Eden – Our Refuge

Eden – Our Refuge

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"NO MORTGAGE, NO MOWING" - The Grey Nomad Journeys of Keith and Frances Thompson

Eden – Our Refuge

Our part of the Park - Alone!
Almost Empty Caravan Sites
 
March 25, 2020
Finally got our Landcruiser back Tuesday morning (25th) and having to leave the Bega Showgrounds had arranged a booking for at least 27 days at the Discovery Park at Eden where we had last been before Bega. It was quiet when we were here before but this time, with the majority of travelers finally heeding the advice to go home, it was noticeably empty as the above picture across the central area shows.

When checking in there was no news on how long we might be able to stay after the 27 days so it was a little unsettling if we were going to have to find another park to sit the Covid19 situation out. While we had been in Bega without a vehicle the Prime Minister had twice asked for “no non essential travel” and we were trying our best to comply. We would have originally at least gone back into Queensland, although not into Brisbane to increase our exposure risk. Frances especially would love to be closer to all the family but the reality of the Queensland border being placed in quarantine conditions the day after we got the cruiser back it was going to be difficult to attempt. In view of the situation evolving daily we decided that Eden was as remote as we can get down this coast. At 470km from Sydney, and only 40km from the Victorian border there is no township further South than here.

 

 
The good news on our second day was that we were going to be able to stay, as the NSW Government had issued a directive that caravan parks must close to casual travelers but should provide accommodation to all “nomads” who have no place of residence, and for essential workers. As the park here has some permanent residents it has to stay operational. We now have only one amenities block open and all other park facilities closed (Pool, camp kitchen, games room, etc.) We apparently have around 15 residents and less than 20 “campers” (4 caravans, 3 camper trailers and one motorhome) here in a Park which has over 340 sites, cabins and onsite vans….at least we have a beach:
 
Boydtown Beach
 
..and so here we sit until this whole crisis is ended; stay safe everyone..we are doing our best here!
 

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Bega – The Town

Bega – The Town

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Bega – The Town

 
March 17-24, 2020
Bega as a town is the regional centre for the area having by far the largest range of shops and services with both Coles and Woolworths Supermarkets, Target, BigW and many local shops and service industries. It also has the regional Hospital, opened in 2016. A few interesting old buildings and, of course, the Bega Cheese factory, which we didn’t get to being without our Landcruiser for most of the week waiting for parts to arrive. The workshop finally finished it on Tuesday morning having worked on it on Sunday as well. Here are a few images of various aspects of the town and a look at the Bega River and the proximity of farming to the very edge of the township.
 
Littleton Gardens, Bega

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Melbourne to Brisbane 6 – A Bega Breakdown

Melbourne to Brisbane 6 – A Bega Breakdown

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Melbourne to Brisbane 6 – A Bega Breakdown

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Bega Showgrounds.003
 
March 17- , 2020
Leaving Eden after a very pleasant four day stay we detected our Landcruiser sounding a bit “tractorish” along the way North in the exhaust at the very front so decided to check for a suitable workshop in Bega to look at it. With a lack of easy parking near the workshop which was recommended we drove around to stay at the Showgrounds. Plenty of space and all the basic amenities including a laundry the fees are only $20/night. We booked in for four nights (until Saturday) and went in search of the mechanic.

The end result was that we had cracked the front pipe and manifold and so parts were required which were going to take 2-3 days so we settled in for an extended short stay. Most parts arrived Friday morning and Bode, the mechanic is working on it over the weekend as I write this (he works any day of the weekend) is the local go-to man for race and rally cars etc, as well as the exhaust specialist in town. A couple of other minor issues are being taken care of at the same time as well as giving it a Dyno Tune while we’re at it; an exhaust manifold was not available from Toyota so we are fitting extractors which hopefully will give us some small performance and fuel economy improvements!
 

 
Due to the Corona virus situation the Showgrounds decided on Wednesday that they would close for camping as of Friday and everyone had to leave, except us because we have no vehicle. So here are campers starting to move out and the end result with no one here but us by Saturday morning!
 
Bega Showgrounds-a Motorhome Leaving
Bega Showgrounds-only us left
Bega Showgrounds-the Official Sign

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Full Range Camping is aiming to be the leading reference website for caravanning and camping in Australia; Keith works part time for FRC while on the road, both researching new and existing sites and providing database management for the site.

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