EUROBODALLA REGIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS.
This garden is situated in amongst the Australian Bush.
On my arrival at the Visitor Centre, a volunteer garden guide gave me information on walking the gardens, and a map to find my way around.
This garden is not one that I would go out of my way to visit, in fact, I found it a little disappointing, as I was expecting better after reading the brochures.
I had previously visited outstanding gardens, so maybe if I hadn't, my view would have been different.
I do think it is a nice area for picnics and family gatherings, it is well maintained and looked after, and I am sure in years to come it will be better and better.
ENTRY IS FREE
OPEN …… WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY 9 – 4PM
Ulladulla is situated on the Princes Highway about 55kms north of Batemans Bay. Around the area, the cliff tops offer good views of other Cliffs and the Ocean.
The best lookout for Whale spotting is Warden Head. To reach it, follow Deering street to the end.
A local Whale watcher at the lookout said he had seen a lot pass this point in 2009, with a Mother & calf passing about 20mins previous to us arriving. There is a channel, and he said one this year, tried to go through it , but it was too shallow. This means that the Whales are quite close to the cliffs, and would be easy to see.
There are many tracks in the area, some with proper lookouts, on the others, BE CAREFUL, as there is no railing, just the cliff edge. There also is a lot of birdlife in this area.
IF you are after a nice Beach, then Mollymook was a good area.
The resort has a lovely pool area, including a shallow pool for babies and toddlers. Also, in summertime and school holidays, there are lots of organised activities to keep kids amused as well. Unfortunately we were there in school time in November, so activities were not organised then, but we spend many hours just lazing around the lovely pool area.
If you are a nature-lover there are plenty of options here thats for sure. There are many bush-walks clearly marked out for you to take.
Also, the area on the head called "Wasp Head Rock" is an interesting and safe walk with young kids, with rockpools and lots of little things to discover and enjoy.
Improbable as it may seem away from major cities, you will find a top quality zoo just 10km south of Batemans Bay. I know many people have difficulties with the concept of zoos, but this is a world quality operation, with the animals comfortably housed and with an emphasis on preserving and breeding endangered species.
That sounds very worthy but the zoo is privately run, so fee paying visitors are necessary. Besides, having people around gives the animals something to watch. Just to make sure the people and animals are all active at the same times, the zoo features feeding times with talks by keepers in the mornings and afternoons (usually at 1030 and 1330). The animals include a pride of rare white lions (breeding, and no – they’re not albinos), snow leopards, various monkeys, giraffes, deer, and the marketers’ favourite “many more”.
We took our young grandson along and when the keepers asked for volunteers to help feed the giraffes, he put up his hand. Going by their affectionate reaction, it seemed the giraffes took a liking to him!
Photo 1 Keeper and the white lions
Photo 2 Exercise time on the monkey island
Photo 3 Impressive antlers on a Fallow Deer
Photo 4 The keeper shows how to feed giraffes
Photo 5 Grandson with new friends.
As we walked around Old Mogo Town, we noticed some interesting signs, and wondered how people would re-act today.
At the Inn, take a look at the beds in the photos, then the sign of what... and what not .....you were allowed to do!
Fetch a smile or two?
Then, how would you like a Hair cut Or Teeth Pulled by the Surgeon, who just happens to be the Undertaker?
Well, I guess it cuts out the "Middle man!"
And the Toilet, "Dunny" "Loo" "Thunderbox".........carrying the lantern way down the backyard, and at night time, plenty of spiders out and about in the "Dunny"
Makes me want to sing the song!..............
"There was a Redback on the Toilet seat, when I got home last night,
I didn't see him in the dark, but boy I felt his bite!"..........
A Redback, is a nice Black spider, with the female having a bright red stripe down the middle of her back.
If you want to read all the verses of the humourous aussie song, its on my Australian page.
DO YOU WANT TO GO BACK TO THE GOOD OLD DAYS?
This village gives you a taste of what life would have been like living in a goldfield's village, back in the early days of Australian history.
OPEN DAILY.......10 - 4pm
This village is like walking through an Australian gold rush village in the 1850’s.
There are all sorts here, Settler’s huts, Miner's tents, a Church, Gaol, Post Office, Wash house, Police station, Blacksmith, Waterwheel, and more.
You can walk completely through the Mine tunnel. It was quite a warm day when we were there, nice and cool in the tunnel, and the afternoon thunderstorm was completely blocked out, you would have thought it wasn’t happening when in the tunnel.
The Antique Machinery shed had some interesting farm implements. The village was quite good and interesting, I think on weekends, people are dressed like in the old days, and you can have photos taken dressed of old, and see the Blacksmith, Woodturner, etc working.
They do FREE TOURS throughout the day. This is when you would get to see “Betsy the Steam Engine” working.
ADMISSION in 2009 $15 Adult
Corrigan's Beach is quite a long Beach located from the rocky Observation Point to where the rock wall begins.
There is a large, lawned reserve, with Toilets, BBQ"s, Picnic tables, and then the beach. I did find this Beach had quite a bit of seaweed washed up.
Early morning, and people were walking their Dogs, fishing, and just generally enjoying a walk on the beach.
Located in the park that runs alongside the Beach, was a local market we went to. A selection of all types of articles was for sale here. It is held on a Saturday morning.
