After leaving Sydney we went on to Wollongong to surprise friend Barry for his umpteenth birthday and saw other friends as well as Anne’s brother John and wife Margaret. We then went to Ulladulla to see another of Anne’s brothers Dick and his wife Sandra who were on holidays in their caravan there so we stayed in the same park just up from them. Now we have seen all the family not residents of Queensland apart from 1 sister in USA.
Travelling down to the coast to Pambula (near the Victorian border) we were amazed at how green the countryside is, really beautiful to see, no wonder the region is famous for its cheese. Great country side but lots of hills, bends and twists in the road. The actual trip was exciting trip due to a fault with the brakes on the caravan. We had 4 nights here settling back into touring mode, hey it’s a hard life and one needs to get used to it again.
Here in Pambula we have explored the local areas not realising how close Bega, Merrimbula, Eden and Pambula were. Eden has quite a large commercuial fishing fleet so seafood is not only plentiful but also reasonable priced and fresh. Tonights entree will include kilpatrick and mornay oysters. Bega is of course famous for cheese so being a loyal Dutchman a visit there was essential. As a contrast to the coastal scenery we also took a drive up the mountain through Candelo to Nimitabell and Bombala, which are old country towns, Bombala being of interest to us as there are platypus there but we did not see any unfortunately. Once up on the tabletop the agriculture changed quite dratically to a much dryer and almost arid regions
Tomorrow we are off to Lakes Entrance being our 1st visit to Victoria in many years and still on the coast. We think we will have about 3 weeks in Victoria in all as we travel around their coastline.