Travelling form Cooma we traversed yet another mountain pass with beautiful forest and rolling hills. The steep trip down played havoc with the breaks of the van - the service in Coffs had set them way too low - and so we had to stop for the usual morning coffee break, but also to allow the smoking car breaks to cool off. Needless to say Mr Fixit has been under the van since and has sorted out the break settings!
From Merimbula to Eden is farmed oyster area - everywhere you look! At Eden we watched a tall ship sail in, and also a cruise liner - passengers brought on shore with small craft. The nicest swim in the sea so far was also in Eden - in a lovely man made rock pool that is continually washed by incoming waves.
Next we stopped at Marlo, on the river estuary. Here we had the privilege of meeting an elderly couple, well they are both 82, who arrived for their 40th annual visit to the same park, on the same spot, under a tree they planted with their friends 30 years ago. It only took us two minutes to realise these folks would not be putting up their annex by themselves, so we rigged it all for them. Gotta love the longevity of campers!!
Camping by the Snowy River
At Lake Wellington one of us got up early enough to see the sunrise - and what a beauty it was! God's painting in the sky.
Sunrise at Lake Wellington
While we are loving the evening twilight, with dinner often happening as late as 8:30, we would gladly trade these grey clouds and rain for some of the Brisbane sunshine! Its been more that 2 weeks since we had some real hot days - even our solar panel is not getting enough rays to charge the van batteries - hence we are out of the bushes and into the commercial world of a powered site in a caravan park in Foster!!
The wind farm at Toora was quite spectacular - the towers are 67m high and each blade is 33m long. The farm generates enough electricity to supply 6000 homes and makes such good sense in this windy area.
Wind farm in Toora.
Agnes waterfall - longest in Victoria.
Tomorrow we will explore Wilson's promontory and then head off to some inland lakes again.
Dessert tonight is pears in red wine, simmered in star anise, cinnamon and cardomom...