Day 4 to Day 9 – Mallacoota to Batemans Bay

13 05 2008

 

Tuesday 13th May 

After a morning start at the centre of Batemans Bay,

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we headed first to South Durras and then North Durras.  Both had minimal development on them (although there was some housing and accommodation available – with North Durras looking like it hadn’t been touched in 40 years) and had (like so much of this section of coast) some very inviting swimming beaches, clear waters, and surrounding forests.  North Durras appeared to be largely run by the park authorities and is famous for kangaroos on the beach.

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Monday 12th May

We left Narooma (not before walking the boardwalk there to check out the fish once more before doing so) and headed to Batemans Bay hugging the coast and tourists drives as much as possible.  Checked out some beaches along the way with the most significant being a stop in Malua Bay (Just before getting to Batemans Bay).

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We arrived at Batemans Bay about midday and found accommodation in cabin at one of the caravan parks and at only $51 per night it was small, clean, basic, almost brand new and a real bargain!

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Sunday 11th May

We were able to organise a fishing trip on the inlet with “Calm Water Fishing” which ran fishing trips on the inlet and we were very excited by this.  I have never seen as many fish in an area of water like this in my life.  Narooma must surely be some sort of fisherman’s heaven.  However, we were only able to catch a few bream and an octopus from our morning’s fishing expedition.

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Besides fishing, Narooma also had a netted swimming beach and some reasonable surf beaches.

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Saturday 10th May

On the trip from Merimbula to Narooma we stopped at Tathra which had another ocean facing wharf.  We were amazed to see so many fish swimming beneath the wharf.  The water was crystal clear.  Tathra was a small town with a nice beach and it would have been great to spend some more time here but we wanted to keep moving.

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We also stopped at Bermagui and thought we might stay here for a night, but quickly decided to head to the bigger town of Narooma.  However, we did stop long enough to take a picture of the blue pool at Bermagui, and also had time to eat at the local fish and chip shop which was really excellent (best fried calamari I can recall in a long time).

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We arrived at Narooma and although not overly impressed initially we found some reasonably priced accommodation which had a wonderful view out to the Wagonga inlet at Narooma.

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Friday 9th May

We went for a morning walk along the boardwalk around a section of Merimbula Lake (inlet).  It was excellent timing (tide was in) as we could see numerous fish swimming in the shallows amongst the Mangroves.  We then headed to see the fish being fed at the aquarium near the Merimbula wharf.  The wharf is an ocean facing pier and quite high up.  We could see many schools of fish, and stingrays swimming beneath the pier.  In the afternoon we went to the surf beach but it was a bit cold so we didn’t stay for long and returned for a swim in the heated pool.

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Thursday 8th May

Tried to arrange for a tour of the Mallacoota inlet but the tour didn’t operate due to lack of numbers as we were the only customers for the day.  Met an ex employee of BSSC (Dalon?, wife Jo? and young child) now employees of MLC at Mallacoota as we were having coffee and waiting for our clothes to dry in the local caravan park laundry. 

Then headed to Merimbula stopping in Eden.  Eden had a nice beach where we watched a school group learn to surf as we had lunch.  Made a brief stop at the Eden Wharf, which was clearly a busy fishing boat terminal. 

Headed to Pambula where we briefly stopped to check the surf beach and then to the nearby Pambula inlet. The surf was pretty flat and if not for the water being a bit cold at this time of year it appeared like an inviting swimming beach.

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The photo above shows the beach at Pambula stretching in the distance to Merimbula.  The inlet (just around the corner from the surf beach) at Pambula was very tranquil with red scoria coloured rocks, white sand and crystal clear waters.  Like so many other beaches around here – I wished it was warmer!

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We arrived at Merimbula late but in time for Zaren to have a brief swim in the heated pool at the caravan park at which we were to stay.

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