As was expected, the blog updates are getting further apart. Partly because we havent been doing much travel stuff and been busy doing normal life stuff, like work and houses.
I think the last entry we were in Lowdan Forest Park in Tallganda State Forest, East of Canberra. Did a bit of touring about in the bush and tried to find a few alternartive routes in and out of the place. Mostly unseccessful but added a bit of adventure at times:
When we did find a way out it was quite picturesque:
We had planned to head to the coast via Majors Creek and Araluen, sort of parallel to the highway but 20 ks south. Started out OK but then went downhill (first gear for 5 odd ks again) to a sign that said no caravans past here cobber. Had a consult with the publican, scratched our chins, went umm arrr well for a while then decided against it. So drove back up the hill (first gear etc).
Being a bit warm we stopped a the Braidwood pool, then camped on the Shaolhaven river just out of town and had another swim:
Next day down another big hill to Batemans Bay. Rang around all 7 or 8 caravan parks and picked the cheapest one ($44) at Nelligen, just back up the river a bit. The day was really warm and humid but it was a nice park. Did the full grey nomad setup and ran all the leads and hoses we had. Must have ordinary TV reception here as there was even a TV socket in the power post.
Had a bit of a look around Batemans bay but it was a pretty wet day and not much work outside of hospitality so we moved on to Moruya and stopped at the North Heads campground:
Moruya is about 25km south of Batemans Bay. Has a population of 7500 so similar in size to Portland.
First time we'd seen a beach since we left Portland:
As it was close to Beths birthday we went to the Mogo Zoo. Few unusual and interesting animals there, plus the usual impressive things like lions:
And a paddock full of deer. The signs beside the lions and tigers said they feed them venison amongst other meats, so not hard to see the connection here.
and this impressive looking luzzerd:
Tuesday 23rd and Beth was 6. Got a watch which she was pretty happy with:
A few days later she lost her first tooth, so there was a bit of excitement about faires and money.
Did the ring around looking for work and scored a job as a "landscaper" for a couple of days. Spent the first day shovelling stone on a driveway and the second spreading mulch. Slept pretty well after that lot.
In the meantime, the doorknock of the industrial area turned up a job with Utimate offroad campers who make these things:
They started out in the mid 90's as a backyard operation but now emply about 50 odd people. Currently they average 3 campers a week and will be building 150 next year. Not cheap though. Base units start at $37K.
They make everything in their Moruya factory from the chassis, fibreglass, canvas etc and also service and repair customer campers, which is what I am doing. This week we have a camper which a tree went through the side of, so that will be interesting.
They must have been pretty desperate as they offered me at least 3 months work, so the next dilemma was finding soemwhere to live.
Once you can see the sea, caravan parks seem to charge by the sqare meter. This one was $310 a week for a patch of ground with a power point and a tap, and then it goes up to $460 a week from christmas until end of January.
So we spent the last couple of weeks looking for a house to rent, both here and Batemans Bay, and finally got one here which has worked out well.
In the meantime we headed back out to the North Head campground. Not many trees where we were so the car became the clothsline:
The next day it started raining and didn't stop for about 5 days. Luckily we got the house just before the rain stopped:
We have rural views:
Were a bit sparse on furniture but have found a fridge and washing machine, and have a couch on the way:
So this is where we have been so far. About 6000km I think:
Probably won't be a lot more to say between now and the end of February as we won't be doing anything extraordinary.