We spent Australia Day this year (January 26th) at Austinmer, on the south coast of New South Wales, below Sydney. It was warm to hot as we drove along and then we crested the hills and the comparitive coolness was like a breath of fresh air – well, it was.
As we drove back down the tree covered hills again, I at first thought that it was very odd that I could see nothing beyond the trees. It soon enough occurred to me that it was a mist or fog that was preventing me from seeing further. When we got down there, trying to find a place to set up amongst the crowd, I was amazed at just how thick the mist was, and it was kind of surreal to see people swimming with this mist about because I normally associate swimming at the beach with hot, sunny days. Well, it was quite hot, very muggy, and the water proved to be the best place to be, though the flags were narrowly placed so everyone was in a sort of queue. Swimming wasn’t much of an option – everyone just played in the waves.
If you ever get a chance, the south coast of New South Wales is a beautiful place to spend your time. The ‘mountains’ (in Australia, we don’t have much in the way of mountains, so we call big rocky hills mountains) come down to the sea, they are covered in trees and each cove has a small village-like settlement. As you can see from these pics, it is something (excuse me but I was just interrupted by a large Orchard Swallowtail butterfly in my home and had to help it out to safety) of a wonderland of nature!