The waterfront at Huskisson, on Jervis Bay
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11 March 2016
This morning we were up for an early swim in the Kiama rock pool, what a fabulous way to start the day. After packing the car we headed south toward our destination of Mollymook with lots of stops along the way. It already feels as though we will have a very hot and humid day.
At Pleasant Point we stopped to admire the great view looking down on Werri Beach and Gerringong (above), with the green rolling hills resembling a huge green sheet, anchored down with clumps of trees, and dairy cattle. After a drive along the Gerrigong beach front we stopped for breakfast at the Sea View cafe with panoramic views across the town and the ocean (left).
As we were nearing Gerroa we made a stop overlooking the expanse of Seven Mile Beach, at the memorial to Sir Charles Kingsford Smith (“Smithy”) who landed his plane The Southern Cross on Seven Mile Beach on 9 January 1933 after flying across the Pacific. According to a newspaper report (if you have a touch screen you can enlarge the image at right) thousands of people turned out to see him arrive, and leave later the same day for his record flight across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand, and to prove that air travel was possible between the two countries.
Part of the beautiful South Coast with the morning mist
Our planned itinerary then took us inland to the quaint, historic, and very busy town of Berry with its rolling hills, heritage buildings, award-winning restaurants and sophisticated shopping. So many heritage buildings along the main street, the camera was working overtime! Very warm in Berry!
We then returned to the coast at the very pretty town of Shoalhaven Heads (below) on Shoalhaven Bight where we watched a group of older men racing their model yachts, obviously a very creative and calming hobby and they looked to be thoroughly enjoying their competition!
After a relaxing break we headed back to the Princes Highway heading to Nowra, however we skirted around this bustling city as this is what we want to avoid! Then back to the coast to Jervis Bay and the scenic bayside suburbs of Huskisson and Vincentia. Walking around the Huskisson harbour we came across two memorials, one of which was in memory of the sailors lost when the Voyager and Melbourne collided off Jervis Bay in 1964 (below).
A little further south are the picturesque towns of Vincentia (below left) and Lake Conjola (below right), by mid afternoon it had begun to rain lightly and was quite misty, but the weather soon cleared.
The historic town of Milton was next, and by this time we were in need of caffeine! A number of the cafes had already closed by mid-afternoon however the Salt Flour Water Bakery was open for a welcome coffee before heading further south to our destination for today.
Our final stop for the day was at Mollymook (beach is above), where we had booked for dinner at the renowned Rick Stein’s restaurant at Bannister’s Resort on Bannister Point. It had been highly recommended, and they did not disappoint. The meal was delicious – and well worth the cost!
Bannister’s Lodge, Rick Stein’s restaurant
The waiting area in Bannister’s Lodge
See my Tastes page for our breakfast treats and delicious dinner here
Tomorrow our destination is the very scenic coastal town of Narooma.