Only 300km from Canberra is this magnificant area called Sapphire Coast. It is a huge area of pristine beaches, national parks, nature reserves and state forests. By the way, 300km on an Aussie scale is still called local!
First we spend a few days at the coast in the beatiful town of Eden, a historic whaling station. And it was whale season!
In spring, humpback whales travel down the east coast of Australia from the tropical waters to Antarctica to feed. With having their young calves with them they travel slowly and take the opportunity to play about in almost every bay. You can easily see them from the shore (thank goodness - taking Nicki on a boat is not a good idea...)!
Flukes up, splashing water, nose up and even breaching - of course to get that on camera is difficult, all we got was the big splash afterwards.
This is not the tail of a Humpback. We have no idea what whale it is.
Near Eden, in Ben Boyd National Park (10,486ha) is the magnificent "Light to Light Walk". It is a three-days costal walk. Unfortunately we just had time for one day but it was so beautiful that we'll come back and do the whole tour one day. Why not? It is still a local walk!
Just sitting at the beach and watching a few more whales.
We have been accompanied by a Lace Monitor lizard and sea eagles
Echidnas have also been out and about.
Rainbow Lorikeet in bottle brush tree
After a few days in Eden we headed off to some country cabins on a working farm called "Fulligans". What a challenge that was!
We had a hard time finding the way on "minor roads" , no map and no sign posts anywhere between Yambulla State Forest (70.000ha) and South East Forest National Park (115.534ha). We should have read the book "Never truly lost"!
Our poor, English Skoda car even had to cross a river!
The view from our accomodation was magnificent!
What wasn't so magnificent was our accomodation. It was one of the worst and run-down places we have ever been. Let's put it this way: anything could crawl anytime anywhere over you! The last evening we even had a frog and snails in the kitchen...
On the way home we hiked Pheasant's Peak in South East Forest National Park. Another beautiful place. It seemed like we had the whole park to ourselves.
We love Australia!