The Rainbow Lorikeets of Burrill Lake
We waited for feeding time at the camping ground for a large group of Rainbow Lorikeets, that had gathered around the entrance to the campsite. Trays filled with bird food were laid out for the Lorikeets and suddenly the sound of the birds who until now where hidden in the trees above our heads, was defending. But what a view as up to fifty lined up on the feeding trays to squark and throw their food around, it took me back to my student hall days.
Hyams Beach, on Jervis Bay
We headed up the coastal highway through the wonderfully named Ulladulla towards Sydney before taking a detour out to the beautiful Jervis Bay. Turning off the main highway rather than continuing out to the busy Jervis Bay National Park, we headed down a steep road to the beach which brought us out in small and quiet village called Hyams Beach on Jervis Bay. Parking up on the street overlooking the bay we wandered down to the stony beach surrounded by tall trees and wandered along the beach for a while, climbing over the headland rocks to bring us out the other side of the village. The popular Hyams Beach cafe in the middle of the village reminded me of many seaside cafes back home in Cornwall, it’s colours and presentation reminding me of Portminster beach back in St.Ives. Coffee and cakes all round, recommended.
The Kiama Blowhole
After leaving Hyams Beach we rejoin the A1 north travelling through the small but obviously popular Berry, on the other side of the town we pass kilometres of cars stuck in a traffic jam heading south from Sydney. The Australian government is restructuring long lengths of the A1 Highway but still have some way to go, it is a recurring theme as we head north. We turn off the highway back on the coastal road in the hilly town of Kiama, to visit the famous sea blowhole. Parking the camper in the centre of the town is difficult but we didn’t fancy trying to travel all the way out to the Lighthouse as the traffic is already beginning to jam up. We walk instead and follow the crowds out to the seafront and Kiama lighthouse on Blowhole Point. The seas are ponding in on the rocks below sending regular jets of water spray skywards. A large crowd circles the blowhole timing their photographs whilst trying to capture a selfie. We clamber quickly over the rocks as we spot a group of dolphins out in the bay.
Arriving in Sydney we circle under the airport and spot the landing terminal where we arrived in Australia three weeks ago, this time we are staying in the city and head for the city centre to cross the harbour to reach the northern Sydney. On an impulse, I turn quickly left in the harbour tunnel so we can cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The road circles up through the bedrock as we climb up to the bridge street level, skyscrapers come into view as we turn towards the bridge entrance. At the entrance I am breatherlized by the police checking for alcohol consumption. With rising excitement we pass through and drive over the bridge, while keeping an eye on the road but trying to take in the views and the curve of the steel structure, we cross over the harbour bridge for the first time and feel as if we have arrived again.
Check out the visitors website : Kiama Blowhole information on how a blowhole forms and works
Where : Burrill Lake, New South Wales, Australia.
Travelling : 117 km Narooma to Burrill Lake, the A1 coastal road north through the Batemans Bay. Sydney is 230km north along the Princes Highway, we turn for Jervis Bay which adds 20km to our journey but is well worth the detour.
Camping or Campervan: Big 4 Burrill Lake BungalowPark situated directly on Burrill Lake, easy to go swimming or boating, very scenic although they pack then in on this camping site, we had the Christmas crowd so maybe thats why it was very busy.
Don’t tell anyone: Hyams Beach Cafe, great little cafe just up the hill from the beach, coffee and cakes, very British somehow. Loved it.Next up: Sydney
pjbourne is a full time architect, urban masterplanner and sustainability designer. In his free time he’s outside with a camera, running, hiking or mountain biking through the Alps where he lives or indoors in front of the iMac planning another long road trip in a campervan to the other side of the world.
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