There is nothing better then jumping in the car with tent, camper trailer or camper van and leaving the city on a Friday afternoon. One of my favourite places to go is about 2 hours south of Sydney to a little coastal town called Gerroa.

Drive up to the headland and adventure around Black Rock Reserve

There are two caravan parks in Gerroa. There is the Discovery Park which is situated a bit further from the beach and the one that we always stay at is the Seven Mile Beach Caravan Park. They are both situated right on the river, but the Seven Mile Beach Caravan Park has direct beach access from the powered sites. The unpowered sites are on the other side of the road, so i recommend getting a powered site for the location. Both parks are great locations and you will be happy staying at either.


The bridge leading over the creek to Seven Mile Beach

The Seven Mile Beach Caravan Park has great facilities with an awesome camp kitchen that even has a pizza oven. There are two pools through the park and they even hire kayak for a paddle up the river.

The Discovery Park also has a great camp kitchen, pool and good facilities and the trees in the non powered sites are perfect for hanging a hammock between which is a real draw card for me.
 The flat rock at Black Rock

If you are a backpacker / traveller driving from Sydney to Melbourne and looking for places to stop, then Gerroa is the perfect location. There are plenty of options for accommodation from caravan parks for your camper-van or tent as well as small cabins ranging from basic to deluxe. The other option is looking to rent a house as there are plenty of coastal rentals if you check on Air BnB.
 
The surf at Seven Mile Beach has something for everyone

There are so many things to do, from surfing or surf lessons, to fishing, kayaking, exploring the headlands or tackling the 22 km walking track between Gerroa and Kiama. A short drive away is the beautiful town of Berry with little shops, their famous doughnut van, artisan bakery and a small bottle shop with a large fantastic range of craft beers.

Some huge backwash at Black Rock Reserve

There are a couple of options for eating in Gerroa. There is the local cafe/restaurant called The Blue Swimmer. They have a great breakfast menu and the dinner menu is fantastic. You should try the beef cheek or the slow roasted lamb shoulder.

If you are looking for something cheap and easy the local kiosk does takeaway food and has basic supplies. The breakfast wraps are very tasty and hit the spot after an early morning surf.

The Fishermans Club at the top of the hill has the best views over Seven Mile Beach. Definitely a place to go and enjoy a beer watching the sunset over the hills and beach. They also have  a great bistro that serves up big meals.

Just a short drive away is the town of Gerringong and there are plenty of options here for eating as well as an IGA supermarket and bottle shop.

There are so many more things to do in the region and you can find heaps of information on the local tourist information website here.
 
Seven Mile Beach Bridge

Having bought a camper trailer we headed off down the south coast of New South Wales to one of my favourite spots, Bendalong Point. It rained so much which made photography tricky. Keeping equipment dry and trying to get some shots between the rain was fun.
One of my favourite bays to explore early mornings
Looking back over Stingray Bay
Stingray Bay with boats launching
Walk around the little headland to Washerwomans Beach
I got a bit wet getting this shot.
 

So I was lucky enough to spend some time at Spot X Surf Camp which is run by Mojo Surf. Having beach access directly from the camp is what makes this place so special. This place caters for everyone. If you are just after beach front accommodation, beginner learn to surf lessons or you want to join their ever popular surf academy, Mojo Surf Camp has it all. The surf academy is an awesome concept where you live in the camp for up to three months and you can even complete your surf coaching accreditation at the end of it. You get video analysis, fitness training, surf theory and endless hours surfing.
 
Boosting high
Get up early for the amazing sunrises
 
Getting There:
Spot X is located around 30 minutes north of Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales coast of Australia. You can get there by driving or public bus with Greyhound or Premier. You just get off at Woolgoolga and the team from Mojo will pick you up. I went with Contiki on their trips which stays there. You can go with Contiki from Sydney all the way up to Cairns and also stopping off at Byron Bay and Noosa as well. Quite a few surfing options as well as awesome adventure and making so many new friends.
 
The Headland from the beach right in front of the surf camp
Sunrise at a beach just over the headland
Eating:
When you choose surf academy, beginner surf lessons or if you arrive with Contiki like I did, all of your meals are included. The breakfast is Continental Style with cereals and toast. Lunch is a mixture but usually there are wraps or rolls to make sandwiches. Dinner is always a variety and there is always plenty of food to refuel you after surfing all day.

