Goodbye Merimbula, Hello Bermagui
Our last night in Merimbula was a fun one. After spending the morning doing the famous Merimbula Board Walk we headed back, packed up what we could and then went to the Lakeside Hotel for dinner. We won a seafood tray in the raffle and played lots of games of pool with the locals. Some of the locals were very keen for us to stay, telling us where more permanent accommodation was available and suggesting where we could work.
We also met Luc and Mark, two guys from Melbourne who do a lot of four wheel driving and were in Merimbula holidaying with their families. These guys were great, maybe we’ll see them again one day on our four wheel drive adventures.
Bermagui (written 14/1/17)
When we drove in to Bermagui we had a feeling we were going to like this place. The feeling was instant… Was it the green hill we parked on overlooking the choppy, blue, open ocean? Or the Cartlon Draft truck with four beautiful Clydesdale’s that greeted us on our arrival? Or the warm, salty air that filled our lungs and the big game boats that got Ben’s fishing cogs turning as we walked around the wharf and its cafes? Or Blue Water… some man made but sea fed rock swimming pools we looked at? I don’t know whether it was just one of these things or a combination of all of them but there is just ‘something’ about this place.
We drove into Regatta Point Holiday Park, which is where we will stay for the next week. Our powered site is set back a little from the others but we can still see the beautiful lake and the blue hazy mountain that overlooks the water like a protector of some sorts. The park is in an amazing spot.
When Ben awoke this morning, he said to me, “Did I tell you I love this place?” He had told me this last night as we drank whiskey and enjoyed prawns that we had won the night before. He had also told me this when we walked the wharf and when we visited Blue Water. If we can find jobs here, a week here is not going to cut it. We’d love to stay longer.
Still in Bermagui…
Technically we only have a couple of days left in Bermagui but the chances of us staying a little longer are high at the moment. We have been out to see Camel Rock and the amazingly clear Wallaga Lake, which is fed by the sea and has a reputation for being a good swimming spot but also good for catching good flathead, whiting and other desirable finned friends. We’ve been fishing off the jetty in the holiday park most nights and picked up a couple of good sized dusky flathead. We met Bushy, one of Ben’s fishing idols as he works at Bermi Bait and Tackle and Ben was lucky enough to get a photo with him and some good fishing tips. We then waded in the stunning shallows in Bermagui and Ben flicked around some of Bushy’s soft plastics. Ben has gone out on a charter boat today to do some reef fishing so hopefully he has a brilliant day.
Our poor Chevy boy has injured his throat and possibly hurt his neck whilst playing with a stick… he’s in recovery at the moment and we are keeping a close eye on him. Hopefully he’ll come good over the next few days. New rule – no more sticks!
We went to Tilba Tilba and Central Tilba yesterday, this was a highly recommended spot to visit from our good friend Al who we met at Jingelic. Stepping into Tilba is literally like stepping back in time, the town was built in 1880 and the wooden shops with the old fashioned windows and doors still stand and function today. The ABC Cheese Factory is probably the towns greatest attraction with a good selection of cheeses, honey and sauces to taste and purchase.
Can You See The Camel?
This is Camel Rock… one of the most popular sites to see here. Do you think it looks like a camel?