303. Sunday 10th March 2010. Dalmeny, Central Tilba, Bermagui, Potato Point, Coledale, Boxing Kangaroos and mud wallowing Emu’s…

Monday 4th March

Woke to an overcast sky gradually being burned off by the sun. The surf has been reduced overnight but the sea has taken on a new clean and glassy appearance. It is so nice to be back in shorts and T-shirt again. Some of the day was spent sitting around with the rest of our group, chin wagging. About midday Donnis and I went to Narooma for a bit of essential shopping.

Narooma Bridge over Wagonga Inlet and Forsters Bay in the distance.

Narooma Bridge over Wagonga Inlet and Forsters Bay in the distance.

In the afternoon we waded across the inlet to the beach and walked and ran along the beach splashing in the shallow waves of the shorebreak.

Sand Whiting are up to 15cm in length.

Sand Whiting are up to 15cm in length.

040313 kelp

Dune grass.

Dune grass.

My goodness what an invigorating tonic of wind in the hair, toes in the sand and water lapping around ankles then knees, fighting against the pull of the wash of the wave returning to the ocean. All this while the sun was keeping us comfortably warm. We have waited so long for this to happen.

Woo Hoo!

One of our group, Marian, has a spinning wheel and while sitting around, uses it to spin Merino Wool into woolen yarn. I had just taken photographs of her

Marion spinning woolen yarn.

Marion spinning woolen yarn.

when I heard a big airplane flying low above our campsite.

Catalina Airplane.

Catalina Airplane.

The plane was a lumbering PBY Catalina built somewhere around WWII. The plane has been lovingly restored by HARS from Albion Park Rail about 300 Klms to the north. See details below.

http://hars.org.au/category/museum/aircraftnews/under-restoration/restoration-updates/pby-catalina-a24-362/

Tuesday 5th March

Our group of ten decided on a day trip. Our group includes Ron & Eileen from Paynesville in Victoria in a converted Hino bus. Ken & Kym from Bomaderry NSW towing a caravan, Geoff and Margaret also from  Bomaderry towing a caravan and Martin and Marian from the Bilpin NSW apple growing area and a huge Allegro motorhome made in the USofA. The final couple need no introduction Ta Da, Frank & Donnis from wherever we are at the moment in our motorhome, WWWGO (Where Will We GO). We first drove to Narooma and the breakwater area to view Australia Rock which is basically a hole in the rock and vaguely looks like Australia. I have written about this before, including photographs in blog posts 267 and Page 045 so I will not repeat them here. I showed our group around the area and we were fortunate to find four male Australian Fur Seals sunning themselves on the rocks. We then drove to Central Tilba, see post 267, so I will not repeat it again today.

Kym left husband Kenny at this husband minding centre.

Kym left husband Kenny at this husband minding centre.

Kenny and Martin at the hubby miding centre.

Kenny and Martin at the hubby miding centre.

Fence at Central Tilba.

Fence at Central Tilba.

Old red telephone box which were once common throughout towns and suburbs of Australia.

Old red telephone box which were once common throughout towns and suburbs of Australia.

We split up and wandered around town according to our tastes and inclinations and by midday re-joined forces at the Dromaderry Hotel but after seeing their meal prices decided to drive another 20 Klms to Bermagui on the coast and have Fish n Chips at the marina park.

Sculpture artwork on the beach at Bermagui. Not the little sculptured bird at the top of the mine prongs.

Sculpture artwork on the beach at Bermagui. Note the little sculptured bird at the top of the mine prongs.

Each night we have had a fire and sit around in our warm clothes and talk about…anything. Although the days have been delightful the north easterly wind becomes cool at night hence the need for warm clothes.

Wednesday 6th March

Another day of beach walks or sitting around and enjoying the sunshine. In then afternoon Donnis and I visited friends Judy & Ilya.

Thursday 7th March.

Boo Hoo! Our last day at Dalmeny Campground.

Sign at Dalmeny Campground.

Sign at Dalmeny Campground.

On the subject of Dalmeny Campground I want to make some comments.

First the negatives.

No level sites.

No concrete pads.

No drain points for grey water.

Now the positives.

NO CABINS!

NO SWIMMING POOL.

NO JUMPING PILLOW.

NO PLAYGROUND.

(In other words we are not paying for facilities we do not need or want)

Overlooks the ocean and inlet to Mumunga lake.

Shopping centre across the street.

In the off season the nightly rate is $23 and $20 for pensioners. Pay for 6 nights and the seventh night is free.

Did I mention the views?

Only 8 Klm to Narooma along the scenic coastal road.

Showers all have a glass hinged door.

