Sydney to Melbourne – Part One

Travel is the ultimate pleasure. Travel with someone with whom you can share discoveries and those happy moments during travels is even better. I am lucky to enjoy my travels with my wife and 3 year son. Writing about these travels is something I also enjoy very much, and I intend to share some of these experiences on this blog.

With big Road Trip ideas floating in our minds, with baffling kilometer numbers and various options for organising the hours of travel, we settled on a Melbourne bound drive down the New South Wales South Coast. Taking the coastal drive is the longer option, with almost 1200kms to beat before getting to Melbourne. Of course it is the more interesting stretch of road as you pass through coastal towns, and get a few glimpses of the ocean. We decided to divide the drive into two parts, with a two night camping stopover in the beautiful Bittangabee Bay.

A Road Trip in Australia is a real treat! I love it, and we all had a good time. Of course hours in the car can be a little taxing, especially if you are almost 3 years old, but the stops you make along the way break up the drive nicely and make up for some great moments. We had one such break for a late breakfast. The spot was Baleys Beach and it was magic. A small cove, with a wide sandy beach, bathed in salty mist, and sorrounded by bush on one side and few coastal homes at the higher end. Finding this little spot was a great discovery, and it provided a great hour-long refresher.

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Baleys Beach

Few hours later we were in Eden, high up on the cliff above Aslings Beach enjoying the sun and having lunch. Eden is a fishing town, with long tradition, steeped in history. Set on the banks of the magnificent Twofold Bay, Eden is a town of 3043 inhabitants, with history strongly tied to whaling. For the The Yuin people, age-old inhabitants of the area, whales were a source of food, a strong part of their belief system and basis for many fascinating rituals (I will reserach and come back to this!). The europeans set up the first whaling station in 1828. The early european settlement provides some great stories of entrepreneurhip and grandiose visions.

Recently it seems the town seems to have lost its vigour, with much retail space in the main strip empty and up for lease. However, it still is an interesting and beautiful place. Our ultimate goal for that day lay approximately 35 kms further down the cost, and with the tent to setup we needed to arrive at least a few moments before the sun setting. Bittangabee Bay is situated in the Ben Boyd National Park. It is totally wild bush, set on a cape surrounded by the ocean. It takes up a huge patch of land all the way to the Victorian border. The camp site itself is set on a tip with ocean all around, and a little private lagoon about 200m away for a very pleasant swim. It is a place totally secluded, absolutely nothing within a 15km radius apart from maybe 50 campers!

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Bittangabee Bay

The camping experience was great. We met the local gang of possums, which took a strong interest in of fruit and food supplies during the first night of our stay. These guys are really persistent! In the morning a few kangaroos skipped through the campsite, and a couple of goannas also took a stroll around the tents. The sounds, the sights, and the smell of the gum trees. A great experience.

Another 550kms to Melbourne, the most liveable city in the world according to some, and what we discovered on the way back… all to come in the next post.

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