Two more picture perfect days saw us head inland on day 1. We went to the awesome Saddleback Mountain lookout. Over the rich pastoral land between the coast and the Southern Escarpment, not totally unlike the Kimberley escarpment, except coastal green vs outback ochre. We saw several magnificent waterfalls rivalling those in Litchfield NP, went on a “500m skywalk, 50m above the forest floor”, walked through a subtropical rainforest that contains 75% of the palms in NSW…………but before white settlement, the whole Illawarra region was a subtropical rainforest. Then settlement, cedar harvesting, and clear felling for dairy farming put an end to all that!!
Yesterday we went coastal walking between Minamurra and Kiama in perfect sunshine with a slight cooling wind. This NSW South Coast has some of the best coastal scenery we have ever seen. It just happened to be my 65th birthday, so up to the Gerroa Fishermans Club for a Lobster dinner in the BEST scenic outlook high over 7 mile beach we have ever experienced. It was a still, clear night, balmy, and food and view to wow anyone.
Today we drove up to Shellharbour for a snoop, and found yet another lovely seaside village on the beautiful NSW South Coast. Back to Kiama for Hunky Dory fish & chips for lunch, and back to the CP via Crooked Creek winery to pick up several bottles of “chocolate port”, 10 years in the barrel. It was a partially cloudy day, but an hours walk on the beach was a good way to finish off.
Tomorrow, we are going to Gerringong Market day, the to a Heritage Centre, and hopefully some surf fishing tomorrow afternoon. We have booked to go to a live play about feuding holiday couples on Sunday, have Monday off, then head home, so this will be my last post this holiday.
Love to all from Bas & Den