North of the Vic/NSW border, Eden is the first town found on the coastline. It’s a pretty place, living up to comments we’d heard about it. We had a nice relaxing Sunday in Eden; lunch at the lookout and the arvo at the surf beach. We didn’t bother with the Eden Whale Museum, having been to the Historic Whaling Station in Albany WA which was quite in-depth and thorough.
The surf itself wasn’t that good, but we took the boards in anyway as the sun was shining and the water temp seemed warmer than in Vic. We had a lovely relaxing time. Nicole even joined in some interval sprints on the soft sand! (yes, a bit of exercise is relaxing 😉 )
Monday we were on the road to check out the towns further north. The terrain around here seems the same as further north in NSW, and some of SE QLD for that matter! Hilly, quite green grass, and the same style of trees/forests I’m used to seeing. The beaches seem pretty similar style too! Here is Pambula Beach.
A bit further north is Tura beach. A lot of houses on the hillside coming down to the beach – looking out over the ocean.
Then it was into the town of Bega, whose name probably rings a bell thanks to the Bega Cheese Factory! We did visit the cheese factory, and sampled some cheese, but they don’t do a large range of gourmet cheeses or anything – they seem to just focus on the supermarket stuff (half of it is that ‘plastic’ pre-sliced cheese…). Lovely green countryside, with a mixture of cattle, sheep and some cultivation (no pics – getting slack with the camera), but the town is nothing exciting.
From Bega we looped back down to Mt Darragh Road, which heads inland up through the scenic South East Forests National Park. A lovely scenic drive, quite tight and twisty in places, that took us to Bombala, which I think is on the edge of what is considered the NSW Alpine area. Nicole and I went for a run around the pretty Lake in Bombala, before settling down for the night just a little north of the town. We copped a bit of a storm that night, with some rain, lightning and thunder!
So it was just a quick visit to the bottom end of the sapphire coast region. It was never in the plan to spend much time exploring NSW (because of its close proximity to home compared to the other states). Aside from a detour to Mt Kosciuszko, and a stop in Canberra, we’re now in ‘see what we can as we drive home’ type mode!