The Beach was very quiet in October, but in School Holidays and Summer, expect it to be busy.
Observation Point is located in Batehaven, an area which is partly built on Observation Head.
Observation Head rises above the river mouth and overlooks the Clyde River, Snapper and Tollgate Islands, the Pacific and parts of Batemans Bay. A nice area, with picnic tables and Toilets, it is a good starting point for walks along Corrigans and Caseys Beaches.
I walked around the bottom also as our Caravan Park was close by. The Rocks have some lovely colours in them, just make sure you walk it when the tide is out, because you don't want to get hemmed in by a high tide, with no way of getting out!
NO! I didn't get caught by the tide!
When entering Bateman's Bay there is no way that you can miss the massive Clyde River Bridge.
This bridge replaced the only remaining remaining vehicular ferry on the Prince's Highway between Sydney and the Victorian border and was opened in November, 1956.
It is an "opening Bridge" which means it opens up to let ships/boats through. In the years since the construction of the bridge, land to the north of the Clyde has increased in popularity and Batemans Bay has increasing dramatically in size.
The Bridge was much needed, as the Ferry, in 1956, did an amazing 50,149 trips and carried a total of 233,073 vehicles.
Imagine how many trips the Ferry would have done these days, with all those extra cars and trucks using the Princes Highway!
The Clyde River bridge carries thousands of vehicles a day. Roadway clearance on the bridge is 5.1 metres. Clearance for shipping is 20 metres above high water level.
The span is lifted on demand, an average of 1000 times annually.
If you are in a Boat and need the Bridge raised, then you have to make contact with Mike at Batemans Bay Power and Sail and MUST ALLOW A MINIMUM OF 1 HOURS NOTICE.
If you have a chance, walk over the bridge and take in the views over Budd Island in one direction, and the Islands where the River eventually meets the Pacific Ocean the other way.
When you are about to cross the Bridge, take note of the signs "Prepare to Stop" as there are Traffic Lights on the bridge so that it can open when Water Traffic wish to pass underneath.
Eurobodalla Regional Botanic gardens is set in amongst the Australian bush.
There are six walking tracks, and some take you through the natural bush, this is the area to see the Birdlife. I saw quite a few Birds, different to my home state, but as I didn't have a lot of time to sit and wait, not many photos.
However, I did manage to get a photo of the New Holland Honeyeater, a Honey eater I used to have in my own garden once.
As you walk across the bridge into the Park, you will find the Honeyeaters there.
The King’s Highway connects Bungendore to Bateman’s Bay.
This is a scenic drive, passing through rural countryside where sheep & Angus cattle seem to dominate.
Large boulders, Willow trees, and creeks add to the beauty, while further on Aussie bush, in Spring it was pretty with stretches of Lavendar flowered shrubs.
Maybe halfway through the journey, you climb the Great Dividing Range, through lots of Forest. Looking through the gums, the Mountains were a pretty blue in the distance.
The forest was full of Cycads, have never seen so many in one area, very nice.
Add to this, the scenic historic town of Braidwood, and this is a nice journey to take.
WARNING….. When we travelled this route, it was quite heavy with traffic, it is good quality road, but stretches are very steep, so take care when driving, especially if towing anything.
There are pull - offs, so if you are travelling slow and holding up traffic, do the right thing, and pull off and let the faster vehicles pass. By the time we reached a pull-off with our Caravan, about 20 cars had accumulated behind us.
One of the first things you notice, when you come into Batemans Bay, is the wonderful smell of the sea. It's something I look forward to when I travel back from Sydney, where I grew up or Canberra, where I lived....on and off...for 18 years. Coming along the Princes Highway, then across the bridge, heading south, you notice the colour of the water in the Bay, complimented by the blue of the sky, looking out to sea.
There are many good spots to cast a fishing line and a few really good places to sit...inside or outside...and eat wonderful seafood meals. My favourite is Blackfish, which has a stronger flavour and which eats seaweed.
The shopping centre has grown considerably, in the last few years, with the addition of the Stockland Mall, which has another two supermarkets and KMart. There are also two Woolworths supermarkets. There is plenty of seating for a rest and places to have a coffee and cake, etc.
Pelicans can be found on all continents except for Antarctica. Additionally, they are an old family of birds. Pelican fossils have been found that have been dated almost 40 millions years old! The Australian Pelican is said to own the longest beak of any bird in the world.Australian Pelicans are sometimes called Australasian or Spectacled Pelicans. They are white in color with black wingtips.
Laughing Kookaburra is said to be the Queen of Australian birds. It is hard to see Kookaburra but sometimes mirracles happen.:) I had an opportunity to see it from very close. I tried to feed Kookaburra with bread but it was too proud to take even one piece.
The 'laugh' of the Kookaburra is one of the most enduring sounds of the Australian bush. In the Gardens Kookaburras are usually seen perched high in trees or on tall poles, watching for prey. Kookaburras feed on insects and worms, swooping down on small water animals such as frogs, reptiles and other small vertebrate animals. Before European settlement Kookaburras were found only in mainland eastern Australia, but they have now been introduced to Tasmania and Western Australia. Unfortunatelly, I was not lucky to hear the laugh of Kookaburra...