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Sunday, 17 May 2009

the princes highway, nsw

Some towns of the South Coast of NSW.
The seaside town of Eden in the shire of bega valley in the sapphire coast region, is the southernmost town of NSW. The killer whale museum is probably the best known attraction of Eden but there’s some goings-on in town during this easter time. There’s a truck show and a seafood festival happening on the weekend.
I’ve visited here and the nearby towns of Merimbula and Pambula many years ago. These coastal towns are popular holiday destinations. There’s various activities on offer here including boating sailing canoeing, kayaking, fishing charters adventures (reef, game, deep sea & kingfishing), trail horse riding, golf, national parks walks talks & tours, scenic flights, wineries etc.
Last time we came here we went on a boat cruise on the Pambula river.
This time though we’re just driving through. However we stayed overnight in Eden. And I realised I went to Eden - twice now! I could probably live here for part of the year. Yet i would also settle for that other paradise on earth called Hotville.
The following morning, we travelled north along the Princes Highway, going past Pambula and Wolumla before stopping at Bega for a bit of brekkie. The Bega Valley is home to dairy industry.
After Bega we continue on our northbound odyssey, the highway winds on to Cobargo then Tilba and we roll along past homesteads farms and green pasture fields on the little villages along the way.
There’s numerous nature reserves, national parks and state forests, wilderness areas, sanctuary zones and also the various signs to historic sites, camping areas, 4wd tracks/fire trails, walking tracks, visitor centres, wineries, museums, picnic spots, caravan parks, horseback riding, bushwalking, lookout points, lighthouses, and the perennial motel/hotel signs. It would take weeks to do and see everything. And that got me thinking, we could do the same for the old hometown. If i was to list down the features of Hotville, it would not fall short of what i just listed. Maybe less the coastal attractions such as fishing and sailing. but that could be offset by hiking, woodchopping, cane milling, rice harvesting and etc.
So in the same way that i recommend the Bega valley as a destination, i also highly recommend the higher and bigger valley of the mountain province-abra-kalinga tripartite boundary on a must-see-before-i-die list. Never mind the hanging gardens of Babylon, the cloud kissed gardens of camingmingel and binandilaan are much more enchanting enamoring enticing, and they do exist.
I haven’t got much more to add to this post.
However there’s a thousand more words in these videos below.
part 1 contains audio of songs by arlo guthrie, john prine, nelson and dylan, and eric andersen. this video continues in "princes highway, nsw part 2".
princes highway, nsw. northwards as you go from eden to near nowra.
In the shire of the bega valley of the sapphire coast region, we pass the towns of pambula, bega, quaama, cobargo.
part 1: (audio removed by youtube) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYOizW-fmOw
watch part 1 here instead:
video
part 2 contains audio of songs by lyle lovett, townes van zandt, kris kristofferson and kieran kane.
princes highway, nsw. northwards as you go from cobargo.
In the eurobodalla shire we drive past tilba, corunna lake, narooma, kianga, moruya, batemans bay etc.

click link for part 2: princes highway nsw part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc0PZ4ju3H8&feature=channel