Barlings Beach, the South Coast Beaches, Kangaroos

This is the catch-up posting for the weekend, covered by several Daily Emails. There was not enough bandwidth available to write a blog.

On Friday, March 8th, we left Goulburn for Barlings Beach on the South Coast, south of Sydney, about directly east of Canberra. Ron and Jenny have a caravan permanently parked at a holiday park there.

The caravan park, which includes about 200 lots for permanently parked caravans, temporary rentals, and some cabins, is a relaxed, easy-going setting where children race up and down the gravel streets on their bikes and multiple generations of families have caravan lots and share Easter and Christmas holidays. The beaches are beautiful, too.

Saturday morning (March 9th) it rained, and we went for a drive from Barlings Beach to other beaches on the South Coast. There are many holiday parks for permanent and temporary caravans (RVs and camper trailers, in US terminology), time-shares, rentals, cabins/cottages (some very elaborate), retirement homes and nursing care facilities. The area attracts people who like to fish, surf, and sail as well as to simply relax, on and off the beach. The scenery along the shorelines and river mouths is spectacular. The beaches we visited were Mossy Point, South Broulee, Moruya and Moruya Heads.

On the way home from Moruya we visited a friend, Alice, who is a charming, energetic Moruya gardener. We drove up to find her wheeling about a barrow full of prunings; she was putting the garden to bed after a difficult (unusually dry) season. She has a fish pond populated with beautify orange and black koi;  beds of succulents and pink lady lilies; lemon and other citrus trees; beds of delicious smelling nasturtiums; lovely weed-free lawns; and those are just a few highlights.

Sunday (today, March 10) we headed back to Goulburn, but by driving along the South Coast, seeing more beaches and a small communities. The major highlights of the day were the kangaroos at Murramarang National Park, and the blowhole at Kiama bay, and with many beautiful beaches between.

These kangaroos are probably the Eastern Grey variety. We found them resting in the shade of some pine trees, some nibbling on grass, some sleeping, most not particularly interested in the people looking at them or the young children approaching them. I found them fascinating and would have watched them for hours. To see an animal use its tail as a leg – what could be cooler?

Among other bays, lakes and beaches, we stopped at Huskisson, Jervis Bay, and Kiama Bay, and saw promenades of Norfolk Island pines, huge white pelicans, and flocks of cockatiels.

The blowhole at Kiama was very busy with tourists since this weekend is a long weekend for people from the Canberra area. They have Monday as a holiday because it is Canberra Day.

The blowhole is within a lava field of basalt, and when the sea conditions are correct, can blow a geyser-like fountain as high as 25 meters. We didn’t witness those extreme conditions today, but it was still quite impressive.

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