Having been south from Sydney on numerous day trips and weekends, most of yesterday's travelling was familiar. Today heading south we would encounter territory that neither of us had seen for some time. As promised we headed for the Bakery around the corner for breakfast. Fairly young kid serving seemed a bit unsure when we asked about wholemeal bread and soy milk. Reminded us that we were no longer in the city. After a discussion with one of the older wait staff about whether two slices of raisin toast meant one slice cut into two or it in fact meant two slices, a second slice was delivered to me.
Suitably sated we farewelled Batemans Bay and took to the road again. With no rush to get anywhere in a hurry, we decided to take the coast road rather than the Princes Highway. It meant we would miss Mogo, but we definitely decided we'd made the right decision as the views along the way were beautiful with bay after bay of yellow sand beach, cliffs and shimmering water. After plenty of rain over recent months there is a lot of green around, all in all plenty of lovely scenery. The coast road eventually turned inland and we followed the Moruya river into Moruya, where we topped up the fuel tank and I jumped out to take a few photographs .. most of the photos taken from the moving car not very good. Here we rejoined the main highway and continued along our way. We stopped in Bodalla, sampling some cheese from the region, but with our projected coffee stop in mind, we didn't stay too long.
And so we arrived in TilbaTilba, a gorgeous little village with quaint little shops and cafes as well as the ABC Cheese shop. Well and truly ready for a drink we sat in the Tilba teapot, and had a good look in several of the shops, bought some produce from the factory and hit the road again, just as the weather turned and the rain started to fall. We decided to once again take the coast road and It rained on and off until we reached Bermagui where we pulled in at the marina and joined a rather large queue at the local fish shop. The estimated half hour wait didn't eventuate and we settled ourselves happily under an umbrella doing the cryptic crossword and looking out at the boats, water, seagulls and hungry families who weren't quite so patient.
Enjoyed our fish (blue grenadier) and chips when it came and headed off again soon after, the rain still arriving in patches, and despite the weather the scenery all the way along was spectacular. With plenty of ks still in front of us, we eventually entered the area called 'the Saphire Coast', the road turning toward the south west after Tathra and rejoining the highway after Merimbula and Pambula, arriving at our destination of Eden not long after.
We were booked into the Halfway Motel, so named as it's halfway bewteen Sydney and Melbourne. Reliably informed by the hotel receptionist that there were whales in the bay we dropped our stuff and headed up the street to explore the place. Eden has a considerable history as a whaling town. Still used as a fishing port, it is set on a promontory with the appropriately named Twofold bay on either side of it. Whales frequently come into the bay to take shelter during their migration (south in spring, north in Autumn). We made our way along past the usual string of shops and cafes toward the port, past the Killerwhale museum which was closing for the day. An interesting winding path took us down quite a steep hill, but it was cold and very blustery. It was interesting and certainly added to our step count, but we were glad to get back to our rooms and out of the weather
After a bit of a rest we ended up back out in the weather and into the pub bistro, lamb cutlets for me and salmon for Rae. Nice food at the end of a nice day.Read more