You can choose to stay in a tipi

Accommodation:
Spot X offers quite a variety of accommodation. From the Tipi's shown above to water front cabins, there is something for everyone. There are powered sites if you have your own van, campsites, or the converted container ships are great re-purpose built rooms.
 
Straight across the bridge and onto the beach
Surf lessons for beginners are the most popular at Mojo Surf


Other Activities:
When you have finished your surf lessons you can do some of the other activities that they offer. There is kayaking, ocean rafting, stand up paddle boarding, slip and slide, volleyball, and kangaroo golf. Kangaroo golf is at the local golf club where the driving range has hundreds of kangaroos on it. Nothing more Australian than that! There is huge TV's in a cinema style room as well as my favourite thing, the camp fire! So you can see, there is plenty to experience even if you don't want to do surf lessons and just do there stay packages.

Overall my review of this place is super positive. The accommodation might be pretty basic, but it is comfortable and the location is killer. It really is the positive vibe of the place that sucks you in and it is no wonder many people end up staying for 3 months or longer.
 
If you have read this far you must be keen, so get amongst it....YEEEW
 
There are always options for waves for everyone 

The magical place that is Byron Bay makes you want to stay. The beaches are so amazing and the vibe of the town is something else The mix of people and the lifestyle is awesome. Whenever I am leaving Byron it never feels like I have spent enough time there. Take me back now!
Sunrise over the bay
Don't you just want to be there right now
Can you spot the lighthouse

There have been plenty of storms around in Sydney lately. I went chasing lightning the other day and managed to catch a couple of strikes and fun clouds. Then I sheltered under a ledge from the rain and storm and then managed to find others enjoying the nature show.

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Lightning Strikes
Don't forget your umbrella
Storm Front
Storm heading out to sea

The Waverley Cemetery is on some of the most prime land in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. It is quite an iconic cemetery set on the tall cliffs and hearing the waves crashing below is quite peaceful. This early in the morning there are still many people jogging and walking between Bronte and Clovelly. There wasn't much happening with the sunrise as there was quite a lot of clouds around but the long exposure gave some drama to them.

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I really like the drama of the clouds
There are some really amazing memorials here
Flowers, Light and Gravestones
How about the view from here

I am really enjoying the sunrises at Bronte Beach at the moment. The beach is a little bit less hectic than Bondi but the jostle for the best places for shooting the sunrise are a battle of the photographers. It has really been making me work on different angles. Fun times!
Bronte Beach Sunrise Delight
Ready for Action
Looks Calm but it is Dangerous
Long Exposure Rocks & Waves
Just watch the sunrise show

I don't think that it really is possible to get sick of Bondi Beach as a photographer. There is always something different or things happening that you can shoot. I have shot plenty of sunrises and it is rare to walk away without some good shots. The terrible weather that we have been having lately has made it challenging to even get out of bed.
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The green rocks at South Bondi are interesting to photograph
Bondi Icebergs Pool and Restaurant
Reflections are fun to shoot
There is always something happening at sunrise at Bondi
It is always changing at Bondi

The Bronte Beach Pool is a magnet for photographers. On any given Saturday or Sunday there will be at least 5 other photographers there trying to capture the sunrise. This morning there would have been close to 25 photographers shuffling around the pools edge jostling for the best positions and frustrating each other by getting in the shots. I wasn't worried as I felt that it showed what it is like there every weekend. .
Bronte Pool
Bronte Cliffs
Bronte Swimming Club
Bronte to Bondi
Great place to swim some laps
Bronte Boggy Hole
How great is the Bronte Pool. No wonder the photographers flock here

It may be cold, but even the blues of winter at the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney beaches are beautiful. This collection of photos are all long exposures. They range from 30 seconds through to a few minutes of exposure which helps smooth out the water and makes it look like a ghost town. I really enjoy shooting long exposure photos as it really makes you slow down end enjoy the moment as well as capturing something amazing.
Bronte Beach
The cliffs between Bronte & Tamarama Beaches
Bronte Beach
Perfect rock fishing spots at Bronte
Winter sunrise over Tamarama Beach
Bondi Beach Sunrise

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