Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Trip to Narooma

We took advantage of the long (Australia Day) weekend and headed down the coast to Narooma.

A lot of Canberrans clear out during the holidays with the south coast being a really popular spot. We tried to steal a bit of a march though by heading off early on Saturday morning meaning that we arrived at our destination (via the great Braidwood bakery) without much of an issue.

Narooma is the oyster capital of the Southern Coast and as well as that it's a great spot for seeing whales and dolphins when the weather cools down in July and August.

We were there at the wrong time of the year for whales but the right time of year to enjoy the beautiful pristine beaches. We had lovely weather - high 20 degrees with a cool sea breeze.

The cabin we stayed at was a short 3 minute stroll to the beach but raised up enough on the hill to afford us beautiful views along the coast.

We spent a lot of time on the beach - the kids loved dashing in and out of the waves and we also took a great day trip on the Wagonga Inlet - our guide Charlie entertaining us with stories of his youth and then treating us to a cream tea and fresh oysters pulled from the inlet.

We also drove down the highway a bit to the fascinating Central Tilba - a town managed by the National Trust which had quaint gift shops and cafes (the kids enjoyed lovely ice creams from the cheese shop).

On the way back we stopped at Mystery Bay to fly our kite and poor Eli got stung by a jelly fish. Fortunately our friend had recommended Bluo detergent as a remedy and Eli who had been crying uncontrollably on our race to the supermarket following his sting stopped crying immediately the detergent was poured on - its effects were miraculous.

We enjoyed Australia Day at the Surf Club and mingled with locals as they raised the Australian Flag.

Nearby there was also Australia rock (the clue is in the name) and we spotted a seal on our walk there.

Narooma definitely got a big thumbs up from the kids (and Amy and I) I'm sure we'll be back before too long.

Here's some pictures of our stay...

Fun in the surf at Surf Beach
Mermaid Audrey
tired boy
The Wagonga Princess
Australia Rock
Ice creams at Central Tilba
Kite flying at Mystery Bay
Potato Point
The packed Surf Beach in Narooma

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