We are lullabied to sleep each night by the sound of the surf.
Today I went for a long walk along the clifftop path and later drove to Narooma.

Chair on clifftops at Dalmeny.

Chair on clifftops at Dalmeny.

Closeup of sign on chair.

Closeup of sign on chair.

View from the chair.

View from the chair.

On the way back I stopped at a small beach with a lookout on the cliffs. Just as I arrived I saw a pod of large dolphins herding salmon and leaping out of the water and surfing the waves. It was such an exciting event and I had left the camera at WWWGO. The sun was hot and just delightful calm balmy weather stayed with us all day. It sure beats the cold days I complained about all the time I was at Guyra.

Another Dalmeny clifftop view.

Another Dalmeny clifftop view.

In the afternoon Donnis and I walked across the street and splashed around in the surf until we were exhausted.

In the evening, as a group, we had a courtesy bus collect the ten of us and take us to the nearby sports club where we had dinner and bought tickets in the raffles. Judy and Ilya joined us for the evening.  Four of the 6 couples won a meat tray. Our meat tray was four porterhouse steaks.

It was a lovely day and a fitting end to our delight stay here at Dalmeny. Ken and Kym have decided to stay another day and have booked to come back for another week after Easter. Already there is talk of doing this again next year.

Friday 8th March

Today, Ron and Eileen, Geoff and Margaret and We, drove the incredibly long distance of 22 Klms from Dalmeny to our favourite freedom campsite at Potato Point. (Martin and Marian left for their home at Bilpin while Kenny and Kym decided to stay longer) The sun was shining,a gentle nor’ easter was blowing and a nice swell was rolling into the beach. We all set up camp beside the creek where we heard the surf rolling into the beach 200 metres away.  We took walks along the beach,

Donnis & Eileen on Potato Point Beach.

Donnis & Eileen on Potato Point Beach.

Geoff and Ron fished, Geoff reeled in a good sized flathead which Margaret enjoyed for dinner and we all had happy hour under the stars and watched the local kangaroo population arrive for dinner on the green. We sat up late talking and drinking port.

Geoff fishing at PPB.

Geoff fishing at PPB.

Ron fishing at PPB.

Ron fishing at PPB.

Catching beach worms for bait on Potato Point Beach.

Catching beach worms for bait on Potato Point Beach.

A happy finish to a delightful day.

Saturday 9th March

Sunrise at PPB.

Sunrise at PPB.

Early morning view from PPB towards Tuross Head.

Early morning view from PPB towards Tuross Head.

Ron and Eileen left this morning on their way home to Paynesville in Victoria.

Blue Heron in creek beside PPB campsite.

Blue Heron in creek beside PPB campsite.

The remaining four of us walked the beach again then unhooked TERIOS and drove to a nearby headland and viewed an Eco camp ground. On our way back we disturbed a father Emu and chick in a mud wallow.

Father Emu with chick after we disturbed them in their mud wallow.

Father Emu with chick after we disturbed them in their mud wallow.

We then drove to a National Park via 4WD track on the other side of Potato Point to visit Lake Tarourga. In the afternoon we just relaxed and enjoyed our lovely warm day.

PPB Campsite.

PPB Campsite.

Margaret with Pippa the Poodle.

Margaret with Pippa the Poodle.

Lots of Kangaroos visit the camp site morning and evening.

Early morning boxing Kangaroos at our PPB campsite.

Early morning boxing Kangaroos at our PPB campsite.

Sunday 10th March.

Umm Err Hmmm!

Since I woke this morning it thought it was MONDAY!!!

We left delightful Potato Point and drove north to Coledale, a suburb of Wollongong. We are camped beside the ocean and had dinner with Errol, Nicole and grandchildren Amelia and Hannah. Nicole brought a spaghetti bolognaise sauce she prepared earlier. It was while eating I realised today is Sunday.

Tonight we have another night being lullabied by the waves.

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2 Responses to “303. Sunday 10th March 2010. Dalmeny, Central Tilba, Bermagui, Potato Point, Coledale, Boxing Kangaroos and mud wallowing Emu’s…”

  1. placestheygo Says:

    Much warmer post. It seems you’ve had such terrible weather, it was nice to read about the sun, splashing in the water, and shorts! We, too, love parks without pools, playgorund, and other child activities.

    Enjoy your friends and great weather!

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    • frankeeg Says:

      Hi Pam, the weather has been strange. We spent almost the entire summer experiencing the cold and rain. Now we are into autumn and we are experiencing hot summery days and lovely beach weather. Strange though the weather has been, this is what I have been wanting for a long time. Expect another week of coastal adventures. Cheers…FrankieG

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