Aussie gap year Shoardaling along

Kiama - Nelligen - Brogo - bega

We left our home and families on the 2nd February 2017 for a week of rest in Nelligen after many weeks of long days and late nights finishing renovations and packing up our home for the arrival of our tenants. We embarked on more than one adventure that week by also becoming teachers to our children through distance education and having to learn and navigate the new world of online schooling.

We caught up with Aunty Margaret and Uncle Richard over a few days. One night we spent an amazing evening listening to Irish music at the Nelligen pub and then packed up in the rain to head to Brogo and Bega.

We spent time with Aunty Bernie and Uncle Richard over some beautiful meals and met their neighbours and got to swim in their pool on a very hot day! We went to the Bega Cheese Factory and again packed up in the rain and after some goodbyes and off loading some excess things, we headed off to Eden.


We met our first valued travellers Pip and Di at the local caravan park and were given many wonderful tips for campsites and wonderful things to see. We visited the Killer Whale Museum, rode around a beautiful lake and saw many historic whaling fixtures.

Boyds Tower in Ben Boyd National Park


Feeling much more relaxed and getting into our travelling groove now.

Manual capstan winch where a rope would be wrapped around the bottom (hour glass shape) and timber poles put in the top holes, and with two poles and two men to each pole, they would walk around and the ropes would pull strips of blubber being cut off the dead whale to be boiled and have the oil stored in the metal boxes at the rear of the photo.

After lovely weather and a dry pack up, we exchanged contact details with Pip and Di and headed off to Mallacoota and set up at our first free camp at Genoa.

Female wren


At the Mallacoota Art Gallery, Josh found this amazing handmade dream catcher made from washed up pieces of boating rope and was given permission by the artist to climb it. It took about 30 hours of labour to wind over 100m of rope around an old trampoline frame and using half hitches to form this beautiful piece of art.

Mallacoota and Secret beach with a secret cave and some large goanna tracks.
Genoa River Bridge is a timber truss bridge built in 1927.


Justin & Megan Shoard

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