The weather was a bit of a mixture today – couldn’t quite work out what it was going to be like, but settled for warmish. Decided to go for a drive to the Minnamurra Rainforest. Went out through Kiama and Jamberoo until we got to the rainforest. It cost us $11.00 (per car) to go into the reserve, but it was worth it. The walk is all on boardwalk. It says part of the walk is wheelchair accessible, but even that part would be pretty hard going pushing someone. However it was a fairly gradual incline so we decided I’d go as far as I could and then turn back. As it was I got about halfway round, so if I kept going I probably could have completed it distance wise, but the section on from where we stopped was pretty steep before it started its descent. It turned out a good choice anyway, because on our way back we saw an elusive water dragon sitting on a rock in the creek, and also an even more elusive lyrebird. I saw the bird scramble under a rocky outcrop beside the boardwalk, then Bill spotted it where it came out the other side. It went down to the creek, scratched around a bit and then had a bath in the creek. We stood watching it for quite some time. Unfortunately it didn’t spread its tail feathers so we didn’t see the lyre. Actually it was probably a female.
We bought a lovely owl in the Visitor’s Centre, and Bill bought himself a peaked cap with a lyrebird on it. We then went down to the Lyrebird Café and had lunch. Bill had a pie and chips and I had wedges and sour cream. Nice.
Back to Kiama where we stopped to have a look at the Old Terrace shops – some nice things, especially in the antique shop (which was absolutely crammed to the gunnels with mainly small objects and books). She had a lovely, tiny owl – but wanted $85 for it, I don’t know why. It was about the size of the top half of my thumb. MacRobertson Golly badges were $45 each. Apparently the shops were original houses for quarry workers in Kiama.
By this time I was quite knackered, so Bill walked back to where we’d parked the car and picked me up at the end of the terrace.
Back to the van where I rested for a while and the weather decided it was going to do what it had tried to do on and off during the day – rain.
We decided to go to the Seahaven Café for dinner. Unfortunately, despite what it said in the guide book it was locked up tight as a drum. So we went to Jack’s Grill at the pub again. Bill was going to have flathead fillets again, but they had sold the last, so he had a beef burger and I had the risotto balls again. Both meals were lovely. We had our usual flutter on the pokies, and after spending 50c I scored the feature and picked up $23 dollars or so. This was helped by picking up the feature again during my free spins. I kept playing until I had $20 left, at which time I pulled it out, up $10 on our original investment.
It began pouring rain just as we got back to the van.