Cycling Rest Day

(13 Kms walk)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Kiama - Gerringong

Another fine day, and Jonno was again up early, this time for a 16km run. Leaving Georgia in bed, Simon and I cycled into Kiama to pick up sourdough rolls from Flour Water Salt and enjoy a morning coffee in the sun.

Back at camp we had bacon and egg muffins for breakfast and planned our rest day. Jonno had the great idea of catching the train to Gerringong and walking back along the coast path to Kiama. Clearly a 16km run was not enough exercise for the day.

Ready for our walk

We had allowed plenty of time to walk to the station, giving me the opportunity to duck into a cute little gift shop en route, Elsie and Sam. I emerged with two pairs of earrings as the perfect mothers' day present.

The late morning train was crowded, and it gave us an insight as to what to expect with our bikes the next day. The two-carriage diesel train did not have a lot of room for bikes, meaning that we would need to unload our gear to manage the bikes on the train.

It was about a 4km walk from the railway station along Werri beach to the start of the walk. We could just make our way around the tidal Werri lagoon to pick up the trail.

Werri Lagoon

Start of the track

The 6km walk ran along the edge of pastoral land with undulating green fields on one side, and endless ocean views on the other. It was an absolutely stunning walk and we enjoyed every minute of it. We could occasionally see the railway line as it emerged from tunnels carved into the hillsides.

We ate lunch overlooking a remnant of rainforest, feeling miles from civilisation, then made our way past rocky inlets to Loves Bay and Kiama heights.

Family photo along the walk

Ocean views over green rolling hills

We passed lots of residential building work and detoured through Easts Beach caravan park – which was enormous, and we were convinced we had made the right choice to stay at the more conveniently-located Surf Beach. We stopped for a while at the Little Blowhole which was erupting frequently, causing Jonno and Georgia to flee to avoid getting soaked.

Fleeing the Little Blowhole

Back at the campsite, we showered and made a chicken curry for dinner – appreciating the fry pans available for use.

Jonno and Georgia rating: 8.5/10

Learnings: some people wear very little to walk the Kiama coast path – shoes and t-shirts optional