Have decided to take a few days away from the dreary coast with its grey skies and humidity.
Driving along the Hume Hwy it was cloudy until I passed the Federal Hwy turn off then the sun came out and from then on it just got brighter and warmer until I arrived in Coota when it was about 30’C.
Along the way my satnav took me via Jugiong rather than the more normal route via Harden but I don’t mind these variations. Certainly there is little traffic and you get to see a lot of farmland or bush but, despite the satnavs ideas, they are not quicker routes because they are usually narrower and winding so you rarely can stay on the speed limit. However I enjoy the variety.
Set up the camper and went for a walk down the main street which was only a short walk from the caravan park. The Ex Services Club looked inviting so I called in for a beer.
Only about 200km to Batemans Bay so didn’t leave the Eden camp until nearly 10am. Really leisurely drive northwards, had intended to stop on the way but the few rest areas seemed rather desolate with little shade.
Found a caravan park off Caseys Beach near Batehaven just south of Batemans Bay proper and set up the camper. Poor TV reception here, they are in a slight depression, so I didn’t bother to get out the aerial especially as we are only staying one night.
It was 1.30pm by the time we unhitched the car and we were pretty hungry so drove down the road to the shopping centre at Batehaven and bought the inevitable seaside fish and chips (and gravy) which we ate on the waterfront.
To be honest we saw a Thai restaurant on the way past but after turning round could not find it again, or at least not until after we had bought the fish and chips.
By the time we finished eating the sky had darkened and thunder could be heard in the distance, back at the park just made a cup of tea before the rain started. There was thunder and small hail for about 20 minutes then light rain for another half an hour.
By 6pm the sky had lightened and we were able to make tea, a toasted sandwich and spend time outside before it got dark.
Today I was reminded why I prefer the inland to the coast. The drive from Wollongong to the far south coast of NSW probably wasn’t a bad run as these things go but I hated most of it. Far too much traffic.
Spending a couple of days down here before visiting Katie and Geoff. Tomorrow will have a look at the attractions that Eden has to offer as well as a visit to Bega.
Quite a nice park but, like everything near the coast, perhaps a little overpriced though to be fair nothing like as much as nearby places.
Bellbirds are happily s(r)inging away as we had an evening stroll around the park.
Set off for Wollongong at about 8.30am, it was a pretty uneventful trip, drove south at first via Boorowa to get to the Hume Highway near Yass and continued on that heading north until Picton Road.
Arrived home about 1pm, unloaded the car but the camper will be sorted out tomorrow.
Filled up with fuel at the local servo – the most expensive fuel of the whole trip at $1.38/L – How does that work?
Statistics for Trip
Total distance: 2927Km
Total Fuel: 318L
Average Fuel Price: $1.30/L
Average Park Cost: $28.58/night
Lazy start with only just over 300km to travel.
Tom Tom took us on all the back roads with absolutely no traffic to speak of, a really nice way to travel through little villages, bush and rolling farmland. All along the route were ‘animals on bicycles’, clever and funny at the same time.
Stopped for lunch at a tiny place called Cumnock; the local ‘supermarket’ was also the hardware, paint supplier, Post Office and cafe. Ended up having a couple of homemade pies, coffee and tea all of which turned out to be quite good.
Arrived in Canowindra (pronounced without the ‘i’) early afternoon and found the caravan park. It’s a small council owned park with a caretaker who is also the local taxi driver; as he was out just rang the phone number on the office door and was told to pick a site; he would pick up the money later.
Sure enough after we had set up and had some tea he turned up. $22.50 per night, three nights for the price of two – free clothes washing machines, dryer, BBQ, nice clean toilets and showers – how good is that? Pity we can only stay two nights.
Took advantage of the free washing machine and dryer before a quick trip to the local IGA for milk etc.