This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.


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2008 Travels June 24

TUESDAY 24 JUNE     BERMAGUI

After a leisurely start to the day, John went driving, off to Cobargo, a township on the Princes Highway, some 20kms away. He knew of an establishment there that sold stills, and he was interested in buying one. A few years ago, he was offered – by a fellow camper at an out of the way spot – a glass of whisky that the guy had distilled himself. John thought it tasted pretty good, and yet another “John idea” germinated…

I was concerned about the legalities, or otherwise, of home produced spirits, really wished John wouldn’t contemplate same, and didn’t want to have anything to do with it. So I stayed away.

I went for a long walk through the village. The day was fine and cool – good for walking and looking around. The constantly pretty outlooks made it really enjoyable.

The inlet at Bermagui

I called in at the fish co-op. They did not have much of a range available, because of the bad weather that there had been, but I bought some fish for our tea.

John came back with information about the still to peruse. Later that evening, he decided that we would tomorrow, go via Cobargo, instead of continuing on the coastal road through Tathra. He would stop at Cobargo and buy himself a still. Bugger!


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2008 Travels June 23

MONDAY 23 JUNE     NAROOMA TO BERMAGUI     45kms

Today’s was another short move and thus a fairly leisurely start.

I had heard of Bermagui as a major holiday destination for some folk, but, because it was off the Princes Highway, had never even passed through it before, so I was looking forward to seeing somewhere totally new.

South of the Tilba area we turned off the highway onto the Bermagui road. This wound about, through country that  was, in places, very scenic. It took us past another holidaying place I’d heard of, through friends – Wallaga Lake.

The highway crossed the really large Wallaga Lake, which seemed more like an inlet to me, via a strange mix of old wooden bridge and causeway. It made use of a little island conveniently located part way across.

Up the hill beyond the water crossing, a  large caravan park we saw there was noted as a possible future place to visit.

Bermagui appealed immediately, as we approached on the winding road. First impressions were of a large fishing village, little impacted by development, with lots of park like land each side of the road. It was one of the nicest town approaches  we had seen on this trip.

I spotted a small fishing fleet – and a fish sales co-op. Wonderful!

We went into the Zane Grey Caravan Park, for $23 a night. Why would you name a park after an American Western?

The park, although somewhat dated, was up on a hillside, had great views down over the village and the inlet and to Dromedary Mountain, which stood out in the distance.

Dromedary Mountain

We were really impressed by the picturesque place, but only intended to stay a couple of nights, so only did a basic set up.

Outlook from in front of the caravan park

After an early lunch, we drove around the streets, looking. From the top of the point where the park was located, there were outlooks right out to the Pacific Ocean – an interesting contrast to the other way, across the inlet and village.

Norfolk Island Pines featured in parts of the township

This was definitely a place I would want to come back to for a longer stay. It was also a place that merited noting as a possibility, should we ever decide to relocate to a NSW coastal place. I doubt, however, that it could ever rival the areas around Coffs Harbour, which John adores.