a big week of hiking!
Up next: We’ll be spending about a week in the Blue Mountains before heading back to the NSW coast.