Category: Solo Trips

Briagolong (Vic)

We had planned to travel from Marlo to home in Melbourne but got a call from our niece, Kate, who was visiting her in-laws, Trevor and Robyn, at Briagolong (maplink). We were invited to drop in and ended up staying with Trevor and Robyn for the night.

We were taken on a tour of the district discovering some great places such as the Blue Pool swimming hole (maplink), which the locals flock to every summer and just down the road to the Froam Campground – nice freecamp spot. We finished our tour of “Briag” at the historic RSL Log Cabin.

We headed off to home on the next day to complete our 6,500 km trip – what a blast it was!

Marlo & Cape Conran (Vic)

About Marlo

Marlo is a sleepy seaside town perched about 90 m above sea level on a headland overlooking the flood plain and estuary of the Snowy River. The town is surrounding by unspoilt waterways and beaches, rich river flats which are ideal for cattle grazing, and sheltered estuarine waters which produce some of the best perch and bream fishing in Australia. Marlo is known as an ideal destination for bushwalking, bird-watching, remote beaches and water-based activities.

The peacefulness and beauty of the area has inspired writers with one, in 1886, insisting that “Nothing can be lovelier than the early morning at Marlo, with sea, and sky, and land glowing in the tints of recent dawning …” and another eulogising that “Marlo is one of these peaceful, out-of-the-way places, where nerves and worries, and the disappointments of cities may be curbed or forgotten. The little seaside hamlet is perched on the side of a scrubby hill, where the shingled roofs of a few old bush cottages, and a hotel, give just the necessary touch of habitation.” (sourced from the Aussie Towns website – click for more).

Marlo Caravan Park

We selected Marlo as the last stop of our trip (maplink) as we had not been there before and had heard so many good stories about it, so booked into the Marlo Ocean Views Caravan Park for 3 nights.

First thing we discovered upon arrival was the welcoming party of millions of mosquitoes. It was real bad, with plenty of “deet” filled spraying of exposed body parts. Marlo is at the mouth of the mighty Snowy River and the estuary opening had just been opened; 1st time in about 8 months. The backup of fresh water in the estuary was apparently the cause of the mozzie plague.

Took a drive out to Cape Conran Coastal Park to check it out. A beautiful place with some a nature walk along the coastline at Sailors Grave (maplink). The boat ramp at Salmon Rocks (maplink) was a pretty dangerous looking spot with heaps of massive kelp over the jetty and beach.

Tathra (NSW)

About Tathra

Until the late 1940s – early 1950s the major form of transportation along the New South Wales South Coast was ferry and passenger steamer. There was a daisy chain of reliable all weather wharves where the ships would berth, deliver and pick up goods and passengers, before sailing further up or down the coast. Tathra is now historically significant because it is the only one of the original coastal steamer wharves remaining. It is a reminder of a time when the sea was the main transport highway up and down the South Coast.

Today Tathra is a quiet holiday destination offering fishing, surfing, swimming and sailboarding on the 3 km-long Tathra Beach while Mongareeka Inlet, the wide sandy mouth of the Bega River, has boat-launching ramps and offers water-skiing, windsurfing and excellent prawning in season. (sourced from the Aussie Towns website – click for more).

Tathra Caravan Park

We left Ulladulla for Tathra (maplink) for 3 days at Tathra Beachside Caravan Park (owned by Frankie J Holden).

We stayed here in 2015 and loved it; so just had to call in to see how it had recovered after the devastating bushfires in March 2018. The caravan park was only slightly damaged but 69 properties were destroyed with 398 being saved or untouched.

We did some exploring, finding…

  • the old Tathra Wharf, which we fished off with the kids about 25 years ago. It looks exactly the same as it did back then
  • a beautiful cove called Kianinny Boat Ramp, which was very serene
  • Merimbula for lunch at the old Merimbula Wharf followed by a cuppa at the Bar Beach Cafe overlooking the Boggy Creek estuary

Ulladulla (NSW)

About Ulladulla

Historically Ulladulla was an important port for the local timber and dairy industry. Today the harbour is home to a fleet of commercial fishing trawlers but, increasingly, the town has become a coastal holiday resort and popular place for retirement. It is one of those rare places on the New South Wales coast where the main artery – the Princes Highway – actually passes the harbour which, with its two boat ramps, is nestled between enclosing headlands. On either side of the town there are holiday beaches, seven lakes and in the hinterland there are state forests, mountain ranges and national parkland which are ideal for bushwalks and scenic drives (sourced from the Aussie Towns website – click for more).

It was ANZAC Day when we made the trip from Bateau Bay to Ulladulla (maplink) and we planned to skirt around the western side of Sydney using the motorways. We plotted the course on our car GPS but actually did not take too much notice to the southern end of the route until we found that we were to travel through the Kangaroo Valley.

This would normally be a beautifully scenic drive but not when you’re dragging a 8 metre, 2.8 tonne caravan! Plus the other factor we did not consider – most of the country town’s main streets (eg Bowral) were closed for ANZAC Day marches, so we were detoured through the back streets, once again a lot more difficult when dragging a massive caravan behind you.

We finally made it to one of our favourite locations in Australia, Ulladulla Holiday Haven Caravan Park. Merrisa’s mum and step-dad lived in Mollymook (part of Ulladulla) for about 15 years and we had spent many holidays there.

Mollymook

Merrisa’s mum and step-dad lived in Mollymook (part of Ulladulla) for about 15 years and we had spent many holidays there. They owned the Biltaange Holiday Flats. So it’s always nice to drop in to see how much it’s changed.

Pebbly Beach

One of our favourite beaches on the south coast of NSW is Pebbly Beach with it’s friendly kangaroos and other wildlife. It is in between Ulladulla and Batemans Bay (maplink).

Nelligen

Dropped into a nice little town near Batemans Bay called Nelligen (maplink), which is located where the Kings Highway (road from Batemans Bay to Canberra) crosses the Clyde River.

We had lunch on the side of the river while watching eager young fisherman trying their luck at catching some Bream.

Narrawallee and Lake Conjola

When our kids were little we always took them to Narrawallee on hot windy days for a swim. It was always sheltered and the water was shallow for toddlers. We headed down to check it out and the small town has grown a bit and now they have the Playgrounds General Store at the carpark – coffee’s all round. Otherwise it is the same picturesque inlet it was 20 years ago.

The other place we frequented in the old days was Lake Conjola, up the coast a bit from Ulladulla. Once again it was as beautiful as it used to be. The caravan park has certainly improved a lot and we marked it down as a future place to stay. You really need a boat or canoe at this location to take in the area. The new raised boardwalk provides a great way to explore the Conjola headland with views out to Green Island.