Smithsdownunder
Our journeys around Australia

11-Feb-2005
   

We are staying with our friends Di and Dave in Mallacoota. This is a beautiful area of the coastline in the Croajingolong National Park near the border of Victoria and New South Wales. The coastline has long stretches of sandy beaches and rocky bays with interesting rock formations. An inlet opens up into a vast area of lakes surrounded by forests of gum trees. The house is set on a hillside overlooking the lakes and the view is fabulous.

Mallacoota Inlet

Mallacoota Inlet
Secret Beach

This is the beach where the wedding is to take place in a few days time.

Secret Beach

At the eastern end of the beach there are some spectacularly coloured rocks which look as if they have been painted in pastel colours in layers about 50mm thick.

Coloured rocks near Mallacoota.

Rocks near Quarry Beach
Rodondo

Dave took us out on the lakes on 'Rodondo', his lovely old timber launch, otherwise known as the 'African Queen'.

Rodondo

A large goanna came out to welcome us as we came ashore on one of the beaches. It was about 1.5mtrs long and looked like something out of Jurassic Park.

Goanna

Goanna
Waiting for scraps There are lots of pelicans that live on the lake and they always seem to know when there might be some titbits on offer. The seagulls, pelicans, Dot and Ali all anxiously waiting for the fishermen to throw some scraps in.
Mallacoota Pelican Mallacoota Peli
Spike the Kookaburra

A regular visitor to the house is Spike, the kookaburra. He usually visits around meal times and will accept all offerings. We remember him from our previous visit about 3 years ago.

Spike.