|Batemans Bay and Surf Beach|
South Australia Coast - we drove there
|Royal Mail Hotel - Braidwood|
On the Kings Highway to the coast
We are enjoying settling into our home in Australia. Canberra is land locked - so it was a long drive to the coast - mainly descending 2000 feet down from the Highlands. It took 2 hours to cover 90 miles. It was about 10 degrees warmer at sea level than up in the Highlands.
Bateman Bay is a pretty seaside community that swells in the summer. Right now in winter it is a quiet shell waiting for the surfers and beach visitors. The water was 65 - but a few hearty people took the plunge. Nancy enjoyed their famed oysters - the restaurant only offered seafood. I settled for "chips." On the way home - we would hit sun and rain - off and on. The road was a perfect place to practice my driving on the left because traffic was light. The zig zags down the mountain were not that good.
About halfway back to Canberra - we stopped in the pioneer town of Braidwood. We walked the town enjoying all the old wooden buildings. It was 3 pm Saturday but many of the stores were already closed. We did hit a great bakery - and I had another custard pie. Not Wenzel's quality - but a nice reminder.
On the road we saw plenty of kangaroos - mostly dead. They do make gruesome road kill. Also we discovered something called a wombat. It is a giant version of a ground hog - as big as a medium size dog. When they get hit by cars - they usually end up on their back with all 4 paws straight up. One place - at dusk - Lulu claimed to see 200 kangaroos on a hill. We did backtrack a little - and came up on a few close-up. We startled them but they posed for a few pictures.
Sunday morning - we went to an open house at a German Social Club. After World War II - Australia recruited highly educated workers from Germany. This social club is a result of that emigration. The Club had several restaurants and beer gardens. They even had Hofsbrau Beer on tap. Lulu had a morning beer - the last thing I need to do is drive with a beer in me. The line at the sausage vendor extended around the building.
We are watching wall to wall coverage of the Queen's death - and the new King Charles III. They made a big fuss of Charles and Diana when they visited here. Some say Diana kept Australia in the hold for a bit longer.
|Water Temp is 65 in Bateman Bay|
|These beaches are crowded in summer.|
|The Highlands come down to the sea.|
|The Court House in Braidwood.|
|The Post Office in Braidwood.|
|The Model A Ford rally is|
coming this Thursday.
|National Theatre in Braidwood|
|I remember Bertie the Bunyip as a child|
|World War I Memorial|
|This is not my picture - |
we were there last week.
|This VW truck at the German Social Club|
|A long line for German Sausages|
|We enjoyed a festival at the Harmonie|