7 April 18 Mallacoota to Lake Tyers
I woke at 5.30am and paddled an amazing sunrise on Mallacoota waterways. I reluctantly packed up camp and left for 11.00am, heading to Lake Tyer just east of Lakes Entrance. In retrospect I should have stayed a few more days in Mallacoota to explore this amazing waterway. I made the decision to detour off the highway to Marlo via East Cape Beach and Cape Cannon where we went for a coastal boardwalk around the headland. From here I set off west along the coastal route to Marlo where I passed over the Snowy River. A quick fuel stop in Orbost and then onto Lake Tyers, Lakes Entrance where we had pre booked a site at Camp Tyler on the headland. This park is run by the United Church and has very basic facilities with new amenities. We were lucky by getting the only campsite on the headland overlooking a vast expanse of sand, ocean and surrounding lakes. I took an afternoon walk down to the pristine white beach and inlet which is very pretty and a perfect spot to watch the sunset. After checking out the local tavern I decided to cook in. Unfortunately, Louis wasn’t such a happy camper today as he tried to make friends at the camp playground and was not received so well. Some children just don’t get what ‘kind’ is.
6 April 2018: Eden to Mallacoota
A short 1-hour drive south from Eden to picture perfect Mallacoota but not without a detour to Gypsy Point. This was a must as my Croatian father always references us as his gypsies. Gypsy point is a quiet fishing location with a resort and boat ramp. After setting up camp at the Foreshore Holiday Park I went looking for a place to kayak. I went to Belka Beach but the water was too shallow. Instead I headed out to Croajingolong National Park for an afternoon paddle through what is called The Narrows, a body of water which links the top lake to the bottom lake. The paddle was choppy and with only a few inlets to seek smooth water so we turned back against a strong head wind. The wind dropped in the afternoon and the lake became like a mirror pond. We prepared the curry and went for a walk along the foreshore where loads of people sat just chilling around a fire pit with family and friends. One of the pluses of Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park is that you can have a fire, pets and access to a boat mooring. The foreshore caravan park is a huge park with loads of options for camping.
5 April -2018
I photographed an early morning sunrise and then headed off on our day trip through the Boyd Town National Park. We drove to Twofold Bay in the hope that we could kayak but was refused entry by the resort owner. Apparently, this area is private property. Instead we headed off to Green Cape Lighthouse, stopping off at Disaster Bay lookout. From the lighthouse we headed back to the highway to re fuel. Tip: Check your fuel before you depart. A highlight of the day was a drive to Davidson Whaling Station which is a beautiful secluded bay with crystal clear waters, mussels and beach strewn with cockle shells. It is also the historical site where Old Tom was found in the 1930s. We had a great swim and headed back to camp for dinner.
I woke at 6am to golden ray beams on the horizon. On return to camp Louis was waiting for me, so we went for a photography sunrise session together. My paddle today was across to Quarantine Bay and then over to the other side of the bay where the Young Endeavour was moored. I managed to time it perfectly as all the participants where climbing the masts in preparation for their next voyage. Taking photos was somewhat challenging as the wind had picked up and was throwing me from side to side and nearly tipping me. I decided to take a drive into Eden for food and walked up the beach headland where we had a picnic on the northern end of the beach. We visited the Whale Museum and learnt of Old Tom, the killer whale who would herd in the whales for the local whale hunters to kill them. This a fabulous museum steeped in history and has a full-size skeleton of Old Tom. His teeth are worn off on one side as he used to pull on the ropes of the boats.
3 April 2018 – Day 1
Left Canberra at 11am, travelled to Eden Via Cooma. Travelling through the Snowy Hwy through the most amazing brown landscape.
3 April 2018: Today will be the beginning of my Canberra to Cape York (Via the Great Ocean Road). I’m taking off on a four-month adventure that will encompass the east coast experiencing our beautiful beaches, headlands, estuaries, rainforests, coastal inlets, mountains, Islands and so much more!
I have no idea of where I’m going in between, nothing is planned, but it’s going to be brilliant.
Come along for the ride 😊 I’m so excited