29.04.2012 - 30.04.2012 17 °C
Having lived the high life, comparatively speaking, while in Tassie, we're now back on the mainland, in our tent and having home cooked meals.
We're in Eden at present. It's just after 7pm, 18' outside with an expected overnight minimum between 9 and 11' depending on which weather app / site we use. Last night we stayed in Greenwell Point, a little place right on the water a few kms away from Nowra. The town had a population of just 1,276, ie. about half as many people as our uni made enrolment offers to in Semester 1.
Karen drove today because, when I woke this morning, I had a crook neck and back and couldn't turn my head to the right. I think I kinked something when putting our biggest bag in the luggage hold under an airport shuttle bus in Hobart yesterday morning. It's not a big deal but is awkward when I need to look over my shoulder while driving. Karen's driven well but doesn't think much of NSW roads - her quote of the day, "NSW does speed zones like they play rugby league - poorly!"
I must say it's great being back in our own car. The Hyundai i45 (blasted weather meant we didn't end up with a bike) which we hired in Tasmania was roomy, economical and well optioned but had grabby brakes and under-damped suspension so there was lots of body roll and wallowing on Tasmania's curvy and often bumpy roads. I'll hire the Subaru next time.
As Karen drove down the NSW coast we noticed distinct differences from Tassie. The landscape is more open and less rugged, even on the coast. The forests are more lightly treed and we've seen very few autumnal colours. As you can see in the photo below, even the animals that we saw today are udderly different to those we saw in Tasmania...except for an echidna which we saw meandering along the roadside.
We had lunch in Bateman's Bay and then continued down the coast-line to Narooma which Karen fell in love with. Even the golf course is beautiful...though that water trap is a doozy!
We saw the Bodella Cheese factory today, which reminds me that we saw where Blundstone boots are made in Hobart too.