To take advantage of Easter long weekend we decided to rent a car to Canberra.
In Australia, Friday AND Monday are off. However, this is not a good time to travel because the prices are extremely high and places are expensive!
We take you to get eggs in the bush, bring your sneakers!
D1 | Jervis Bay
Jervis Bay is at 3 hours from Sydney.
We started our day with Booderee National Park. Here you will find beaches with white sand, light blue water and some hiking trails.
The park costs $ 11 a day by car. (only cash)
We opted for the Old Murray Track, trail really different than the bush. We are here in a very fire-sensitive area and it is a burnt vegetation that we could observe, an impressive landscape.
The park is populated with birds, you just have to look up to see a lot of different birds, including parrots.
In the afternoon, we head to Hyams Beach, the world's whitest sand beach.
During the weekend of Easter, you won’t be alone on the beach, it can be crowded but after this period, it will be quiet place to contemplate the horizon. Be careful though jellyfish, blue jelly fish may be present.
d2 | Batesman Bay
We continue our journey to Batesman bay. (2h from Jervis bay)
Batesman Bay is a small town at the water's edge with little interest for tourists. If you stop there, go eat at the Indian restaurant Kohli's Waterfront Indian, the food is good, generous and the service very pleasant.
We spend our second day at the Murramarang National Park located about 30 minutes from Batesman Bay. The park costs $ 8 per car per day. Only coins are accepted!!
This park is famous for the presence of kangaroos. To be sure to see them, arrive early, you will avoid the crowd and the possible mistrust of kangaroos.
But, they are there and easy to observe. Stop at Pebbly Beach and you may find them sleeping on the sand.
We continue, with the ascent of the highest point of the park, Durras Mountain, 293 m. The hike is nice, and even a weekend of Easter we were alone on the trail. Count 2:30 round trip.
J3 | Canberra
Count 2h30 from Batesman bay to reach the capital. Canberra is famous for being in the middle of nowhere, it is indeed a very quiet city.
Stop at Arboretum park. A peaceful place where nature takes over after a devastating fire. We really advise you to stay there for the sunset. The place is very nice and you will have a view of the whole city.
The next day we went to the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. The Unzoo in Tasmania (to learn more about our trip in Tasmania, it’s here 😊) made us want to retry the experience.
The reserve is correct but nothing more. You can see Koalas, the only "attraction" that is worth it. We didn’t find the reserve very interesting, a little disappointed, maybe more for the kids. ($ 12 per car)
We then go to take our lunch on the Mount Ainslie.. The view is very nice.
Finally, we finish the day with some photos of the Parliaments and the visit of the Australian War Memorial, famous in Canberra.
The museum is free. The visit is interesting, we discover the world wars from an unprecedented angle.
D4 | Kangaroo Valley
We rested at Moss Valey in a very charming Heronswood HouseB&B. The breakfast is very generous and Australian, the hosts are very nice.
To finish this long weekend, we decide to rent Kayaks to cross the Kangaroo river. We chose Kangaroo Valley Kayaks, count $ 40 for renting a single place Kayak.
The ride lasts 6 km about 2 hours depending on your physical condition and your desire to take pictures.
The river is quiet and without difficulty. It really was our favorite of the weekend, relaxing. You can admire many species of birds, we had the chance to see an eagle, many iguanas also. If you are there in July-August you will surely have the chance to see some wombats!
While you are in Kangaroo Valley, don't hesitate to stop and observe the 81-metre high Fitzroy Falls!