Paradise 2022

Paradise 2022

In late February and early March the Australian east coast was battered by a low pressure system, dumping unprecedented amounts of rain. In some places a years worth of rain fell in one day. Flooding was widespread. Tuggerah Lake rose by 1.34 meters, which is classed as a moderate flood level for this low lying area. While the flood water encroached into our back yard, it thankfully didn’t reach our house. But there were warnings the lake may rise further.

So the 2022 trip to our Paradise near the Murrumbidgee River was in doubt for us. Fortunately a few days before our departure date the flood waters receded and the ground around us started to dry out.

However, there was also some concern about access to our hidden valley beside the river. We all questioned, “Were the dirt roads into the valley damaged by rain?” “Was the river too high to allow for camping?” Again we were fortunate. While the river level was high, it did not pose a problem for camping. And only a normal amount of rain had fallen in the area, so the roads were no worse than usual.

In Praise of Caravans

Some people like to camp in tents while others prefer camper trailers or Motor homes etc., etc,.. Our caravan is our home away from home, providing a comfortable bed, good refrigeration, storage to keep food and clothing dry, running hot water, a shower, a toilet and safety from most storm activity.

The evening of Sunday 13th March, our first night in Paradise 2022
Ruth and Mike, also arrived on Sunday and shared a beautiful Monday morning with us

What a privilege to visit this place of solitude, away from the devastating situation in Ukraine, the economic and political challenges with China and the messy state of Australian politics in the lead up to the 2022 Federal election.

Maggie reading under the shade of our awning
Mike taking it easy

Norm and Di arrived Sunday, before the remaining three couples
And we all shared the paddock with at least one cow this year
The river level was high due to heavy rain further north
Time for a walk to access information from the outside world
Mobile connection made and all was okay
Heading back to camp
The holy tree, foreground to the endless flow of water now engulfing the previously established river banks
Freshly cut wood from fallen branches, made ready for the night’s fire

Posing Trees

There are such expansive views in this valley

Stopping to look and reflect upon the rugged beauty helps one feel the peace and serenity of this land

The unusual light in this scene grabbed my attention

In many places small rocky outcrops break through the earth

The weather was good despite the cloud cover, which complimented the sun’s and moon’s light in the sky and on the hills.

Two nights before the full moon
One night before the full moon
Full moon reflecting on the river, Friday 18th March

Time Spent at Jugiong

Well, our time in Paradise has come to an end once again. I hope I’ve conveyed how special our slice of paradise really is.

Peace to all.

  • Wayne Richmond
    Posted at 14:57h, 28 March Reply

    Amazing! 🙂

    • alistairstravel
      Posted at 15:12h, 28 March Reply

      Appreciate your comment Wayne.

  • Marg M
    Posted at 15:31h, 28 March Reply

    Perfect weather by the look of it, Al. Love the moon shots, and the vivid pink clouds. What a great place to get away to. Paradise, indeed!

    • alistairstravel
      Posted at 16:11h, 28 March Reply

      Yes, perfect weather and a peaceful place to stay, Marg. Our choice of dates to visit usually coincides with a full moon, but we can’t always guarantee the cloud cover to enhance the scene.

  • Robert R
    Posted at 15:53h, 28 March Reply

    Great photos. Looks like a place to visit.

    • alistairstravel
      Posted at 15:59h, 28 March Reply

      Certainly is a place to visit, although it is private property, so one does require permission from the owner.

  • Barbara Wood
    Posted at 15:11h, 29 March Reply

    Thank you for the beautiful photos Alistair, you really captured a perfect week. Having no rain was such a bonus as well.

    • alistairstravel
      Posted at 16:06h, 29 March Reply

      Thanks for your comment Barbara.

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