We decided to go to Bundeena National Park for our first stop as it was a short distance from our base in Leichhardt Sydney, just in case we needed to head back to base for a re-think. After saying our goodbyes to friends and family we towed the van through the Inner West then out through Newtown and along the Princess Highway. It was brilliant to be off. The first caravan challenge came at the entrance to the park – it was very tight, but after a couple of slow adjustments we got through unscratched. The site was incredible – unpowered but and right on the shore with a view across the water. Reversing in to place was straight forwards, just followed the steps we learnt on the Tow-Ed course and we were in – bit of a relief as we had an audience of three other families watching closely. We cooked on the electric bbqs, walked through the mangrove flats, and flew kites and took a couple of days to just relax and catch up on some sleep.
On day three we went to Watamolla Falls, and everything we had been working towards begun to make sense. The carpark was pretty busy, but we got lucky and then had a brief stroll through the scrub and down onto the beach. After a simple picnic under the shady trees on the edge of the water, Charlie and Jack flipped off of my shoulders into a clear salt water lagoon. I swam up to and under the waterfall and took a bunch of photos of the beach and the rocks. Had a good chat with a Yorkshire man about finishing, something I am going to have to learn to do on the road. A completely stunning location.
Getting moving on our road trip has been much harder work that we expected – packing up the house, closing the studio, and so much admin it has made our heads spin. This week our roughly laid plans came together in a way that made all of that hard work worth it – we were lucky to visit Booderee National Park near Jervis Bay NSW. We were welcomed to the land by a family member of the people of Wreck Bay (the traditional owners) who shared his knowledge about collecting bush foods and medicines, and we learnt stories about seasonal and climatic change. Our boys soaked up this experience – our caravan schooling this week has focussed on embedding the learning. A remarkable experience, and a perfect start the beginning of our road trip.