Not Quite in No Name Road – But Close
After giving it some serious consideration, we accepted a house sitting job for winter. Yes, for the next three months (and perhaps a little longer), we are minding someone else’s home in Basin View, a little town in the City of Shoalhaven, New South Wales. It sits on the shores of St Georges Basin and is only 25 kilometres (15.5 miles) south of Nowra, and slightly less than 200 kilometres (124.2 miles) south of Sydney.
Our mini home is tucked away under cover and we have settled into a beautiful three bedroom home. We are not merely minding the house, but also babysitting the chooks, the goldfish, and the gardens, which include citrus trees already laden with fruit just beginning to ripen. I’m sure I can become creative with what I can do with the harvest of oranges and lemons.
We had two stops on the road back to Basin View and here are my thoughts on both.
Thoughts on Location No 33
Gundagai, Riverina, New South Wales
We didn’t visit any of the iconic sites in or near Gundagai, we merely stopped for the night after an epic drive, having driven off the Spirit of Tasmania in the wee hours of Sunday morning (May, 24).
The roads were clear, the traffic minimal, and going good, so we kept going.
We stopped at the Gundagai Cabins & Tourist Park and I must say it was a very bizarre experience indeed. The park had three rows of roofing covering the caravan sites. This was not flimsy, but rather, they were very sturdy structures that you parked your caravan under. Each site was drive through with a private ensuite (if you didn’t want to pay the extra for the ensuite, you didn’t get the key to open the door).
Personally I felt cramped and trapped in an area with no view.
Thoughts on Location No 34
South Durras, South Coast, New South Wales
After leaving Gundagai, we had one more night before the planned arrival in Basin View. South Durras seemed as good a spot as any, a surf stop for Dean in all honesty as he hadn’t had a surf for two weeks, but it also meant that we only had a short drive the following morning.
We stayed at the Big4 South Durras Holiday Park for the night. The owners/managers were lovely, so friendly and helpful and the park is situated opposite Durras Main Beach and surrounded by Murramarang National Park, a beautiful location as it was quiet and peaceful and we’d definitely consider staying again.
Back in February, when we were heading towards Melbourne, we deliberately bypassed this area of New South Wales because we knew we would be back here before the end of May.
Although we are committed to being in Basin View for quite some time (relatively speaking), we see this as a wonderful opportunity to get to know this part of our country, much like we just did in Tasmania. There are amazing beaches to walk and explore, we can go bushwalking, fishing, and perhaps a plethora of other activities I can’t think of right now.
What I’m trying to say is, during the next three months, while we are house sitting, I’m sure I will have plenty of things to talk about and share with you.
When winter is over and we leave Basin View, we will spend more time in the Riverina area of New South Wales before we head back to Torquay in Victoria, the destination we have decided upon from where we will continue our journey around Australia.