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Tuesday 11th March

Journey's End

I had contemplated a one day trip from Bermagui to Sydney, with an early start via the coast and then through Braidwood, Goulburn, Oberon and Bells Line of Road through Richmond back to Sydney. One of my camp colleagues suggested that would be brave all in one day, and on reflection I agreed. Decided instead to check out of the camp site next morning after the blog update and chill on the beach with the obligatory coffee and newspaper (back in NSW so thankfully more rugby in the sports pages than AFL) and then stooge up the Sapphire Coast and see where I ended up late afternoon.

Camp site chicken hasn't quite mastered the art of hiding

The first bit went according to plan, and I caught the end of the Bermagui Sculptures by the Sea exhibition. It had finished on Monday, but most had not yet been dismantled.

Last one lacked originality I thought

Hopped on the bike about 11am and followed the coast, where I could, through Central Tilba (not coastal but a gorgeous little historic town in the hills - add to your must visit list), Narooma, Dalmeny, Malua Bay and Batemans Bay. I had only ever heard of Batemans Bay to be honest and yet that was probably the least impressive.

Lots of the coastal roads bounded by ocean on one side, and estuaries, lagoons, wetlands on the other. Very scenic.

Have to have a seagull shot - pelicans a bonus

Whist Tilba was only a short trip away from Bermagui, I couldn't not stop. Lots of cute shops and but for a bit of a hike on a warm day, some wonderful views.

Spells compulsory stop...Tilba

Best Ice Cream shop interior - anywhere

Tilba views

From Batemans Bay I cut inland through to Braidwood - the only town I doubled up on in the trip, albeit coming in and out from different directions. In fact to be fair I often came out from the same town in different directions - but always unintentionally. This one was planned. (I even got lost trying to get out of the Bright campsite - felt a complete goose as I circled the same campers time and time again trying to find the exit. Eventually a seven year old came to my rescue.)

From Braidwood to Goulburn, arriving about 5pm and time to scull a cold ginger beer and suss my Wiki Camps app out for local camp sites.

The BIG Merino - of course.

Transpired Goulburn wasn't flush with recommended camping sites - some of the campers rating comments over recent days included "...badly needs updating...students from overseas having spitting competitions, weeing in basins...not quiet after midnight...management care factor zero..." All the sort of feedback that would encourage you stay there if you were 17, but no longer my gig. So, decided a freeway blast would get me home in 2 hours - and it did. Not quite the way I planned to finish, but seemed rather fitting to be cruising back through Sydney city as the sun set.

And there endeth the journey. Twenty nine days, six thousand kilometres, many wonderful towns and sights, ridiculously good weather, good coffees/milkshakes, great car/bike museums, mouth-watering ice creams/gelatos, and brilliant roads - to name some of the highlights.

Brings to mind an old NZ tourism campaign slogan "Don't leave home until you've seen the country."

Thanks for sharing, and bye for now.

Posted by jb2014 21:05

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Excellent! What a great trip...and great photos.

Elizabeth was very impressed with you lifting 360kg.

by Tim Driscoll

Great blog boy - trip sounded and looked fantastic. Also most impressed with your your new found navigation and weight lifting skills!
Look forward to catching up next week.

by Vaughan

Welcome home to good old Sydney. Safe & Sound. I have enjoyed all your trip, photos & wonderful tidbits. Thank you for letting me join you & I now look forward to the many, many stories that you could not put down in print.

by Margie

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