Eager to get back to the coast we drove to Lakes Entrance. The clear and beautiful water combined with the many bays and inlet made for great swimming and surfing. The kids quickly made friends with some boys, Billy and James and we soon met their parents Steve and Michelle. They had just started their holiday around Australia from Queensland. Michelle was a keen surfer and we hooked up for an early morning session together, we had a ball.
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Traveling up the sapphire coast was beautiful, the mountains and forest meet the sea making it extremely picturesque and brings kangaroos onto the beaches! This lush coastline is such a contrast from the west.
It has had an impact on Mike like no other place we have seen so far; I suspect the green rolling hills remind him of home. But for those of you that know Mike would have heard it often said that he’s is happiest when grumbling, a self-confessed grumpy old man and with the hills creating bad fuel economy it gave him something to grumble about.
watching the boats on Naroona Bar wall
We stopped for a week in Tathra where, we swam, did yoga (well I did), we surfed and did day trips up the coast. We tried fishing but between the seals and the dolphins we like many other struggled to get our catch onto the wharf!
We tried our luck one night, but instead we arrived to find some local’s had caught two hammerhead sharks and were fileting them. Quite fascinating yet I would have preferred to see them in the water. They generously gave us some flake but it was all a bit too traumatic for Bryce and so we gave it away!
We sat out a huge thunderstorm in the van that at times was so loud we all were covering our ears. It was deafening and too much for Tom, so we put on some headphones and he listened to ACDC at full volume, strangely it seemed to help (So soothing!!!!).