Thoughts on Location No 14
Dolphin Point, South Coast, New South Coast
With a site only available for two nights at the Dolphins Point Tourist Park, our stay in the tiny little township of Dolphin Point seemed, and (I guess) was, merely the landing spot for a hop, skip, and a jump along the road to another location.
We didn’t explore the local area, but Dean managed to have a surf and I was able to take a short drive back up the road to Ulladulla to buy groceries.
The park itself lies on the south side of Burrill Lake entrance and was – I’m not quite sure of the right word, so I’ll go with – unusual. Unusual for a couple of Queenslanders who have never been in this part of the country anyway. Hot water was available in the amenities for the princely sum of two twenty cent pieces. This provided running hot water for a grand total of four minutes. Two one dollar coins provided power to operate a washing machine for 60 minutes.
I only did one load of washing, but I’m sure had I tried harder, I could have managed two loads before the power cut out.
Something we have noticed, the further south we travel, is the increasing prominence of permanent sites, and not simply permanent sites that are dwellings – places where people or couples or families call home either. But permanent sites that appear to be weekend ‘get-a-ways’. There are rows and rows of them, standing vacant, waiting for their owners to arrive and love them for a day or two.
They mainly consist of older style caravans that fell out of 1970 directly onto a concrete slab and have since had demountable dwellings erected in their (very close) vicinity. The van and demountable have then gone about attracted accessories. Roofing structures, verandas and (for those endowed with extra space, and extra money) a carport. All permanent fixtures, all adding to the ‘glory’ of a place to escape to on the weekend.
Many verandas contain the familiar outdoor table and chairs, a chained up bike or two, and a BBQ squashed in the corner. Most also include the roll down, zip close, plastic sheeting that creates weather proof see through walls around the veranda.
It was these weather proof walls that helped me realise why there are so many of them.
We’ve reached the part of the Australia that is cold in winter.
I’ve only now realised I should have taken a photo or two, so I guess that’s something I’ll place on my ‘to do’ list.
Dolphins Point Tourist Park, Seven Mile Holiday Park and Windang Beach Tourist Park contained more of these permanent dwellings than caravan or camping sites. At Dolphins Point we were assigned a ‘site’ located at the end of an internal road way, in front of, adjacent to, and over from seven of these dwellings. The designated area we were required to remain within was marked out with blue spray paint. (We laughed.)