4 January 2018
With a successful 3 week visit of Sydney in our rearview mirror, it was time to embark on our trip to Melbourne. The shortest route from Sydney to Melbourne is the Hume Highway, but where’s the fun in that? We took the less direct and more scenic route, the Princes Highway. We started on the south side of Sydney. It wasn’t long till we took our first tangent through Royal National Park. Working our way down the coast we stumbled upon Bald Hill near Otford. Bald Hill is a popular stop. From the lookout you get your first view of Sea Cliff Bridge. What we were not expecting was the numerous hand gliders and paragliders. The view of the coastline with the bridge and gliders was a pleasant surprise.
We stopped again at the bottom of the hill to walk along the Sea Cliff Bridge. The bridge cantilevers over and flows around the rocky coastline. It reminded me a bit of the Bixby Creek Bridge on California’s Pacific Coast Highway.
Further down the road we took a quick tour of Wollongong and had lunch.
The highlight of the day was our stop in Kiama. It’s a beautiful little town with three beaches is on the coast about 35 km south of Wollongong. We took time to visit Blow Hole Point and the lighthouse. The stop was well worth it. Kiama would be a nice place to spend a weekend.
We ended our day in Nowra on the mouth of the Shoalhaven River.
Sea Cliff Bridge