The Road to Jervis Bay

April 28, 2011

in exploring, Jervis Bay, Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales, road trip, vacation

I love road trips. I’ve taken some pretty long and far ones — cross-country to California and back, down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, to Florida with my family several times. The trip to Jervis Bay, which incorporated some of the Grand Pacific Drive, clocked in at only 3.5 hours, but we found some worthwhile sights along the way, once we got into the area and on the drive back.

Nan Tien Temple

Just outside Wollongong, this is the largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere. The parking lot was packed on Good Friday, but once we got a spot, we took some time to say “Hi” to the little statues and “arahants,” enlightened beings, scattered across the massive grounds. Further inside sat two shrines, a garden of painted Buddhist figures and artwork.

Kiama Blowhole

Alas, the conditions weren’t right to see the water burst through the cavity, but it was still interesting to learn about. The Kiama Lighthouse sits nearby.

Hampden Bridge

The oldest suspension bridge — it opened in 1898 —  in Australia stretches across the Kangaroo River in the Kangaroo Valley, a short ride from Jervis Bay. Only one lane can go by at a time. We walked across it and felt it shake.

Fitzroy Falls

Another Kangaroo Valley attraction, what makes this waterfall stand out from others I’ve seen is the vantage point: the top looking down, which is how I got this shot.

But let’s be honest — I really liked the stop because of this lookout name:

The Hole in the Wall

We were too distracted at first by the varying shades of blue between the water and the sky to notice this oddity in Jervis Bay. We walked to it, then we climbed it, you know, because the little boys there fishing with their parents had done it (I needed help getting down, however). While I was up there, a massive stingray swam by down below — the first live one I’ve seen Down Under.

Large Yard Chair

Australia likes big things — it has the world’s biggest rocking horse, after all. I’m not sure if this yard chair claims the title of “largest,” but it was still a sight to behold. Brendan dared me to climb it, but I thought someone with a shotgun might take me down.

Sri Venkateswara Temple

We knew this temple existed about 45 minutes south of Sydney, but found it by accident after turning off the highway to find some lunch on the way back Monday. We literally rounded a woodsy corner, and bam! It was all ivory immaculateness.

8 Comments - Add Yours!

  1. Tony

    We roadtripped through the area just last weekend! Caught the blowhole, big as rocking chair and Husky in Jervis Bay. Great pies and vanilla slices in the Bakery IMHO. Went to Nan Tien Temple some years ago too which was tops. Did you actually go to J.Bay?

    1. Lauren Post author

      Wait, you were there last weekend, too?! We went to the Husky Pub — cheap as drinks! We did go to Jervis and had a good time, but I wanted to write about the cool stuff we spotted on the way there and around the area.

  2. Sasha

    I love Jervis Bay!!! As a child that’s where we always went for family holidays from Canberra. You can’t go past those crystal clear waters and REALLY white sandy beaches. Reading about Jervis Bay really makes me miss Australia!!!

    1. Lauren Post author

      Aww, thanks for the comment and sharing your love for Jervis, Sasha! It really was beautiful, and the beaches lived up to the hype. It’s cool you went there often growing up!

    1. Lauren Post author

      Gotsta keep it Jersey fresh always! That stinks it was crappy weather — I agree, you must go when it is nice out!


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