Road Trip Day 3 – The Past, The Present and The Future.

Road Trip Day 3 – The Past, The Present and The Future.

PHOTOS OVERLOAD!!

What else does one do on holiday but take photos! 😀

So it’s day 3, also the final day of our road trip. We had already finished ALL the cheese we bought from ABC Cheese Factory the day before and I wanted to buy more before we headed back to Sydney.

Thus, we were looking forward to having a nice breakfast over at The Quarterdeck, overlooking Forsters Bay before heading south to Tilba. The car was quickly packed up and away we went.

 

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Idyllic Forsters Bay in the morning.

Unfortunately, nothing in the breakfast menu whetted our appetite. 😦 So off we went in search of a proper Aussie brekkie!

 

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Our 2nd brekkie stop, Central Tilba! Fingers crossed!

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South Coast Cheese is opened!

Quite a few eateries in Sydney choose Monday as their day of rest. Little did we know, so did the town of Tilba! 😦 After walking up and down the ONE street, only South Coast Cheese’s cafe was opened.

We decided to try our luck somewhere else.

Then I spotted this.

 

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A mini epitaph

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Ex pupils?!! 😦

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A time capsule!

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3rd time lucky?

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Pam’s Village Store

While Central Tilba has shops and a hotel, Tilba Tilba only has this ONE store! Pam’s Village Store is really just that, a village store. They sell cooked food, coffee, essential provisions and even alcohol. Basically, a little of everything under 1 roof. I guess this could be how 7-11 began?

 

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Just like the patio of a home! And they serve proper brekkies!

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Tilba’s history

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A little history on Pam’s Village Store.

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Another Dragon’s fan!! 😀

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‘Dunny’ is the Aussie slang for outhouses. Dunnies are still used in Australia.

With food finally in our tummies, we were off to Mystery Bay for a touch of fishing. Mystery Bay is halfway between Central Tilba and Narooma.

The bay itself is the location where the abandoned wreck of a small boat was discovered in mysterious circumstances in 1880. The boat had carried Lamont Young, a government geologist inspecting new goldfields on behalf the New South Wales Mines Department together with his assistant Max Schneider, and boat owner Thomas Towers and two others, from nearby Bermagui. None of the five men were ever seen again, and Mystery Bay was named after their unexplained disappearance. – Wiki.

 

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Mystery Bay is part of Eurobodalla National Park.

A really nice gentleman at the beach directed our attention to something really shocking and sad. Further down the beach, there was a pup seal that was beached and waiting to die. 😦

Firstly, I’ve never seen a wild seal, much less a pup, much lesser one that’s dying and there’s nothing we can do about it.

I asked the gentleman if we could approach the pup and help it back into the water but he says no. The pup knows it’s going to die and that’s why it chose to beach itself.

 

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Pup seal 😦

I spent a long time staring into the pup’s eyes. It was filled with sadness, like puppy dog eyes. Look at that cute face! The pup looked skinny, just skin and bones. Was it going to die of starvation?

I said a littler prayer for you.

 

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“My family is out there. Somewhere.” it said melancholily.

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Another traveller paying his last respects.

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Clashing tides.

The little sand bank in the middle was slowly being ‘drowned’ by opposing waves. The rising tides mean… Fish! Off Ben ran in search of a big catch.

 

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Pristine waters free from pollution.

We’ve been on road trips both up north and down south. The waters down south are crystal clear and cleaner. Guess what else we spotted! Dolphins!! When the same kind gentleman came over to us and pointed out the dolphins in the distance, I SPOTTED THE DORSAL FINS OF 2 DOLPHINS!

I reached for my mobile but no more fins appeared. 😦 Oh well! It would be too far to get a decent photo anyways.

We decided it was time to start on the drive up north. It was just after 2pm and it would take us another 4 hours to Sydney. It gets dark just after 5pm in winter and we didn’t want Ben to be driving in the dark, on one lane and unfamiliar roads.

Mummy was about to take a nap after we’ve past Narooma when she remembered she had forgotten her pillow in the apartment! It then dawned on me… I HAD FORGOTTEN MY PILLOW TOO! Luckily we hadn’t gone too far so we turned back for the pillows, of course!

Jim (the manager of Narooma Palms) was kind enough to have held on to our pillows. 🙂 We hung around to chat with Jim and a passing comment was made that maybe we should just spend another night there, led us to actually extend our stay! We saw our coming back for our pillows as a sign.

As our apartment had already been cleaned, we were offered $30 off if we would make our own beds. Why not!

