We just got back from a short but epic road trip up the coast of New South Wales. It was only for a night, but we packed a lot in over the 2 days and saw some of my new favorite places to date in Australia.It was also a bit of a nostalgic throwback for Ollie because we visited some of the spots that his family used to holiday at when he was little.
Our first stop along the coast was The Entrance, which is a pretty little holiday town just a couple of hours outside of Sydney. It's called The Entrance because there is an opening along the beach that lets water inland to a lake when the tide comes up. The lake is salt water so it's really just some of the ocean being trapped inland and it rises and falls with the tides. It seems that there's a lot of these lakes along the coast and it makes for such a beautiful drive -- giving the feeling that you're driving with the ocean on either side of you for miles and miles.
The town itself is so adorable. It was suuuper quiet while we were there and I can tell it's one of those places that comes to life in the summer. Everything is so picturesque; from the promenade to the shops along the main road, it has such a holiday town vibe to it. I was even able to find a tasty vegan lentil burger at a little cafe just a block up from the beach making this the best place I've visited so far! One thing I've definitely noticed is that Australia is not at all vegan friendly, or even vegetarian friendly for that matter. This is the first place I had even seen a veggie burger on a menu and I almost jumped for joy. Tastiest restaurant meal I've had here so far. The Entrance gets a huge check mark on this one!
It was such a gorgeous day and this short distance up the coast really seemed to make a difference in temperature from Sydney. The chill from the breeze was gone and the sun felt nice and hot on the skin. I feel like if we had a bit more time here we could have happily gone swimming the water. Where the tide comes in, it creates a pool of shallow water that is nice and warm from the sun. No one else was swimming here, but I could imagine it gets quite lively here in the summer. It really is so picturesque.
We were just meant to stop at this town for a quick bite to eat before heading to our next stop along the coast, but it was just too adorable here and once we laid eyes on the pelicans, our schedule went out the window. These guys are everywhere and come right up to you in the hopes of being fed. They didn't bother us or get too close, they just stood nice and still like good models posing for the camera. It was after we had lunch and headed down to the main promenade that we saw why they were expecting food from us. It seems that's the local attraction and tourists feed the pelicans for a show there. I have to admit -- it was pretty incredible to watch.
When Ollie came here with his family as a child, they rented boats and went fishing along the river that leads to the lake. How amazing would that be for kids? That plus the warm water and ample pelican feeding would be heaven at that age. It's like duck feeding x100. I would have gone crazy over it! There actually was a little girl that was having the time of her life and it was so freaking cute. I think I caught it on video so I'll let you know once I've got that up. Way too cute to miss.
Like I said, we spent a little more time here than we had expected. It turns out that I'm not the best at speedy road trips -- I'm way to easily distracted! A beautiful view and waves crashing on the beach can have me in a trance for hours. Luckily, Ollie is much better at keeping a schedule than I am so he kept us on track.
So after stopping for lunch, watching the pelicans and walking along the cute little promenade, we hopped back in the car to head up the coast. I'll have the next leg of our trip up in a couple days!