Driving Miss Debbie
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The main road from
It was a promising first impression but it didn’t last long. Arriving in the town centre, it hit us with a real bogan-industrial vibe, which wasn’t helped by stumbling across a public toilet that had the most abundant and extreme sex-proposition graffiti I’ve ever encountered. Plus the place seemed kind of dead (though this surely had a lot to do with the fact we were there on a Sunday/Monday), and the hotel we stayed at was the most banal, soulless place I’ve ever inhabited.
But luckily that’s not the full story.
We gave the place more of a chance the following day, and found a lot to like. Exploring the coast rewarded us with some great beach scenery, a picturesque river, natural rock pools, skydivers, and cool visions of big waves smashing against rocks. We were also rewarded with our first real break in the cloudy weather and I got a kick out of having the mountains, river, town, beach and harbour all in such close vicinity. Still, the best decision we made was making the trip up to the look out in the mountains, which afforded the same kind of views we’d glimpsed on the way in … only much better.
The real reason we’d come down this way was to explore as much of the coast as we could, and the tourist drive south from Wollongong to Kiama was a great way to spend half a day. There’s some awesome rugged coastline in these parts, with the Cathedral Rocks and the blowholes in Kiama being the personal highlights.
We missed out on the Nan Tien temple that day (largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere) but at that point we were distracted by our impromptu decision to travel all the way to
Still, the trip to
Doing my first state/territory border crossing by land was a bit of novelty, and it’s kind of cool to be able to say I’ve been in the nation’s capital, even if it does get a bit of flack for being dull. Our visit to the
After a brief drive past some of the embassies (
Finally in our hotel we realised we’d driven for 8 hours in one day, and suddenly looked forward to giving the car back in the morning.