Bundanon and Pelican Rocks

13 May 2024 / Story: Bob Downing; Photos: Rose Smith

Bundanon and Pelican Rocks

The late withdrawal of Anne and Graeme and Kim and Fred meant that only Geoff, Rose, Ian and Bob met at Tomerong on a dismal showery morning, definitely not tops down. After successfully negotiating the major road works at Jervis Bay road we had an uninterrupted run to Nowra, where the usual traffic hold ups at the numerous traffic islands and lights served to slow down our progress through the city. Once across the bridge and into suburbia our pace quickened along Illaroo road until we came across the “damaged pavement” section; it has been in this state for at least 5 years with no sign of repairs being carried out. Finally the road improves with some great MX5 twisties through Tapitallee and a final steep drop down to the Shoalhaven river at Bundanon.

 Waiting for us in the rain was Paul, we ventured up to the cafe where we enjoyed coffee, cakes and discussions about all things MX5 and made plans for the Brass Monkey run. All of a sudden we realised that time had got away from us and we should by now be making our way to Pelican Rocks, a quick photo stop and we were on our way.

A quick change of route saw us retrace our track back through Nowra and the sometimes disaster of a road through Terara and Jindy Andy to arrive at Pelican Rocks only 5 minutes after our booking. Here we were met by Johnette and Tony Badger and Linda, making a party of 8 for lunch. As usual the food was superb and again the chatter around the table covered many subjects, all too soon it was time for me to leave, the remainder of the group stayed to chat for even longer.

Bundanon with its Art Museum and Bridge student accommodation is unique in many ways and offers superb views along the Shoalhaven river valley, even on a damp and dismal day. Pelican Rocks never fails to disappoint, always serving up first class food.  Another great MX5 day out.

PS I even managed to run top down from Huskisson to Vincentia, maybe 6km, enjoyable nevertheless.


Bob Downing