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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Narooma October 8th 2018

Batemans Bay and Narooma are lovely spots on the NSW coast. Both would be worthwhile spending a lot more time than just an hour or two. Stayed at Sunpatch in 1963 and the place has gone from an isolated small beach to a bustling built up area. Many street names are Canberra suburbs, probably reflecting the number of Canberrans who now live in this idyllic spot.... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Narooma October 21st 2015

GREAT SOUTHERN BLUES FESTIVAL...the end of an era. The world's first supergroup Blind Faith (Steve Winwood from Traffic, Eric Clapton & Ginger Baker from Cream, Rick Grech from Family) sang a song "Had to Cry Today." Fitting for the news I heard the other day. Neil Mumme the promoter of the Great Southern Blues Festival called us into the Peter Phelps tent for one last goodbye. After 20 years of the best blues on the planet...GSBF as we know it will be no more. Kinda fitting our last full gig were the Nasty Boys...Pete Cornelius, Darren Jack and Shannon Bourne...three of the young guns of Aussie Blues that we have followed from youngsters to mega stars...own bands...together for one last blistering hurrah. Ross Wilson (ex Daddy Cool) closing the festival..."Eagle Rock"..."I'll Never Smile Again"..."Come Back Again" ... read more
Bluest blues
Pete Cornelius
The blues...gotta luv it

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Narooma October 19th 2015

As Linda and I left Victoria behind and entered New South Wales to begin our second week on the road (Monday 12thOctober), we unfortunately encountered our first really lousy weather day of the trip so far. With rain falling pretty much the whole day, we initially followed the highway from Mallacoota to Eden - where we stopped for lunch at a park overlooking Twofold Bay - before turning off onto the Sapphire Coast Drive for the remaining hundred kilometres or so to Narooma. Eventually we called it quits for the day after pulling into a free rest area just north of Narooma in Bodalla State Forest; and after slurping down a hearty vegetable soup cooked by Linda in the back of the van (so as to keep out of the rain), we turned in for the ... read more
Underwater Acrobatics
All Smiles
Beacon of Light

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Narooma April 21st 2015

Tuesday 14thApril and we finally get away for our trip around the coast of Vic and then northward up the NSW and Qld coast line, until we reach a point when we will return through the inland/outback of said Qld and NSW. As you can guess from that sentence our plan has some flex built into it... The theme of this entry will be somewhat focused on the weather. It seems that this was not the ideal time to leave as the weather pattern would indicate that we have missed the window before the onset of winter. Day one was not too bad, although mostly overcast, there was not anything you would call rain. Knowing that it was not going to be an early start (and it wasn’t), we only planned to get to Port Albert ... read more
Yeering River Mouth
Mallacoota Holiday Park
Mallacoota WW2 Bunker

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Narooma February 22nd 2015

THE GREAT SOUTHERN BLUES FESTIVAL...Australia's Friendliest Festival. T'was about 15 years ago we first heard about it. Staying in a log cabin in the bush near Moruya in southern NSW...swimming in the stream...best place to chill out. Into Moruya for provisions and saw a Texas Shop. Did a double take. A Texas Shop in Oz...Texas flags...everything Texas. That's when we met Texas Dave...his distinctive hat...told us about the Festival in Narooma that October long weekend...been going every year since...wouldn't miss it. It's where we hear the best music and meet the most interesting people. I'll introduce you to some now. ****** ... read more
THE PALLADINS
ROY ROGERS & CARLOS MONTOYA
MOONDOG'S GYPSY BLUES BAND

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Narooma October 24th 2013

BLUES IN MY SYSTEM...FEELING GOOD...Great Southern Blues Festival 2013. The M.C. bounded onto the stage...leant into the mike and said "How good was that? Amazing talent...and he's only 16." The guitarist leant into the mike and said "Fifteen actually." The crowd yelled "more...more". Denise and I were staggered...have followed his career ever since...got all his CDs. That gig was 14 years ago. And he's returning to Narooma this year with that original band...Dad on drums, Uncle Phil on bass, Pete on guitar & vocals...Pete Cornelius & the Devilles...one of our favourite bands...awesome talent. We go to the Great Southern Blues Festival most years...October long weekend...about 30 bands each time...some travelling from across the globe...guess that means we've seen a few bands in our time...and some of them several times...Pete the most times... read more
WATERMELON SLIM
ROY DANIELS
THE HOLMES BROTHERS

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Narooma October 12th 2013

Holy Whale Breach Batman...We're Chasing Whales. He dived in the crystal waters...the moonlight illuminating the granite rocks of the island's edge. Scarcely had his body entered the water than his skin and hair started to glow...brighter as the seconds passed...luminous plankton sparked to life upon him. This is why he swam here...at this secret place and time...where his very being was thrilled...and weariness expelled. Ian came from the Simpson Desert...now the National Parks Ranger at Montague Island...9 kms off Narooma...that sleepy coastal town in southern New South Wales...caring for penguins, terns, gulls and seals...best job in the World. ***** We have been in Blues Heaven these last few days...the Great Southern Blues Festival 2013...Sensational...I'll take you there shortly...but for now I take you to meet Wazza & Simon...and to chase ... read more
SURFING WITH DOLPHINS
MONTAGUE ISLAND
SEAL POLITICS

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Narooma September 14th 2013

Geo: -36.2167, 150.134Light drizzle so we decided to drive to Narooma, the first thing we did was buy a dozen oysters for each of us, $11 a dozen. Went to the park and sat under a Rotunda to eat them, it was warm but was drizzling with rain. Yum, Yum they were good. We bought a coffee and drank it at the Surf Beach, followed by a walk around the cemetery. Mick told me, if I see his name he does not want to know about it. We then went shopping and Mick spotted Millers with a rack of clothes for $5, yes, you guessed I could not pass by without investing in a couple of items. Called at Eurobodella National Park, Corunna Lake, popular for its scenery and anglers, water skiers and sailors every weekend. ... read more
Narooma Surf Beach
Corunna Lake
Mystery Bay

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Narooma March 5th 2013

Der Morgen beginnt mit einem guten Frühstück. Nachdem alles wider im Auto verstaut ist, geht unsere Fahrt nach Melbourne weiter. Entlang der Küste warten einzelne Städtchen auf uns und wir sind erstaunt, wie viele KFC hier auf dem Weg liegen. Zum Mittagessen rückten wir in eine kleine Küstenstadt namens Narooma. Nach vielen Kilometern durch Wälder machten wir auf einer Restarea irgendwo in der Gegend von Orbost halt und richteten unser Nachtlager ein.... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Narooma March 9th 2012

Sun at last! And some warmth too :-) Our wet clothes were going to take a while to dry out but we were just so glad to be able to spend time outdoors again. First off, we explored Bermagui by bicycle. We watched the (now calmer but still pretty wild) ocean and Dean had a dip in the manmade sea pools. The waves were so high it looked like he was going to get swept away! Bermagui done and dusted, we headed onwards to Mystery Bay. A number of people had recommended this place to us and we certainly regretted not having driven the extra half hour to spend the night there instead. It’s absolutely beautiful: a very basic campsite in the foresty Eurobodalla National Park, stunning sandy and rocky beaches, picnic area with gorgeous ocean ... read more
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