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.
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.
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.
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
when I heard a big airplane flying low above our campsite.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 SWIMMING POOL.
NO JUMPING PILLOW.
(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.
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.
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,
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.
A happy finish to a delightful day.
Saturday 9th March
Ron and Eileen left this morning on their way home to Paynesville in Victoria.
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.
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.
Lots of Kangaroos visit the camp site morning and evening.
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.