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Published October 3rd 2012
Chill and just be
Do you want to relax, unwind and just be? I really did. I was lucky enough to know someone who knows someone that happens to have a little house just across the road from Callala Beach and I stayed in it for free.
I took off with my husband and daughter in tow. The car was packed with food that I had made, a few books, DVD's and 'junk food'. We headed south onto the Princes Highway from King Georges Road, drove past Wollongong, through Kiama and then through the very beautiful town of Berry. I was tempted to turn left and go through Kangaroo Valley but that would have to wait for another trip, I just wanted to get there. We drove past so many towns, seeing some very beautiful flame trees and making a lot of mental notes to stop at these places at another time. With my 80's music blaring, almost three hours after leaving home, we finally got to our destination.
clear blue sea
My neighbour for the next two days, George, told me that the houses across the road are visited by their owners every weekend during off peak times to upkeep the properties. During peak season, they usually rent the houses out to visitors that just want to get away. The off peak season prices for accommodation range from $195 per night and can go up to over $300 per night depending on what your needs are. Some of these properties are found at Accommodation
Just down from Shoalhaven Heads and across from Nowra, this beautifully peaceful part of the world had everything I needed and that was not a lot! Callala Bay has a community centre right on Quay Road, just 100 metres from where I was staying. There were tennis courts as well as a picnic and BBQ area if you are inclined, I wasn't. I wanted to walk along the beach, talk to people, build a sandcastle or watch one being built and just relax and enjoy myself.
There were some very impressive sandcastles being built mainly by the dads of small children, it truly looked as though the dads were having a better time the littlies, a few of them enjoyed the sea even though it was way too cold for me.
I watched a grandmother teach her grandchildren how to count and write numbers in the sand, she spoke to them with love that only a grandmother can have and had the patience of a God! It was very beautiful to witness and brought a smile to my face.
There were quite a few dog walkers with their pooches on a leash, all ready to be patted and loved by passers-by. There was one dog in particular that didn't care about anything but his Frisbee. His owner would fling it in the air while he took a run and jump to grab it between his teeth.
He would then proudly take it back to his owner ready to go again. He didn't seem to mind the sand in his coat or the freezing cold water, he looked perfectly happy.
As I walked further along the shoreline, I saw an armchair, yep, an armchair, bogged in the sand looking as though it had been there for quite some time. It was as though Mother Nature was saying 'take a seat, relax and enjoy,' rather than 'oh, look at what the tide brought in.'
Have a seat
Walking from one end to the other, it was time for me to head back to the house. As I headed back, I thought about how wonderful it is to be in a place that is far away from everything yet close enough to everything if needed. From the wild flowers in the back gardens of the beach front houses to the little daisy's that popped up anywhere and the huge lizard that walked past me and made me scream was nature at its finest.
You wrote Callala Bay, instead of Callala Beach in your blog. Callala Bay is east of Callala Beach, and has a notably different demographic. Callala Beach is a fantastic place to chill out. Thanks Trevor