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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pebbly Beach

Pebbly Beach is a beautiful spot, we decided to visit especially to see the resident Eastern Grey Kangaroos since our visitor Rhys had never seen a Kangaroo in the wild. We were not disappointed, there were plenty of them around and some Does had Joey's in their pouches.
I never get bored or loose the wonder of how tame the Kangaroos in this area are. There are signs asking the public not to hand feed the Kangaroos as the bucks tend to become aggressive but we saw quite a few people feeding them rabbit pellets without incident.

From Vincentia Pebbly Beach is about 95klm a very easy 1.5 hours to drive which takes you through Fisherman's Paradise, Milton  and Ulladulla,   all small towns which offer interesting stop offs for browsing antique and curio shops with a great selection of cafes

Pebbly beach is set in Murramarang National Park there are plenty of things to do in this coastal park. Apart from beach activities it is also a good place for walking along the coastline or in the forests, cycling, bird watching and general nature study. In the school holidays there are guided walks and other activities.

A crowd enjoying the cool shade.
  On a hot day the Kangaroos here like to venture into the water to cool off, although we didn't see this on our visit.
This group made up of Bucks, Does and Joeys lazed around in the sun on the grassed area although a few were sitting on the sand close to the water. Quite hand tame the Kangaroos allowed us to get close enough to pat them.
This area is also world famous for birdwatchers with an abundance of birds including Rozella's, Gallahs, King Parrots, the vibrant colours and beautiful sounds really make you feel at one with nature.
A large variety of birds dependent on the moist forests include the eastern yellow robin, satin bower bird and the Rufus fantail which visits the park in summer. Lyrebirds are particularly abundant in this area, a good place to see and hear their competitive song and dance courting displays during winter. Also in winter the charming rose robin is a visitor. Sooty oyster catchers, which live and breed primarily on the offshore islands, can always be seen on the rock platforms.

Ethan's first encounter with Kangaroos
 Pebbly beach has a camping area which is tucked into the forest behind the beach. There are 20 sites for tents and campervan's.  The road to the camp site is unsealed, there is no power available and no caravan or long vehicle access.
You can go on a variety of coastal walks, there's plenty to do, including fishing, bush walking, rock platform walks and, nearby canoeing.

The grassy picnic area is near, but separate from, the camping area, and has its own car park. There are four picnic tables within two shelters and information signs. Walking tracks are nearby. Toilets are available with eco flush, signs displayed advise to boil water.

There is wheelchair access to all areas of Pebbly Beach however some areas have tree roots, grassed areas and steep slopes so some assistance may be needed.

There is no commercial area in Pebbly Beach so its advisable to at least take bottled water with you.

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