Together with my friend Laura, I wanted to visit Hyams beach, the whitest beach in the world and see what else the part sourth of Sydney has to offer. I met Laura during my semester abroad at The University of Newcastle Australia. During the semester, we became very close friends. We shared the same kind of humour, the same thoughts and the same opinion on most things. I am proud that I had the chance to meet such a gorgeous, powerful and positive soul in Australia. Spending time with Laura and travelling with her at the end of our semester abroad was truly amazing.
Car hire in Sydney
To start our trip, we took the train from Newcastle to Sydney to the car hire company “Jucy”, where we picked up our car with sleep-function. As we were just travelling for 4 days together, we decided not to hire a full camper van but a car with a bed and a cooking plate in the boot. As it was getting colder in Sydeney already, as we travelled at the end of June, we packed many sleeping bags in addition to the blankets the car company offered us.
On the way to Jervis Bay
We started driving out of Sydney in the afternoon. We wanted to sleep somewhere half way to Jervis bay as we wanted to be at Hyams Beach the next morning. So, our first night we spent on a free camping spot, that turned out to be a carpark next to the highway. But that was ok, as it was for free. But the first night was freezing although we had so many blankets. The temperature at night was around 4°C. So if you think, it’s always hot in Australia, you are wrong. The state New South Wales can get pretty chilly in winter.
The next day, we arrived early at Hyams Beach. The sand was incredibly white and although it was quite chilly in the wind, we put our feet into the cold ocean. It’s winter in Australia, but you still get kissed by this beautiful sun and the lanscape looks as beautiful as in summer. The leaves of the Eucalyptus trees never fall down, so it’s allways green. We sat down on the beach to eat our lunch and got disurbed by seagulls. Then we decided to take more pictures instead.
Booderee National Park
In the afternoon, we drove into the Booderee National Park. We planned to stay there on the campground for the second night. We visited some old ruins in the National Park and set up our place for the night on the campground. It was in the middle of the bush and many campers came there with their camper vans or cars. The only problem at the campground was that when we used the showers, the water suddendly turned of and didn’t turn back on. And it was not a coin operated shower. So we had 3 minutes and we were lucky that the showers next to he first one were free, so we could quickly jump into another shower for the next 3 minutes :D.
The next day, we drove deeper into the National Park, to reach Murrays Beach with is a hidden beach at the cape of the Natioal Park. When the tide is low, you can go into different cave formations. It’s a really magical place, especially when no one else is there.
Dolphin cruise in Jervis Bay
Later on, we drove out of the National Park towards Huskisson. The town of Huskisson is a typical small holiday town with lots of holiday homes and tourist attractions. As Jervis Bay is known for giving home to dolphins, we decided to do a boat cruise to spot some dolphins. We were lucky and even saw a mother and her calf.
In the late afternoon, we made our way back to Wollongong where we looked for a camping spot. Luckily, we found a great spot on the noth of Wollongong, which was directly next to the beach. We had a hughe camp spot and fell asleep with the sound of the ocean in our ears.
Royal National Park
The next morning, we started early to drive into the Royal National Park. We wanted to see the famous figure 8 pools. But the way there was hard to find. Finally, we found the road to the nearest car park called “Garrawara Farm Car Park” off Garie road. It is a bit off the track so it’s better to drive slowly, also because it’s one path to go there and to go back, so cars will drive opposite to your direction. What has to be mentioned is that the internet connection in the National Parks is quite poor. In some places you don’t have any network connection. So better take a navigation system in addition to your mobile phone. The hike to the figure 8 pools is beautiful but takes about 1 1/2 hours. You walk through the lush rainforest and pass by several beaches until you reach the pools. At low tide, you can walk towards the pools and can even go in to have a dip in summer. When Laura and I arrived, the surf was quite dangerous so we decided to see the pools from the rocks above instead. But it was still specacular to see the pools fill up by the rising water.
Back to Sydney
In the afternoon, we had to drive back to return our rental car in Sydney. It was a tight schedule to do the whole trip in 4 days but we had a lot of fun together, saw many amazing and empty spots and had a great time to end our semester abroad together.