Let’s just start by saying that I am WAY behind on these blogging shenanigans; but, I shall continue slowly but surely. Like I said when I first began this blog – it’s a way for me to let all my friends and family back home know what I’ve been up to (miss you all!). So let the story of the East Coast journey continue . . .
After an incredible couple days in paradise (AKA Jervis Bay), it was time to continue our trip up the East coast. We didn’t want to move on; however, we woke up on Friday October 20th to grey skies and rain, so it made it a little more bearable.
We had no idea where the day was going to take us, the weather made most outside activities seem unappealing and we didn’t have any specific destinations in mind. We were within driving distance of Sydney; but, neither of us really wanted to see the big city – nor deal with its’ insane traffic.
Our first stop of the day was to a little town called Kiama. I had heard that it had blowholes, so we figured that was a good lil’ thing to check out. When you google them, you’ll see that there is the big blow hole and the little blow hole. We chose to check out the little guy first. It was basically in a residential area, there was only a small parking lot. We parked on the side of the street as to not have to navigate Jean-Claude in there. As we were grabbing cameras we heard a massive WHOOOOSH!
The waves hit the rocks and was being pushed up through a little hole. The water shot up decently high – we were both very impressed and watched for over 20 minutes! We were joined by a small handful of people coming and going as we watched, but it was like we had the place almost to ourselves!
Afterwards, we headed to the Big Blow Hole. Let’s just say, bigger is not always better. The Big Blow Hole is quite a bit more commercialized; there’s a large car park, an information centre, a café and way too many people to make it an intimate experience with nature!
There was a paved path all around the rock which created the blow hole, and the water didn’t shoot near as high (or as often) as the little one. I think the amount of tourists, as well as the weather which had slowly began to get worse with more rain, turned us off from the Big Blow Hole. Our recommendation? Make sure if you’re going to visit one of the blow holes that it’s the small one! We made lunch in the van and ate in the front seats before saying goodbye to Kiama and continuing on north.
Our next stop was Wollongong; since it was raining, we were both keen to spend an afternoon in a café. I wanted to blog a bit, and Kels wanted to study. We found a place called Boston’s Espresso, grabbed a table, some coffees and plugged into our laptops for a few hours.
We planned to by-pass Sydney entirely this trip; we had seen all the major tourist sights 2 ½ years ago and didn’t feel like fighting traffic this time around. We left the café earlier in the afternoon to try and avoid Friday afternoon rush hour traffic (we still ended up caught in it partially). We took the route that took us over the Seacliff Bridge (since we missed the turn off for it last trip and I was disappointed). It was pouring rain as we crossed the bridge, so we didn’t see all too much; but, still a cool experience!
We spent the night at the Mooney Mooney rest stop; it was perfectly located just on the north side of Sydney. There was toilets there and heaps of other vans staying the night. We had our dinner (which, like always, was rice, chicken and veggies) and then crashed. We planned to be up the next morning and headed to Newcastle!
Hopefully I can continue the blogging soon again, until next time!