Reg and I have been careful to select quiet companion dog friendly, eco-friendly locations for our 2011 tour and the BIG4 Trial Bay Tourist Park, South West Rocks, NSW, is one of the best to combine the well cared for, pet friendly caravan park site with a true nature experience.
This weekend with strong winds predicted for the area I am grateful to be tucked away sheltered from the winds. I was amazed when we were directed to a caravan site that had an expanse of natural bushland behind and to the side of it and a very short walk to a natural lagoon. Reg takes the fishing gear and walks to the beach once or twice a day. Whereas I, mostly sit around the caravan enjoying being surrounded by National Park while I work on my Australian bush novel. It is a pleasure to be interrupted by birds and wildlife. I met the resident kangaroo family this morning.
This would be an ideal location for international guests looking for nature and history, or a family wanting all the facilities including a kids club. For the social couple there is lots of dining out opportunities in the town which is only 2 kilometres away. The only sounds I have heard in the week that I have been here were the call of the birds and pleasant sound of waves plus one gentle knock on the caravan door. The knock on the door was a neighbour giving us two excess to his own needs, fish he had caught that day.
Did I mention how friendly people are here? Not that you need meet anyone, the place is so peaceful. There is morning coffee get together every day at 10.30 am if you want to get to know the neighbours, listen to the chat about the area, find out about the great scenic drives and walks your neighbours have been on and learn a bit about the history of the area.
I sent Reg to the morning tea last Wednesday, he came back enthusiastic about the free lemon meringue pie I missed out on and stories about the area he had heard.
My main exercise has been discovering the gorgeous clothing boutique in the shopping centre that gives a 10% discount to the park residents. When you arrive, pick up one the discount meals and services cards. The reception is filled with helpful brochures and maps of the many places to visit while you are in the area.
The facilities here include movie room, camp kitchen, BBQ's resort pool, spa, games room, toddlers play area, playgrounds, jumping pillow, half court tennis, free internet kiosk, and laundry. Of course I am mostly interested in the peace and quiet aside from the sounds and views of nature and Reg has his fishing to content him and Indigo lots of places she is allowed to walk plus a dog friendly beach she is allowed to fun off leash on, about 2,000 human steps away.
The splendour of the Australian bush captured in the words and work of Internationally acclaimed artist and author Ryn Shell.
Above is Reg at the caravan door, as photographed by Ryn, at one of our campsites on a writing about, and painting Australia trips.
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