It’s been a while since I’ve been out of the city for more than a day. It has been four and a half years, actually. There’s always been a reason, but this time, we said no. We are going on a road trip. It will be unplanned. It will be great. And that is exactly what it was.
Everyone I know, when you say ‘beach’ or ‘explore’, it’s never the South of New South Wales that they think of. I had the pleasure of traveling to Narooma once – and that one time was all I needed to want to go back again. So our direction was set – let’s travel down the south coast. We brought the essentials: camera, blanket, toothbrush, toothpaste, towels and sunscreen. No accommodation booked, ready to either sleep in the car or hope we could find a bit of grass. We only decided on the way to stop at Batemans Bay to purchase a tent, sleeping bags and pillows so we could camp.
We left Sydney at 11:30am. No rush, just cruise. The cruising meant we only arriving at Narooma at around 7pm. Just in time to grab some fish and chips from the wharf. By the time we finished, night had fallen and I still had no idea where we were going to sleep. Luckily, my man here lived in Bega growing up and he’d been camping many a time. So off we drove, with about ten thousand bugs sprayed across our windscreen.
Never have I been so terrified in my entire life. There were no street lights. There were no houses. The only light was coming from our headlights. After about another hour of driving, and getting lost, and going through random patches of fog where I was sure some horror movie scene was about to come to life, we arrived and what looked to be the right street – and by street, I mean dirt track where veering too far left or right meant rolling off into trees, bush, rocks and god knows what else.
Finally, the campsite parking was in our sights. We hopped out the car and with no more headlights, I thought I had gone blind. It was so dark, I couldn’t see my own hands! Thank goodness for iPhones, right? Flashlight to the rescue! We looked around to see if anyone else was around and to my great delight, yes, about five to eight other campers – I’m safe! We unloaded, set up and collected some wood to start our camp fire. The rest of the night was … no words can describe. Out here, you can see so many stars. There is actually pure silence. This is what peace is.