Last Day Of Road Trip

Last Day Of Road Trip

In this tech-dependent day and age, we are so accustomed to having not only a regular mobile network, but also the occasional free Wi-Fi. Frequent travellers always keep an eye out for FREE Wi-Fi wherever we go. Unfortunately, Narooma Palms did not provide that service.

THIS is really the main reason why I look forward to going home after a trip.

Here’s take #2 at going home. Hahaha! Our planned return trip: Narooma – Jervis Bay (fishing) – Wollongong (Nan TIen Temple) – Home.

As they say, even the best laid plans go awry.

imageMilton Post Office.

We stopped off at Milton for a toilet break. I stood at one spot and simply snapped a few shots of the surrounds. I love the simple and original architecture of the buildings in Milton.

imageA mural just next to a little park in front o the public toilets.

imageA cutout of a clown high up on a sign post welcoming visitors!

imageMilton’s Court House. How beautiful it is as a dwelling!

We followed the signs to Jervis Bay only to find ourselves at Jervis Bay National Park! Yes, we did get a little lost. Oops!

We then decided to have lunch at Huskisson instead. It’s been so very long since we’ve last been here, I remember it was so long ago that none of us even had a smartphone! -Feels a little old-

Huskisson is a town in the City of Shoalhaven, on the shores of Jervis Bay. Jerrinja (an Aboriginal tribe that lived on the South Coast of New South Wales) call Huskisson, Kurrumbin.

imageWhale and dolphin-watching cruises run daily at Huskisson.

One of the best places in Australia to witness whales on their annual migrations, humpbacks and southern right whales can be seen both offshore and inside the calmer waters of the bay from June through to November.

imageCrystal clear waters of Huskisson Public Wharf. See that little island over there? 🙂 To the left is the mouth of Currambene Creek with Voyager Memorial Park on the right.

For thousands of years, boat building was an important activity around Jervis Bay. Local Aboriginal people made their vessels from bark, skillfully stripped from carefully chosen old trees.

In 1861 George Dent and his family moved to Huskisson, attracted by the access to suitable timber and a relatively deep bay. Some of George’s sons became shipbuilders, while others worked in the bush selecting and felling timber for boat building. The Lady Denman ferry was built at Huskisson in 1911 by the shipbuilding company established by Joseph Dent.

The Settree family arrived in Huskisson in 1932 and wre the last of the commercial timber boat builders in Huskisson. In 1979 John Settree built the last timber vessel constructed in the area.

imageMore. Oysters. Yum! Lunch at Huskisson RSL Club.

Currambene Creek is the largest creek that flows into Jervis Bay and is a vital part of Jervis Bay Marine Park.

The mangrove forest, seagrass meadows and mudflat in the creek provide food, shelter and breeding grounds for many animals.

The mudflat is a feeding area for wading birds such as black swans, royal spoonbills and eastern curlew. Sea eagles nest in trees adjacent to the creek. They feed on fish that school in the deeper waters of the channel and creek entrance.

Surrounding the mudflat are mangroves and seagrass meadows. These areas provide food and shelter for animals such as prawns and crabs and are nurseries for many fish species including bream, flathead and whiting.

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In memory of 82 brave men of HMAS Voyager.

A plague on the other side reads ” A Tribute to Fallen Comrades”.

The loss of the HMAS Voyager off Jervis Bay on 10 February 1964 was the worst peace-time naval disaster in Australian history. On the fateful night, the aircraft carrier, HMAS MElbourne, sliced HMAS Voyager in half and 82 of Voyager’s crew were killed.

In 1968, a group of local community representatives formed the Voyager Committee. The RSL and the committee raised funds to build a park here on the site of the old swimming baths in memory of the men who lost their lives in the accident. The Royal Australian Navy also provided financial support.

On 10 February 1991, the park was officially dedicated by the widow and son of the late Captain D H Stevens, commanding officer of the Voyager.

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‘Home is the hunter home from the hill. Home is the sailor home from the sea.”

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Voyager Memorial Park

This pine tree was grown from a seed brought from Anzac Cove, Gallipoli. Lest we forget.

imageSpotted on a bench in Voyager Memorial Park, Huskisson.

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imageThe front shrine.

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imageThe main Shrine.

Nan Tien Temple is the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere. It is one of the branch temples of Fo Guang Shan, founded in 1965 by Venerable Master Hsing Yun. “Nan Tien” in Chinese, literally means “Paradise of the South”.

Since the opening of the temple in October 1995, it has become a new venue for local and international tourists and also acts as an important cultural centre bridging different cultures.
Fo Guang Buddhism is rooted in the Mahayana tradition which emphasises that Buddhahood is within everyone’s potential reach. Fo Guang followers strive to bring Buddhism into daily life and aptly term their faith “Humanistic Buddhism.”
Our final leg home.

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So, out of all the places we’ve had FIsh & Chips and oysters, where has the freshest, most delicious and the best value for money?

The winner is The Boatshed in Batemans Bay! Good fried food is dependent on the freshness of the seafood, good clean oil and light batter! 5 stars!

So, the next time you are in Sydney, do consider doing something different and exploring the vast surrounds of New South Wales! You never know what you may find. 😀

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