Since we had the rest of the afternoon, we decided to try our hand at fishing off the Mill Bay Boardwalk, just north of Wagonga Inlet.

 

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Mill Bay Boardwalk

It’s a really nice stroll from end to end. There are rest/fishing spots along the way with wooden benches and rod holders. There is even a working tap at each spot! How the little things make such a difference!

Snippets of history can be found along the boardwalk.

 

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Information on the Mitchell’s sawmilling family.

From the 1890s until 1960, a sawmill was located near here on the shoreline. In 1905 the sawmill lease was taken up by Mitchell and Sons who established a settlement of mill workers including Aboriginal employees.

The Mitchells had bullock teams and a horse team that transported logs to skids located around the inlet. A steam driven punt ferried the logs to the mill. It was a paddle steamer and became a much-loved feature of the inlet. On New Years Day the punt would be transformed into the ‘Showboat’ complete with a band from Sydney and loaded with locals in their Sunday best.

In 1916, the next generation of Mitchells took over the mill and Harry and Carl Mitchell renamed the company the Mitchell Brothers. This mill closed in 1960 and a new one opened at Lawlers Creek.

 

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Seagrass, home to some unusual creatures.

Seagrass meadows are an essential part of the ecosystem. They filter the run-off into the inlet and oxygenate the water. Seagrass meadows flourish in clear water and play a primary role in the marine food web. Home to over 360 species of worms, molluscs and crustaceans, seagrass meadows are also nurseries for juvenile fish.

Weedy seadragons live in seagrass meadows. They are well camouflaged with lobes of skin that resemble seaweed. When they breed in summer, male seadragons carry the eggs under their tails.

Coastal Aboriginal people associate healthy seagrass meadows with healthy sealife. Shellfish such as scallops and mud oysters are found here, as well as fish, crabs and guntoo gurri (sea snakes).

Due to their value as fish habitat, seagrass meadows are protected by law in NSW.

 

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Getting about by boat.

Before the colonial timber-getters arrived on the south coast, the forests around the waterways must have contained numerous scarred trees where huge sheets of bark have been removed to make canoes.

The canoes were simple structures, but certainly adequate for fishing expeditions and travelling around the inlet. At certain times of the year, men would canoe to Barunguba (Montague Island) to collect seabird eggs. On the inlet, canoes were usually equipped with a small fireplace. The fire kept the occupants warm, relatively insect free, and some fish could be cooked as soon as it was caught.

The sawmillers, Mitchell Brothers, designed and built the timber hull of the steamer, Kianga, here at Mill Bay. It had a broader beam and shallower draught than comparable vessels, enabling it to cross the Narooma Bar more easily.

Early settlers established farming and timber industries around the inlet. Local Aboriginal people were originally seen as a source of cheap labour, but became valued workers in the new industries. Demands for shipping increased and Wagonga Inlet saw a steady increase in boat traffic collecting timber and cheese and delivering goods from Sydney for the local market.

 

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A very adorable sad face!

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A sand bank separates the Tasman Sea and Little Lake at Narooma Surf Beach.

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Sunset from Bar Rock Lookout.

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A little information about these wonderful visitors.

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Montague Island – lots of birdie’s poopoo!

One of the highlights when visiting Narooma is dinner at the Seahorse Restaurant at Narooma Golf Club. It is really the only ‘fine-dining’ restaurant in the area.

To my dismay, the Seahorse Restaurant has long since closed! 😦 Fortunately, Jim informed us earlier that day that the Seahorse Restaurant has merged with the Bistro! So off we went!

 

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Narooma Golf Club!

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Freshly Shucked Wagonga Oysters $21.80 per dozen.

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Scorpion Strike!

We were offered this chilli in place of Tabasco and it was HOT! Scorpion Strike from The Chilli Factory is dubbed “lava” and “stupidly hot”. It definitely is both! Rated 15/10, this little bottle of spicy goodness can easily send the most seasoned of chilli lovers into ecstasy!

 

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A Scotch Fillet shared $25.90.

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Pork Belly $24.50.

4 LARGE portions of slow braised pork belly was a little too much for me. I did however love the coconut rice, Asian greens drenched in a hoisin glaze. So gooooood!! The bistro definitely stood up to the Seahorse Restaurant’s standard. Happy!! 😀

See? Forgetting our pillows WAS a sign!! If it wasn’t for that, we would never have eaten at the bistro.

 

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Mummy’s Garlic Prawns

We spent 30mins after dinner, parked along a dark street and glancing up at the billions of twinkling stars. Did you know you can even see the Milky Way with the naked eye? 🙂

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