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Published: March 4th 2009
On Sunday we headed from Jervis Bay to Kangaroo Valley, but decided to take a short detour to Berry and catch the Sunday morning markets along the way. The markets are held on the 1st Sunday of each month and were bustling. We re-stocked our honey and jam supplies and also bought some sweet corn. We also had gourmet sausage rolls for lunch followed by Dutch Poffertjes served with caramel and cream. Yum!
We left Berry and drove to Bendeela camping and picnic ground set on the banks of the Kangaroo River. We arrived mid-afternoon as the last few lots of weekend campers were packing up to leave. It was a lovely grassed area with lots of space, although we had to dodge the duck and wombat scats and make sure we secured our food at night.
On Monday, a cool change had come through with overcast and drizzly conditions, but we drove up the road to Morton National Park to have a look at Fitzroy Falls. The falls were shrouded in mist, but we all enjoyed the walk and the clever signs along the way which described interesting facts about platypuses, wombats and lyrebirds. We also visited Belmore
Falls, but these falls were almost impossible to see with all the mist around (we had a much better view of Carrington Falls in Budderoo National Park the next day as we drove out of Kangaroo Valley towards Royal National Park).
On the way back to the camp ground we saw a sign for horse rides at a property near the turn-off to Bendeela and decided to stop and enquire about them - Annelies has been bugging us for most of the trip! It turned out that Judith and Sean, who owned the property, were only displaying the sign for a friend of theirs who owned the horse riding business up the Bendeela road. The horse riding was only for children over 10 years old, but we were invited in and Sean decided that Annelies and Thomas would have to ride his Welsh pony Zoey. So, as Sean was saddling up Zoey, Judith poured Alex and I some wine and Annelies and Thomas some milk. As well as Zoey, they also had a lovely Arabian horse (Xavier) and a stock horse (Ben) as well as a friendly German Shepherd cross called Fred. Annelies and Thomas really enjoyed the horse
riding, which included exercises for correct posture - Sean was a fantastic teacher. Annelies was especially smitten with the horse riding experience and of course now wants to own her own back in Darwin - she has already mapped out her fund raising plan! Judith and Sean were amazingly hospitable considering we just came in off the highway and they had never met us before. We had a great time and were very fortunate to have met them.
Judith and Sean also told us that Kangaroo Valley is one of only seven 'box' valleys in the world and the only one in the southern hemisphere. A box valley is a valley surrounded by mountains on all four sides.
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