15 Jan 2016

Heading Down Under - Aussie Land by valeriepeltier

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All packed and ready to head off to our next location we checked out of the chiliblue backpackers and made our way to the train.
We were lucky that the rain had decided to break after raining steady all morning in order for us to travel between our stops.

Proudly we made our way with no turn arounds on the subway from downtown Sydney to Cronella, not bad for two small town girls..

When we reached the ferry we stopped off at the bench to quickly make our sandwiches before hopping on the next ferry ride to Bundeena. When we realized that most people ever just going ahead and getting on the ferry we figured we should probably do the same. Quickly we gathered our things and chose a seat inside the cabin as the wind was still quite cool, and we didn't want our gear getting splashed.

With only a short ride of 20 min we were there in no time. Eager to reach the campsite we put our packs on and began walking to Bonnie Vale Campground to set up.

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All set up, we set out to explore the campground...
As we were setting up the birds were busy signing in the trees, most of which were the noisy miners, until we heard something different, we both popped our heads out of the tent and I spotted a couple laughing kookaburras perched up in the branches of the gum tree at the back of our site. We approached slowly and were able to get quite close to take photos.

When we returned to our tent to get our things together to go for a walk, and out of no where there were suddenly two feet perched on the top of our tent. Together both confused and shocked, I poked my head out again as the kookaburra took flight off the roof of our tent.

Being just a small loop of sites we started with exploring the beach and came across tons of shells of all shapes, sizes and colours. We also found about a dozen or so clear blobs, of which we assumed were jelly fish, but found them to be quite weird having no tentacles.

As we rounded the end of the beach and went to turn around, our sunshine hid behind the clouds and it began to rain again. We raced back to the tent but ended up still pretty wet from the rain, and proceeded to wait out the rain by journaling and drawing.

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When the rain eased up we braved it again, this time by wandering in the opposite direction. We made it around the corner where a little girl was busy feeding a group of sulphur-crested cockatoos. As we made our way closer to take a photo the girl offered up some of her stale bread for us to have a chance at feeding them. Before doing so she made sure to tell us to rip large enough pieces and hold it at the opposite end so the birds won't bite our fingers. Surely the words of her mothers caution.
Not only 10 minutes later the rain began again, so we took cover again and waited for it too pass.

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The sun once again peaked out from the clouds and we took this chance to break out our new cook set and prepare dinner. The trangia system was wonderful to work with, simple set up and clean up and so far I am quite proud of it.

After dinner we decided to check out the trail that our fellow campers had suggested. About half way down the trail we ventured down a side path to hopefully capture a photo of one of the many crabs that were scrambling every which way along the moist sand. I managed to snap a photo of one little guy as he hid partially in his hole, where all the others disappeared underground.

The trail was only a few hundred meters in length, so it didn't take us long at all to reach the bridge that they were telling us about. Regardless it was a really pretty trail and it only made me more excited for what the next few days have in-store for us on the coast trek!

The sunset on our way back down the trail was stunning as it cast rays of light across the clouds and through the trees, but after a long day of exploring I was beginning to get tired so we retired for the night.