North and south of Nowra

Community Highlights Oceania North and south of Nowra

Tuesday was moving day, heading north from Huskisson on the southern shores of Booderee (Jervis Bay) to explore the northern shores, basing ourselves at Nowra (an Aboriginal word meaning either 'camping place' or 'black cockatoo').
And a stay in Nowra comes with constant noise of naval helicopter activity, as the HMAS Albatross base is located about 6km from town. It was established in 1948 and is the Australian Navy’s only air station. I'm sure you would get used to it, and it would become white noise.

Here's our backyard for the week, with the park on the southern shores of the Shoalhaven River.

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After setting up home for the rest of the week, we wandered into Nowra CBD for a look-see. Found the post office and the 24/7 lockers, as we were expecting a delivery to arrive this week.

Wednesday we spent the day on the bike, heading north of Nowra, first through the historic village of Berry just off the A1. Boongaree is the original name given to the area of Berry by the Wodi Wodi people of the Dharawal nation. The main street of Berry has lots of historic shops, now filled with trendy boutiques (clothes and homewares), artists/crafts as well as busy cafes and fresh food shops. A very different vibe to Nowra.

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We reached the coast at Gerringong (meaning 'fearful place' or 'place of peril'), starting our coastal exploration at the northern end of Werri Beach, at Werri Lagoon. At times of heavy rain or large seas, this area sometimes opens to the sea and becomes inaccessible.

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The southern end of Werri Beach has two sea pools/baths - one small round paddling pool and a larger rectangular swimming/lap pool. No-one was in the cool water when we were there, but I'm sure there are keen swimmers that hop in each morning. Early afternoon and it was beer sampling time, so we headed in for a quiet couple to Stoic Brewing - you can read our review via this link.

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From Gerringong, we followed the coast back south via Gerroa .... this view overlooking Seven Mile Bach is from the Sir Charles Kingsford Smith Lookout. Seven Mile Beach was selected for the take-off area for his historic and record-breaking flight across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand.

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.... and Shoalhaven Heads to find more pelicans ....

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.... to Nowra and home.

Thursday we headed south of Nowra this time, to the Beecroft Peninsula, starting on the northern side of the Peninsula working our way clockwise. So, a little wharf at Greenwell Point was our first stop of the day and we found more pelicans (who clearly can't read the signs), plus hundreds of little colourful crabs that spiralled as they dug their way into the wet sand. Fascinating.

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Then onto Crookhaven Heads to the lighthouse. When the former lighthouse at Cape St George was decommissioned in 1899 and 'blown up', its lantern was incorporated into the structure of this lighthouse. We were at Cape St George a couple of days ago, so we were looking forward to seeing it here. However, when we walked up to the point, it was quite a sad sight - in disrepair and missing its light and housing. There appears to have been interest from locals to support its preservation, but I'm sure there is tough competition for funds.

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There are a couple of little lookouts from the heads, and what a view; no wonder they needed a lighthouse!

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Also on the headland are eight carved totems by Nowra Indigenous artist Noel Wellington. The totems are carved from blackbutt, woolybutt and ironbark logs with images of water ripples, abalone, oysters and pipis, lobsters, fish and octopus.

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We had wanted to see the Point Perpendicular Lighthouse, perched on the top of its 100m+ high cliffs. It is located at the southern end of the Peninsula in the Jervis Bay Military Reserve. The area has been used for Defence training activities since the 1800s. Access to the lighthouse and surrounding area is restricted 110 days per year for gunnery practice in the Bundarwa, Beecroft Weapons Range. Unfortunately, today was one of those days, so we didn't get to see the lighthouse up close. Instead, we headed into the little town of Currarong and west along the coast to the nearby Callala Beach. Very pretty. And the sand was so different to other beaches we'd been to over the last few weeks - white as white but not soft and grainy, it is quite sticky, stiff sand (apologies, it is hard to describe).

Today we drove through forests with tea tree and coastal banksias growing as tall as the eucalypts. Very pretty. But the roads were appalling. Potholes galore! While it is picturesque, the shadows across the roads make it really hard to see where the holes are on the road - not great for motorbike riding.

And in true north/south fashion reflecting the last couple of days' sightseeing, on our way home we visited two breweries, one in North Nowra, South Yeast Brewing Co and the other in South Nowra, Husky Brewing. Both were small, family owned and operated, and they both served pretty tasty beers.

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Tomorrow we're expecting showers with a huge band of rain moving east across the country, so we might get a day of rest.

This featured blog entry was written by DJBnomadz from the blog Home on the road.
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By DJBnomadz

Posted Thu, May 30, 2024 | Australia | Comments