Mystery Road Trip – Canberra Day Long Weekend

After a week of temperatures in the mid 30’s and a hectic work schedule, it was great to load up the van and head for a long weekend at the coast. Mr P loaded his kayak and fishing gear, hopeful to provide at least a lunch or dinner.

Our destination was Mystery Bay  on the NSW Far South Coast. Fortunately the road workers along the King’s Highway decided to finish early and the stop and go men had packed up by the time we passed Braidwood. After a stop at the wonderful IGA in Moruya we made it to the campground by early afternoon, keen for that long awaited swim. What a shock, the sea temperature had dropped from 24 degrees on Tuesday to a shivering 18 degrees, very refreshing.

The cold ocean temperature and warm land temperature caused a thick sea fog to roll in and by Saturday midmorning it was a real pea souper. The fish weren’t biting as much due to the cold water as the fact that Corunna Lake has silted up again after being opened by National Parks in July. I walked the track around the lake near the highway to pick up a decent tally of birds.

Sunday morning and we decided to take a drive over to Bombala via Mt Darragh, stopping at Candelo village and Six Mile Creek on the way. We stayed the night at the lovely little caravan park on the banks of the Bombala River. It was a full house and we were lucky to snag a great unpowered site with a view the river reserve. The Canberra Caravan Club were in for the weekend pow wow. Vans with cutesey  owners’ name plaques (“Wes and Betty”) great fun for some I suppose, please shoot me if I ever think this is a good idea. Plenty of good birding spots with a highlight of a Collared Sparrow Hawke and Blue Billed Duck.

A quick stop on the way home at the little lake at Nimmitabel for a cuppa and wander around.

Just a little TLC needed
Just a little TLC needed
Six Mile Creek Campground
All in working order.
All in working order.
Candelo skyline


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