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Explore : Jervis Bay & Shoalhaven

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The Shoalhaven region is between the Illawarra and Eurobodalla shires and is a quick two hour drive from Sydney.  It’s decorated with some of the most amazing coastline, with beautiful beaches, turquoise water, and a few cafes and wineries.

 

Jervis Bay is surrounded by the Shoalhaven region and is said to have the whitest sand in the world.  The southern headland of Jervis Bay is reserved as a special territory called Jervis Bay Territory, which was surrendered by NSW in 1915 to provide a seaport for the new inland capital, Canberra.  It’s home to a few small settlement towns and the Australian Naval base, HMAS Creswell.

 

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Berry

This tiny little town was named after Alexander Berry, a Scottish explorer who pioneered the European settlement of the Shoalhaven area in 1822.  While the town is small, it’s famous for donuts.  We spotted the Famous Berry Donut Van on our cruise through town and stopped.  You can only get cinnamon donuts but they were cooked fresh.  Perhaps the best cinnamon donuts we’ve ever had, but at the same time, they’re still just donuts.

 

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We also visited Silo Estate winery.  We tasted a few wines and perused their range of alpaca wool products before settling on the modest purchase of some alpaca ham.  We were tempted to buy an actual alpaca, but the Troopy’s only a two seater…

 

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Nowra

We only made one stop in Nowra – Hanging Rock Lookout for lunch.  There’s a great view of the Shoalhaven River and a few bench seats for a picnic.  We sampled the alpaca ham in our sandwiches – really flavoursome and salty.

 

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Milton

We’d been busting to get to Milton to see our friends from Darwin, Joe and Kate.  They moved down to the Shoalhaven Coast for a sea change and took over a cute little cafe on the main street.  We stayed with them for a week while we checked out the coast and frequented at their cafe because it was so delicious.

 

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Eating Out : Coastal Kitchen & Coffee

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Coastal Kitchen & Coffee is a bright and eclectic cafe in the historic little town of Milton on the Shoalhaven coast.  We highly recommend this place if you’re passing through the area, not only because our mates Joe and Kate run the place, but also because they serve up some wicked sandwiches.

 

Our favourite was the magnificent Breakfast Burger!  This giant tower of bacon, egg and hash brown was a great way to start the day.

 

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Later in the week, we stopped by for lunch and killed a steak sandwich and chilli chicken burger… and are you seeing these chips? Amazing!

 

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Coastal Kitchen also do coffee, cakes and freshly squeezed juices. If you’re in the area, stop by for a feed – you won’t regret it.

 

Thanks Kate & Joe, for having us while we were on the Shoalhaven Coast. We had an awesome time staying with you and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

 

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Merry Christmas – enjoy the holidays!

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Hi all,

 

We’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year… and what a year it’s been!

 

We started 2015 in Cairns, where we stayed until May, working and biding our time until we had to fly home for two weddings.

 

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Once we were on the road again, our task was fairly simple – explore the east coast of Australia.  After a magical visit at Paronella Park, we passed through Townsville and Mackay before heading inland to the beautiful Lake Elphinstone.

 

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We cruised through the Central Highlands before returning to the coast. We ate beef in Rockhampton, drank rum in Bundaberg, then caught a ferry to Fraser Island. We gave the Troopy a 4WD workout at Landcruiser Mountain Park and watched the rain clouds come in on the Sunshine Coast.

 

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We spent about three weeks in Brisbane because Dave needed some medical attention, but it was great to spend time with friends in that beautiful city.  As we approached the Gold Coast, the dark clouds returned and by the time we got to the Best Of All Lookouts, we couldn’t see a thing!

 

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We crossed the border into New South Wales and bee-lined straight to Byron Bay for a few days in the easternmost town of Australia. We were lucky to get a few days of sun but the drizzle returned as we made our way to Coffs Harbour.  Finally, with some sun, we got to enjoy the beautiful coastline from Port Macquarie to Newcastle.

 

 

We enjoyed a tipple in the Hunter Valley before spending a week on the Central Coast, helping out a family with their household duties while Juz scored some work with a school holiday program in Gosford.

 

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Arriving in Sydney was a little surreal. It’s the biggest city in Australia and we spent a lot of time walking around the city getting exhausted. We also have a few friends in Sydney so it was great to catch up and spend time with them.

 

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We headed inland to the Blue Mountains and Central West just in time for a freakish cold front to sweep through the area. We had the pleasure of experiencing subzero temperatures and snow, as well as seeing the Dish in Parkes and exotic animals at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo.

 

 

With a few more friendly visits in Kiama and Milton, and a stop at the Big Merino in Goulburn, we finally visited our country’s capital. We called in at the War Memorial and National Mint and even saw our old travel buddies Tom and Bella.

 

 

Once we returned to the coast, the wet weather reappeared and we reached the Victorian border within a day or two. From then on, there was no point stuffing around – we were 4 hours from home.  On Sunday the 2nd of August, we rolled in unannounced and enjoyed a hot shower and warm bed.

 

Since our return to Melbourne, we’ve been busy.  We got jobs, reconnected with friends, and started making plans for the future.

 

We’re going to take a few weeks off to enjoy the silly season and spend time with our family and friends. We’ll see you all in the new year with more posts about the last leg of our lap around Australia, as well as our run down of Tassie later in the year.

 

Thanks for all your support,

 

Dave & Juz

 

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