NSW South Coast For Few Days - Help?

Nov 24th, 2008, 03:39 AM
  #21  
 
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Should you still be reading, Peterman, and still thinking of going south, I have just returned from a four day wander. I don't know where the travelling times come from. I can tell you it took me five and a half hours to get from Sydney to Booderee National Park. OK, I started in the inner west, and I travelled though the Royal National Park, and down the coast before getting on to the freeway at Thirroul. Stopped a couple of times for 10 mins maybe. Stopped again at Kiama for maybe 45 mins. Loved the drive from Kiama to Nowra. Stopped outside Nowra to buy batteries and get a coffee.

Just bear this in mind. Sure you can travel by the quickest route (how much quicker I wouldn't like to say - suppose it depends on the car), but why would you? The beaches at Jervis Bay are lovely to look at (I didn't swim) but it's the journey and what there is to see on the way that makes it worth doing IMHO.

Can recommend a nice motel in Nowra and superb fish and chips in the same town if you are interested.

For me, apart from the journey and the ever changing landscape, the big moments were climbing up, and/or down from the escarpement - from Nowra up and over to Kangaroo Valley, but even more so, down from Robertson to the coast. Wonderful.

The Boyd Homestead at Bundanon too, and, hey, I saw lyrebirds at Fitzroy Falls.

I'm totally whacked, but it was a great trip!

Cheers.
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Nov 24th, 2008, 10:48 AM
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If you do come back Peter, do not give the Urban area of Nowra a thought re an overnight stop.
The Shoalhaven is a nice river but when a service station owner off the highway told me he stayed open all noght with barely a customer because that beat nightly break-ins, that was enough to confirm the reputation it has these days.

And sure afterall, if you drive from the west do the Royal National park along with the other stops you've mentioned, you will not do Jervis Bay in 2.5 hours plus whatever for traffic depending on time of departure.
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Dec 3rd, 2008, 03:47 AM
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It usually takes me 2 hours to get to Kiama by the fastest route, again from the inner west of Sydney. It'd be even longer to go the way afterall describes, but it's a great trip. I love going through the National Park, there's plenty of thingds to see. The little villages on the coast road between the National park and Wollongong are also worth a look.
I'll be down again just after Christmas.
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