By the time we leave here tomorrow we would have been here at Wallagaragh River Retreat for 15 nights. During this time we have seen a few things, we have had time prior to Christmas where the camp was pretty quiet, time over Christmas, then we had time over New Year’s when our friends Sally and Anthony and their two boys came to visit and now time after New Year’s.
Firstly, let’s talk about the camp site… this place is a whole new ball game for Ben and I. We are used to bush camping and so having rules, people close to us, people managing the place and a toilet and shower block is unusual and at first some of these things were concerning. We have settled in here now and met some lovely people. There are a few regulars from the same area in Melbourne that we are from who are very nice. Then there is Jen and Phil from Wombyn (about 30 minutes from here) and Joan and David from Cook Town. We hope to see both of these couples again on our travels.
There is no doubts that this is a unique spot, the salty river here is different to anything else we have experienced and although it is very shallow in the part of the river we are camping on, other parts are stunning. The pale brown water and bushy banks branch off as you get closer to Gipsy Point and there is an array of sandy spots, rocky spots and reedy spots along the shores. Ben has managed to catch a black bream (released), an eel (released) and two dusky flathead (eaten) in the river. We have seen a little bit of wildlife here including lots of roos, a wombat, an emu, quite a few lace monitors, bearded dragons, swans, ducks and Ben even saw a red-bellied black snake in the camp ground.
The visit from Sally and Anthony was a huge effort on their part with the boys but it was wonderful to see them. Sitting around chatting with them made me think about all the nights we spent at their house or at ours on a Friday night eating good food and having a few drinks and a chat. Thanks so much for coming up, it was great to have good friends about, especially on New Years Eve.
Ben and Anthony went fishing off Bastian Point at Mallacoota a couple of days ago and caught a beautiful 18kg Mako shark. We sat with Sal and Anth and little Archer and Isaac and enjoyed homemade fish and chips that night at the campsite. We also have some in the freezer, which will provide quite a few more feeds for Ben and I yet. On that trip he also caught a nice gummy shark, which was released because they already had more than enough of a feed with the Mako in the boat. They also kept a couple of pike for bait and released a wrasse and a barracoota.
We have done day trips numerous places around here including Eden, Pambula, Mallacoota, Quarantine Bay, Boydtown, Genoa and Gipsy Point. Wallagaraugh has been a good base camp for all of that.
We are keen to move on tomorrow to a small campsite called Scubby Creek, which is between Genoa and Eden. This will be a two night stop only as we are due in Merimbula on January 6th. Surf, sand and sun… here we come.