Hi everyone, we are currently on a two night stop at Scrubby Creek, which is a convenient road side rest area not far from Eden. The rest area lies on the edge of a state forest so it is okay to have dogs here and there are long drop toilets, which look fairly new and a skip bin. It seems to be a popular short stay for a lot of people. Yesterday, we arrived here around 9am and at that time the rest area was empty. By lunch time, there were a few extra people and by night fall the rest area was almost full. It is now 10:30am the next morning and most of the people are gone again but if last night is anything to go by I would expect it to fill again before dark tonight. As Ben said, I guess ‘free camp’ speaks everyone’s language.
There are flat spots to park caravans or camper trailers and fire areas, some with hot plates for cooking. There are also some nice wooden picnic benches. It is a really good, free spot to get off the road for a while, eat, sleep and then leave. You are in the forest but the main road runs along side it so there is traffic noise but this is of little concern if your only staying temporarily and it saves you from tracking too far into the bush before you can rest. If you listen past the cars, you can still hear the bell birds (one of my favorite sounds) and other cheeps and chatters from the bush.
There isn’t much to do here and we have decided not to leave the rest area to go exploring because there are too many people coming and going to be confident that our things won’t get touched. So, yesterday we cooked a nice meal, beef stir fry with fried rice and then sat near the fire for a couple of games of poker and a couple of quiet beers. I lost both games and so I’ll be on drinks duty for Ben over the next couple of days. Tomorrow morning we’ll pack up our basic set up and move on to Merimbula.