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The Grand Pacific Drive (II)

Before leaving Berry for good, I really wanted to take a side trip to the Fitzoy Falls, in Morton National Park. Little did I know the road itself was worth the trip!

To get there, we had to take a steep climb up a mountain road. During the first half of the climb, the narrow strip of asphalt crossed the Kangaroo Valley, where there seems to be more wombats than kangaroos, according to the numerous yellow diamond-shaped warning signs for wildlife crossing. There was barely any room for two lanes and each time we took a blind turn, we feared a collision. Eventually, we made it to the top and looked down to the dense forest with patches of farmland.

We then drove to Jervis Bay, further South, a popular holiday spot for Australians. The shelter bay has it all: clear water, white-sand beaches and nice forests. In a way, it reminded me of Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica.

Accommodation prices were crazy in Jervis Bay and Ulladulla, so we ended up in a trailer park (!) in Batemans Bay. I still can’t believe how expensive Australia has become. And the worst part is, Australians seem to think that paying $200 for a night in an old motel in the middle of nowhere, or $4 for a muffin is completely normal. When prices rose in France, French complained but Australia seems to embrace the crazy retail prices. Go figure.

Wombats Crossing
The Fitzroy Waterfalls
Kangaroos and Wombats
Jervis Bay
Jervis Bay
White Sand
Fitzroy Waterfalls National Park
Shoalhaven Coast
Jervis Bay

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