NSW – Victoria RoadTrip | Batemans Bay | Narooma | Merimbula (part 1 of 2)

So its been a few weeks since I returned from my road trip, but I got around writing the blog finally.
My partner Steve and I decided to do a little 2 weeks of photography/camping trip from Sydney to the Great Ocean Road at the start of December of 2011.
We basically planned to have a lot of early mornings and a few late evening as well as relaxing and enjoying the outdoors.
We did not have the best start on our adventure as 30 minutes into the driving to our first location which was Batemans Bay, Steve put his head into his hands and said to me we forgot both of our tripods…haha…It would not be the best photography trip if we didn’t have the 2nd most crucial tool we needed. So we turned around luckily not too far from home but still waisted an hour.

After this small disaster we arrived in Batemans Bay, a seaside town in the South Coast region in the state of New South Wales, Australia.  We checked in at one of the Big 4 holiday parks www.beachresort.com.au and pitched our tent in a lovely grassed area right next to the beach. This was a really great park to stay in. Quiet, clean with great, new facilities.

We woke up the next morning for sunrise at 4.45am. It was a freezing cold morning, but one of my favourite ones from them all.

Batemans bay Sunrise

Sunrise at Batemans Bay jetty

Our next stop was Narooma. Although it is a lovely holiday place and destination to spent a few days in, our main reason stopping and staying here for 2 nights was the Glasshouse Rocks and Mystery Bay.
We we staying at another Big 4 – www.eastsnarooma.com.au just in our tent and I think everyone who is pitching their tent there has got to have the best view in the house as the unpowered site are right on the banks of the spectacular Wagonga Inlet.

Glasshouse Rocks are located on the south end of Surf Beach in Narooma, New South Wales, Australia. They are possibly the most photographed rocks along the South Coast and it is easy to see why. These dominating formations have been dated at between 510 – 440 milion years old. There is no clear interpretation of how these rocks came to be, but some geologists consider them a result of movement between the Pacific and Gondwana plate.

Mystery Bay  is a small town on the south coast and holds many different types of beaches that front the Tasman sea. Some beaches are surfing beaches, others are swimming beaches, and a lot of these beaches contain spectacular large rocks. At low tide, these rocks become rock pools.

Mystery Bay Moonscape, Narooma, NSW

Mystery Bay Moonscape at dusk

Mystery Bay, Narooma, NSW

Mystery Bay at dusk

Sunrise over glasshouse rocks, Narooma, NSW

Pre-dawn at Glasshouse rocks | Narooma

Sunrise over glasshouse rocks, Narooma, NSW

Sunrise over Glasshouse Rocks | Narooma

Narooma Jetty, NSW, Australia

Sunset over Wagonga Inlet | Narooma

After we left the beautiful and relaxing town of Narooma we headed 1 hour 45 minutes further down the coast to another small coastal town on the Sapphire coast of New South Wales half way between Sydney and Melbourne.
Merimbula is surrounded by water with the still waters of Top and Back lakes on its shoreline. For this reason its a very attractive place for photographers to come and take beautiful still mirror-like photographs using one or more of the many jettys and small dinghies that are abundant in the area.
We were camping at the Merimbula beach holiday park  – a nice park with beautiful ocean views. The facilities were not the best, but still acceptable plus it had its own cafe which was great.

Merimbula Curved Jetty, NSW, Australia

Sunset refelction at Merimbula's curved jetty

Merimbula Sunrise, NSW, Australia

Peaceful morning at Merimbula

Rough Seas | Merimbula | NSW | Australia

Rough Seas | Merimbula | NSW | Australia

The Photographer

Silhouette of Steve | Merimbula | NSW | Australia

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed my pictures and stay tuned for the 2nd part of my trip which included places such as Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road
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Cheers, Sonia

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