Kiama to Shoalhaven Heads (It’s my birthday)

What a wild old night! It fairly blew during the night. At times the motorhome was being rocked from side to side. I was very glad we’d decided to pack our awning away.

I woke to the sounds of messages on my phone. I received lots of lovely birthday wishes via text and Facebook. I appreciated each and every one. FaceTime chats with family made my day. 65 years old! Where did that time go? Seems like only yesterday we were just beginning our married life and now our three children all have children of their own. We feel truly blessed to have 7 grandchildren in our lives.

It was time to leave our lovely camp at Easts Beach Kiama and head further south. We’d made a booking at the Holiday Haven in Huskisson for three days however we had a night to fill on on the way. Where would we end up?

Heading southwards we turned off into the small seaside town of Gerringong. It was Market Day in Gerringong so we found a place to park and spent a couple of hours exploring the local markets.

Gerringong is only about a ten minute drive south of Kiama and has a population of almost 4,000 people. The main beach, Werri Beach, set on a long strip of land with Werri Lagoon on the other side. Being only a 2 hour drive from Sydney means there are lots of holiday houses in Gerringong. Lots of city folk escape for a few days and come to enjoy being by the sea. We had a drive around the lovely little town, up and down some very steep hills and around some sharp bends until we headed further south.

The next little village we came to was Gerroa. Gerroa sits at the northern end of Seven Mile Beach and mouth of the Crooked River. Seven Mile Beach is a very popular beach. There are at least three surf schools along the 12km beach and you can hire kayaks and standup paddle boards to paddle on the river. A popular Big4 Caravan Park is located at Seven Mile Beach with the river on one side and beach on the other however we carried on further south.

The next village along the way was Shoalhaven Heads. This little village of some 3,000 people is located where the Shoalhaven River meets the Pacific Ocean. Shoalhaven Heads sits at the southern end of Seven Mile Beach. Between Gerroa and Shoalhaven Heads sits the Seven Mile Beach National Park and there are many bush walks to explore.

After a drive around we decided to call the Holiday Haven Caravan Park and sure enough, they had a site available. It didn’t take long before we were all checked in and set up on site 39, tucked away in the corner with bush on one side and views of the river in front of us. It was a great spot.

After setting up camp we got our ebikes off and went for a ride around Shoalhaven Heads. We found a lovely little Botanic Garden and spent some time wandering around the lovely park before continuing our ride.

It was my birthday so we decided to celebrate by going out for dinner to the local pub. We had ridden past the pub on our bike ride and the Heads Hotel was walking distance from camp. We enjoyed fish & chips and a seafood basket with a view across the river to the entrance. It was a lovely way to finish off my birthday.


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