30/04/2010 - 07/05/2010
Friday morning we awake to an overcast day in Sydney. By the time we pack up and head off, the showers are very heavy. Greg braves the rain to strap the surfboard, kayak and bikes back onto the trailer. After a quick farewell to Kate and Frankie we set off for Shoal Bay.
The holiday place that Greg pre-booked is great. A three bedroom, two storey house with a balcony overlooking the Bay. Shoal Bay is a very sleepy little fishing village but has great beaches and is surrounded by National Parks for walks etc. The whole region is made up of inlets, beaches, coves and islands with some rainforest-type foliage thrown in... a very pretty and scenic place to visit and explore.
Over the week we have some regular showers of rain but also some gorgeous Autumn weather – perfect for exploring and taking it easy.
We have a pretty chilled out time but some of the highlights of our week include:
Ian, Greg’s dad comes to visit for 4 nights after flying into Sydney and catching the train to Newcastle, where Greg picks him up. It is great to have another pair of hands on board to help out with the kids.
Greg turns 39!! His birthday present is a trip out to the sand dunes for some sandboarding. Initially we are not sure whether we will all be able to get out to the dunes, but the tour operator lets us take the pram so we can accommodate Isaac. We all pile onto the 4wd bus and after a bumpy 10 minute ride we arrive at the top of a 40 metre sand dune. We have the dune to ourselves for the first hour or so, because we get there early in the morning before the pre-booked tour buses. Everyone except Isaac has a turn. The ride down is thrilling but the walk back up the dunes is exhausting – poor Greg has to carry Nadia up as well!
We do a number of scenic walks including a walk over the Fingal Spit and one to the top of the main lookout across the region. This walk is straight up and very good for the butt muscles – made even more challenging when we push the prams. We end up having to attempt it twice as half way up the path ends and turns into stairs, so we do it seperately without the kids.
Ian kindly babysits the kids one night so Greg and Jane get to go out for dinner on their own. Unfortunately Wednesday night at Nelson Bay during the off-season isn’t pumping so it is over all too quickly. But its still a lovely break for us both.