On our final day in Australia (except the day I packed before we travelled home) we drove to Jervis bay. Our original plan was to go to some waterfalls around the escarpment area of Illawarra, but we dropped that to go to Jervis Bay instead. The reason for the change in plan was to increase our chances of seeing wild kangaroos and/or wallabies which Carolyn and Mum had yet to have seen during their time travelling in Australia. I was more than please as well, as I had been trying to organise a day down there for months with my friends, but plans had always fallen through. I had been to Jervis bay last year with my familiy, but it was not at all as nice as it should have been as it rained for most of our time there. It was an early start, which my head and body was not fully appreciating, as I had gone out with Hannicke the night before to the Grand and my body was craving rest. I the lingering hangover soon past though with water and a little nap in the car on the 2 hour drive down there.
Hannicke and I getting ready. Hannicke, me and Ami in the Grand! Such a great night, and a great way to say goodbye!
We started the day with a coffee, fruit and banana bread at a café in Huskisson town. It was a sweet café with a warm atmosphere and vases with flower bunches of bottle brushes, wattles and banksias. After coffee we headed to Hyams beach, after detouring to the tourist information centre a little walk from the town. Hyams beach was spectacular with it’s whiter than white sands and bluer than blue waters. The waters were stunning, glistening bright in a patchwork of crystal blue colours. The sand was so pure and white it made a different sound when we walked on it to that of other beaches.The beach stretched for miles along the bay, with no more than one or two families and dog walkers seen along the entire stretch.
After a little walk along Hyams beach we headed into Booderee national park, in high hopes for our first marsupial spotting! And the park did not disappoint. We headed down to Green Patch with plans on having our picnic there, and as we drove into the car park I excitedly spotted a little wallaby loitering around the outskirts. We laughed a little, as it was exactly the same spot Mum and I had seen a wallaby for the first time too, and we were even wondering if it was the same one! The wallaby hopped across into a little patch of vegetation for shelter and we approached her to have a look at her grazing. To our delight the young wallaby was carrying a little joey in her pouch too, who occasionally popped it’s head out to have a peak. Eventually the mother realised we were harmless and emerged from the shelter of the bushes and hopped around in the car park in full view of us. As for lunch we headed onward in the park as our plan for lunch on Green Patch beach was turned down when we found that a whale was decomposing on the beach!
Aaaaand lucky for us that we did! We decided to have lunch at a place called Murray beach, and it turned out to be the most beautiful part of the entire day. Murray’s beach was special. It was completely empty, and from where we sat you could have believed we were the only three people in the world. The little beach was a paradise like I couldn’t even have imagined. As we ate lunch we looked out onto the crystal blue waters and white sand whilst listening to the gentle rustling of leaves on the swaying eucalyptus trees in the wind. Above us two majestic Australian sea eagles soared in the sky. The feel of the place was overwhelmingly powerful, so dramatic and serene at the same time. I had a moment as I paddled in the waters of reflection, thinking about the vastness of nature and her capacity for beauty and diversity. I really hope that place stays special the way I felt it for ever. After lunch we walked along Murray beach to the cave like entrances in the rock sides by the water’s edge. In the sand we scanned for wallaby footprints and admired the smooth driftwood getting burried in the sand. We then headed onwards in the park to governor head, the entrance to the bay, where we could look out onto the open ocean. On the way back we popped down to Murray beach again for a final goodbye and watched the sun set on the sand, turning the white sand into gold.
We had consciously lingered around Booderee National park until sunset and dusk in hope of seeing more kangaroos, and of course our wishes were answered when we spotted a pair of kangaroos on the side of the road as we were driving. These two little cuties were incredibly nonchalant about or presence, and as a result we got incredibly close to them. We were mere steps away from the pair, which meant we could watch them up close as the peacefully grazed the ground around us. One even approached me curiously and let me stratch his/her (?) ear. What a perfect ending to the perfect day it was. In fact it felt symbolic as the perfect ending to my entire stay in Australia.