|Hampden Bridge in Kangaroo Valley.|
I don't think I've mentioned it yet, but Australian engineers like roundabouts almost everywhere. These are bad enough in the U.S. where we're used to driving, but try going the opposite way around with two lanes in heavy traffic. Aaaack! The main highway through the city was undergoing construction as well. When we stopped at a petrol (gas) station, I was happy to relinquish driving responsibilities to Bob! Thanks, honey.
We hooked up with Hwy 1 south to Jervis Bay Road which went to Booderee National Park and Jervis Bay Marine Park. Our park experience started at the Visitor Centre where I collected information on what to see in a half day.
|View across Jervis Bay to Point Perpendicular.|
|Beach by Bristol Point Picnic Area.|
|Hole in the Wall|
|Bowen Island in foreground.|
Oh how I wish I had my snorkeling gear!
Walking down the track (trail) back to our car, Bob put out his arm like a railroad crossing guard arm and halted my progress. I said, “What’s wrong?” He pointed at the ground. Lying stretched out across the trail in the shadow of a tree was a long snake! Yikes.
|Diamondback python on the trail.|
From Murray's Beach, we went to a local grocer that had a take-away (to go) restaurant in front. We ordered food and took it to Cave Beach where we walked 0.3 km to the picnic area. As we were eating, a wallaby with a baby in her pouch hopped down into the grassy area and started munching away on her own private grass salad bar. It looked like the baby was hanging out munching on the grass too when momma bent down.
|Wallaby and baby.|
|Cave Beach Lookout.|
Bob is not much of a botanic garden kind of guy. But he is a good sport. He told me to go ahead and explore Booderee Botanic Gardens while he took a nap in the car. Jolly good.
Off I went armed with a map of the gardens, my camera and a bottle of water. As I set out on a rather deserted track through brush, my imagination and worries kicked in. What if I fell? What if I got lost? What if a poisonous snake or spider bit me? But I pressed on and quelled the demons. Come along, take a look at what I found...
|Broad-leaved paperbark tree.|
|The whole tree was covered in these delicate flowers.|
|Lake McKenzie--if you were a 'roo wouldn't this look like home?|
|Can you find two 'roos?|
From Boonderee National Park, we went north up the bay through Vincentia and Huskisson, beautiful seaside areas. Just north of Nowra, we took the Great Pacific Road east along the ocean through Coolangatta and Shoalhaven Heads. The area reminded us of Tillamook, Oregon with herds of dairy cattle in verdant pastures. Two wineries were located around Gerroa.
|Dairies abound near Coolangatta.|
|Bob on Seven Mile Beach.|
|The view north from Blowhole.|
|Kiama Lighthouse, 1887.|
|Bob next to Blue Pool.|
The coast is so beautiful that we wanted to drive through neighborhoods on the hills and see the views.
|We could get used to a view like this.|
Another great day finished. Bob watched "A Few Good Men" on the telly while I wrote the blog.
Travel Bug out.