Our friend Pat let us stay in her cottage for a week on Jervis
Bay around Christmas time. Jervis Bay is a beautiful beach-front area
two hours south of Wollongong. Pat's cottage is on one of the shorelines
of the Bay in a small community. We were surprised to see some wallabies
on the front lawn as we pulled up. This was a good sign that we were in
for a real "Aussi" week.
We spent each day at Hyam's Beach, supposedly sporting the 'whitest sand
in the world'. The surf was wild and the older boys got in some serious
body-boarding. Back at the cottage in the afternoons, the pelicans would
come and land on the dock and give us a treat of these huge birds up close.
The beach at the cottage was excellent and the water is very shallow in
the Bay for quite a ways off shore so the boys had a great place to frollick
on their boards and look for 'critters'. We took walks through the rain
forest that hugs the shoreline near the beach and saw lots of lovely birds
and flowers. The silouetted bird in the tree below is a Kookaburra. As
you'll see near the bottom, the Huntsman Spiders gave us a number of shows
(and scares!) and a few Wombats made us jump one evening as they perched
on the cottage poach. "No worries, mate!"