For the love of Jervis Bay

The rain was madness all night and doesn’t seem to ease much when we wake. We loiter around the house doing the usual morning routine – breakfast, shower and whatever else mornings entail. As the rain calms we decide to go for a walk, mostly to tire the dog out for the road trip ahead to Jervis Bay NSW. She has been such a little trooper on the drives; no fuss at all but being the Queen she is likes to spend most of her time in the front seat annoying me.

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We stroll around the other pats of Kingston that we didn’t see yesterday, and stop off at Anton’s local for café. We head home to pack our bags and make tracks to our next destination; it was lovely to put names to faces of Anton’s housemates. Jervis Bay is about three and a half hours away, via the scenic route, which is the one we choose; mind you the short cut inland through the guts is only about fifteen minutes quicker. Anton takes to the wheel again and it suits me perfectly in the passenger seat taking in the greenery that surrounds us.

We travel through a number of cute country towns that clearly thrive on tourism. The country town of Braidwood is similar to Castlemaine, filled with quilt shops, vintage home wares and traditional pastry bakeries. As we travel from town to town the single lane, tree lined streets lead us to the forest. This next stretch is like the Great Ocean Road – very windy through the Budawang National Park, Monga forest and then Buckenbowra forest before hitting sunlight again at Batesman Bay. The air is refreshingly crisp with 13 degrees at 1230pm.

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Batemans Bay is a town in the South coast region of New South Wales and is approximately 280 kms from Sydney, it is known as a popular tourist destination for Canberra locals. Moving on an hour down the road we arrive at Jervis Bay located on the South Coast of New South Wales. We are saying in Vincentia in a beautiful seaside airbnb cottage studio.

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Once we make ourselves at home the next stop is the dog beach right opposite our stay. Penelope has a ball and we take a stroll along Nelsons Beach walk, so pretty even if it is overcast. The water is crystal clear blue.

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We decide to take a drive through to Hyams Beach and stop at Chinamans beach, which is about 5km away. This is such a pretty coastline known for the whitest sand in the world. It is absolutely divine.

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This beach town really is the cutest not only because of the amazing white sand but because of these gorgeous colourful cottages set back off the beach in the township.

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We boycott Boodree National Park and pop this on our to do list for tomorrow, very excited to take a stroll through at a later stage as we have heard unbelievable things about it. It’s nearing 6pm so we head for Huskisson, the main beach town of Jervis Bay. Out the front of a cafe is a middle-aged man playing DJ with a dozen locals up dancing in the street. The camaraderie of country towns is unbeatable. It’s lovely to see so much joy on these people’s faces by doing something as simple as dancing in the street. We walk around with no plans at all and hook into a pizza for dinner. The weather is odd, not cold but dark and overcast so we venture back to our cottage and settle in for the night.

I discover a doco on TV about the Aboriginals from 1964 called Contact it is brilliantly produced and reminds me how intrusive that we haven’t allowed the Aboriginal people, the oldest Australian culture, to live freely the way they did before the white invasion. It’s a true reminder. Anton gets stuck into House of Cards on Netflix and I’m out like a light ready to explore our new surrounds tomorrow.. x

Anna Owens is the founder of ownsit! A mama working in Community Development and Partnerships Education. Anna is a colour crazy, creativity enthusiast who loves to design, collect shoes, eat & travel.. x

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