I have travelled in Asia and North America and loved every minute of it but my bucket list now includes more of Australia. This year I have been down to Bega on the New South Wales south coast,
a lovely oasis where old-fashioned single lane roads weave around headlands and through small villages.
Referred to as the Sapphire Coast it is a continuous panorama of rocky coastal headlands, rainforests, bird filled lagoons and camping grounds perched on river inlets and hidden away in isolated hamlets.
There is something about the camaraderie of camping grounds that I really enjoy.
Though I was staying with an old friend in his home at Dalmeny, we visited his brother at Dalmeny campground. He is well set up as a nomad, complete with a terrific camper trailer and an adorable odd-coloured-eyed blue heeler.
This area of the New South Wales south coast is a nature and art lovers paradise, overflowing as it is with national parks and nature reserves, walking trails that meander for hours through changing landscapes, surf and swimming spots, and quaint ‘arty’ villages made up of clusters of restored buildings, green streetscapes and folksy cafes.