Hey look, Kangaroos hoping on the beach!! Now that's a sight to behold, isn't it?
Except for squawking cockatoos and occasional Kookaburra, living near Sydney city doesn't give much opportunity to enjoy wildlife. It's been over two years, but I didn't get a chance to see Kangaroos in their natural habitat. Last weekend, while looking for a new place to explore, my husband came across Pebbly Beach (NSW, Australia). It was when we entered the address in GPS, realisation dawned that the beach was about 270km from our house.
We looked at each other, contemplating what to do, and then decided - what the heck, let's go. :)
Driving south is never boring, the scenery near Kiama, Gerrongong and Gerroa is absolutely "Fairy Tale'ish", the 4 hours breezed by while I was still drooling over lush green hills.
As we took a turn into Murramang National Park, the tranquility of the forest embraced us. The path was narrower than the highway but well-maintained. Although the path towards Pebbly Beach is still a gravel road. Don't forget to buy a ticket once you have parked.
We walked down and there ... we met this beautiful family of Kangaroos, leisurely eating and soaking in the sun. Oh I was so excited!! As a kid I only thought of them as Boxing Kangaroos, as depicted in cartoons. I inched towards them, fearing if a punch would land on my face.
But they are so incredibly friendly. They didn't even mind the petting or being continuously photographed by other tourists. I chased a few of them, playing and rubbing their ears.
Look at this adorable furry baby. I had to fight the urge to carry it in my arms and bring it home :P
Apart from Kangaroos, the place is filled with colourful parrots. Feed them and they would climb all over you :D
We stayed there for an hour, walked around the forest, photographing and watching other life forms.
While driving back, we stopped by Ulladulla for a quick bite. But the decor and menu of Yes I am Thai Restaurant changed our mind and we decided to stay a little longer. Sitting by the window, watching the colors of westerning sun, we gobbled down on Thai cuisine. How hungry long drives make me!!
Look at the quantity!! And that too at a good price. If you are driving by Ulladulla, do stop by.
The radio started playing good old 90's songs as we drove past Nowra. Sipping on Cappuccino, singing out loud, the journey back was just as enjoyable :)
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