Winter is here – it’s getting chilly and the days are much shorter.  It takes a super human effort, just to climb out of our warm sleeping bags in the morning.  We have to though, to cover the distance, and to make sure we get to Melbourne on time.  And it’s not a party we are going to be late for!

Aside from winter closing in, the past weeks cycling has actually been quite pleasant.  The Princes Highway is relatively quiet, and the coastal towns along the South Coast are incredibly quaint and picturesque.  You get the feeling nothing happens here quickly though, unless of course the fish are biting or the surf is up!

In between the towns, and backing right onto the coast, are state forests, national parks and rural farmland.  Here, the cows have the best views!  Maybe that is why the cheese is so good?  Or maybe it is all the exercise they get, catching waves and running along the beach, while we are not looking??

Just north of Narooma, we saw our first road sign to “Melbourne”.  It was a very special moment.  For over 17 months Melbourne has been our unseen destination – now it is right in front of us, in reflective silver and green.  It’s hard to believe, but we have only two more weeks to go!!

From here we leave NSW, and ride through the East Gippsland region of Victoria.  We’ve given up saying “It’s all downhill from here”, it never is, but at least we are getting closer.

Enjoy the ride

Jules & Jess

On the Manly ferry, bound for Circular Quay

No fireworks, but still impressive. The Opera House and Sydney CBD.

2 bikes, 2 Aussies, with 2 "famous" Aussies in the background

Coastline south of Sydney. Views from the cliff not good enough - get a parasail!

Sea Cliff Bridge just north of Wollongong. We rode along it... Woohoo!!

Picnic lunch in picturesque Kiama. The start of the South Coast (sort of).

Its getting chilly in the mornings. Lake Burrill, just near Ulladulla.

"Melbourne", we are getting close!

Sleepy Narooma, on a bright and sunny winters day

Cows with views. Stunning rural coastline near Tilba Tilba.