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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Made my day..A Tawny Frogmouth

So much to see and do at Kiama that we decided to book another night at the caravan park. At 30 dollars a night with free electric we thought it reasonable and being almost on the beach, a bonus.

Van and my brothers car. So grateful to Andre for letting us use the car. Saved no end of cost for the six weeks.
Before heading to Fitzroy Falls no visit would have been complete without going to the famous Kiama Blowhole. Not as good as normal because the wind was in the wrong direction but still pretty impressive. Being told of another smaller blowhole 5 minutes furher along the coast it was another 'had to see if it was any better'.


Kiama Lighthouse by the blowhole

Little blowhole not so good
 So then it was off to the Falls. Just happened to be on Tuesday (Melbourne cup race day) and we had been warned that during the race everyone on this side of Australia, especially near Melbourne, would down tools and watch the race. Thankfully we were already walking along the boardwalk so none of it interfered with our visit. The impressive 81m waterfall, from which the town takes it s name, is one of the many natural falls that runs alongside the creek. At the top of the walk is a lookout with spectacular views of the falls and surrounding area.





On route back to the camp site we spied a sign for Carrington Falls. Hard right turn took us along a road which ended just after a small single track river bridge. Unfortunately due to forest fires a couple of months ago the rest of the way through the forest had a huge locked gate strewn across the entrance .so no chance of walking to view.




Another 'on route' stop. Jamberoo lookout
Wednesday we were woken at a silly time. Our neighbours in a small camper van kept opening and closing the side door and talking very loudly without any thought to those still trying to sleep. Oh well we wanted to get away fairly early to do the tree top walk at Fly.


Tree Fern


Long way down

Above the tree tops


120 steps to the top

View from the top of the tower



And seen from the steps on the tower a male Tawny Frogmouth with female on the nest. The chick had not long hatched according to the rangers, about one day old.

Male



And the chick with mum.

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