Potato Point, Narooma, Bermagui, Tathra, Merimbula 

We woke just before sunrise at Beachcomber Holiday Park. I pulled back the curtin to see kangaroos everywhere, so naturally, we both got up to take a sunrise walk. 

The wildlife here was spectacular! So many beautiful roos and wallabies, and because of the season, so many had joeys. 

We walked down to the beach, then around to the dam, where much of the wildlife was gathered. There were ducks, swans, kangaroos and plenty of water life. 

As we returned to camp for breakfast, we were joined by a couple of companions. There is something beautiful about cooking your breakfast on the beach edge, with an audience of kangaroos. 

As we had come here for Emus, we were on a sharp lookout for them. Yet it was close to check out and they hadn’t appeared. 

As we were walking back from dishwashing and showering, I caught a glimpse of movement on the opposite side of the dam. Sure enough – an Emu had strolled down for a drink. Soon a second Emu joined and we sat down where we were to watch them. In less then 5 mins, they were gone again, into the bush. How lucky we were to see them at just the right time, right before we left for the day!

Beachcomber Holiday Park is undoubtedly our favourite place to camp so far (and possibly of all time!). We were both filled with a sense of peacefulness throughout our stay here. Not so far from “civilisation” but far enough to be surrounded and enveloped by nature entirely. 

As we left, we stopped of at the lookout back down over the beach. The surfers were gliding on the waves, and the sun was shining. 

Next stop – Narooma ! Lib had been keen to see the seals since we started our journey. As we turned into the north side of Narooma, we stopped to undertake the Mill Bay Boardwalk. At the carpark close to the breakwall, we also got these photos with fabulous artwork on the toilet block. 

Mill Bay Boardwalk is quite short – but quite unique. Walking on a beautiful boardwalk, you look straight down into a reefy waters edge. 

We saw a few fish, and plenty of pink jellyfish. We couldn’t help but stop to look in every few minutes so what is probably a 10 min brisk walk, turned into nearly an hour return trip. 

On our walk back, Lib spotted something floating across the other side of the inlet. “It’s a seal!” she exclaimed, but I naysayed her – “It’s just a branch”. Yet, sure enough, as I zoomed in, there was a seal floating on its back, down the river way! It blew us a kiss for the photo, and we took it as a sign of good things to come. 

We drove around the water’s edge to the south side, parking up top first to look out the lookout, before going down to the breakwall. 

On Narooma breakwall, we saw people gathered and hurried to join them – sure enough, there were the seals!!

They lay sunning themselves and it was hard not to simply stare at these wild animals. We were so close to them, in their natural home. Whilst we were looking, a lady and her man-friend hurried down to us; “There’s a big snake up there,” she informed us. “A python,” he added. We wandered cautiously down, looking for more seals but being wary of this possible snake. 

Sure enough, a large diamond python was at the end of the breakwall, sunning itself. 

“It’s not normally here,” said a volunteer, “it’s just lost its way from the bush just there. We have someone coming to relocate it now.”

Once back at the start of the breakwall, we stopped for an obligatory photo in Australia Rock. 

We drove through Tilba Tilba and Central Tilba looking for a lunch spot, with no avail. We continued across a lake passage and stopped to take a quick snap of Camel Rock. 

After lunch at Camel Rock Brewery (not a real brewery, expensive food and drinks), we moved on to Bermagui to check out Blue Pool (often thought to be Australia’s best ocean baths). Surpassing Newcastle’s own Bogey Hole with easy to access pool and clear waters, the Blue Pool certainly looks like a scenic place for a swim. As we were both wearing multiple jumpers, we decided it was too cold for a swim. 

Next on our view list was Tathra Wharf. A relic from the past, Tathra Wharf is in my mind, a must see. Engineering feat, beautiful design and epic views, Tathra Wharf certainly captures the imagination. Although we didn’t see any wildlife (Lib was hoping for the reported sting rays), there was a lovely cafe and art gallery on the wharf (with ‘Vote Yes’ flyers!). 

After the wharf, we drove around the headland (and saw another echnida). We kept driving a little further and found Tathra boat ramp. A beautiful hidden swimming spot and bush walk, with turquoise waters and sunshine. 

From here, we drove into Merimbula – we had planned two nights in a spa cabin (the luxury!) to rest, revitalise and for Lib to knock over a massive uni assignment. 

We were the happiest two people, having a spa and a good nights sleep. Lib worked on her assignment all the next day, with a quick break to have lunch down on the rock platforms around Short Point. Beautiful south coast rocks and clear oceans were our view as we munched on ham (the joys of a fridge!), cheese and tomato rolls. I cooked up some steak for dinner and we rested, preparing for our next adventure – Ben Boyd National Park!

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