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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Deserted Australian beaches

Yes, we are having to put up with some cooler weather here in the south of Australia. But the benefit is that there is hardly anybody around. People in Canada and the U.S. head south in the winter. But here in Australia, they head north when things get cold!

So we don't find too many other people out exploring like we do.

We left our perfectly quiet overnight spot just outside Orbost Airport at around 8:00am and drove over to the Salmon Rocks Road where there is a parking area and trails to Sailor's Grave Beach. We had our breakfast there in the sunshine, and then went to do some coastal walking...

Yes, the sun was out... but there was a cool wind blowing.


Beautiful deserted beach.

Scenery along the way.

These rocks were really weird.
Sharp, and sticking up!

Looking back at where we came from.

Can you see Ruth?
If you click any photo, you can view it full screen.

An eastern yellow robin.

Enjoying the view.

This beach actually had some people on it!

We made our way back to the RV, having done about 6 kms (3.7 miles). But our exlploring wasn't done yet. We wanted to take some of the bush tracks instead of heading back to the main highway.

Next stop was the Yeerung River. There were a few walking paths leading down to the ocean, one of which was marked "Historic Wheel". Sure enough, as we made our way down the path we came across the actual wheel.

Ruth, doing her best Vanna White impression.

There is no explanation of what this wheel was or why it is here. There is only one wheel... not two, three, or four! And I can find no explanation online either. It is simply a historic wheel... located on a sandy path near the ocean in the middle of nowhere.

Where the lake meets the ocean.

Another deserted beach.

We carried on towards the Yeerung Gorge. The road was definitely getting into 4 wheel drive condition. Which is fine for us, because we have 4 wheel drive!

Hmm. 
Not sure about this bridge!

But we made it!

There was actually one section of a half a mile or so where we had to have Bundy in 4x4 mode. Very soft and sandy, and rutted with a few roots sticking out here and there. Again, I was glad we had the option, and Bundy walked through it with no problems at all.

Feels like we are on safari... except that there are no animals!

Didn't even see a kangaroo today.

We made it to the village of Bemm River where we probably could have camped at the boat launch with no problem at all. But we were looking for something a little more out of the way so we continued about 5 kms (3 miles) down a coastal track that led to a couple of unserviced free campsites,

This beach is five minutes from where we are parked.

And this is our campsite for the night.
GPS -37.780078, 148.922835

We are the only ones here. Peaceful and quiet... well, except for the crashing of the surf in the background.

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10 comments:

  1. Obviously: Vanna and the Wheel of Misfortune.

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  2. There were probably animals watching from the shrub but kept themselves hidden from view.
    The crashing waves make a relaxing sound that will help you sleep.
    Be Safe and Enjoy your adventure.

    It's about time.

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    1. I am sure there were a ton of animals watching us. We say that to each other all the time. :-P

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  3. It's always fun to find those hidden treasure no matter what they mean. I would trade for your weather anyday. Although being in San Miguel de Allende now, I'm pretty happy. Cool breezes.

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    1. We love finding weird things like that along our route, it just would have been fun to have know what the story behind the wheel was though.

      We had a gorgeous day yesterday, despite the wind and we had another one today. Yep, it would be pretty hot in Monterrey, I'm sure, glad that it is more comfortable in San Miguel.

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  4. When we were in Australia in the spring, it seemed strange not to see people out in the sun along the beaches but we were told that the crocs liked to come out of the creeks and swim along the shore for a bit before going back into the creeks. That was a good deterrent to having people play on the beaches in the northern part of Australia!

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    1. Yep, that would be a pretty good deterrent for us! However down here in the southern part of the country, you don't need to worry about crocodiles.

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  5. I have to hand it to you...in all your photos the ocean is always perfectly level. I can't believe how some people make no effort to keep the camera level, and the water is always running off to the right or left.

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    1. Thank you for noticing! That is a pet peeve of Kevin's, so he is always cognisant of this when he is taking any of his pictures, not just the ones of the ocean. ;-)

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