Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Discovering Nowa Nowa and Lake Bunga
I have just had one very blissful week sans kids at my parent’s holiday house near Lakes Entrance. It is a true slice of heaven and I can honestly say there are not many places where I would rather be spending my time. My parents bought in with 19 other families sight unseen to save this delightful beach house from being bought by developers. My Mum is one of those hippy dippy types who has strange occurrences like a “calling” that she MUST visit the Lake Tyers area and then moments later my Step Dad walked in saying we have had an offer to buy into a beach house at Lake Bunga, you guessed it.....right next to lake Tyers.
Anyway its 22 years later and I have spent many a wonderful holiday here as a single young girl with my friends, with various boyfriends, overseas friends and now my children who have grown up spending their Summers here. We have the lake on one side of the house where we can watch swans and sea eagles soaring and from the front porch we have 90 Mile Beach which is a 5 minute walk away. A big old Wombat ambled across the lawn the other night which was lovely. There is no TV, radio, internet so it is a true get away.
My dear friend Catherine spent the week with me and we took a day trip to Nowa Nowa which is the most delightful TINY town filled with a bunch of amazing, friendly artist types. There is a great old Collectibles Store which is always fun to have a look through. It is open on weekends and during the week they will open up on request. We wandered into the Nowa Nowa Caravan Park, which I discovered 2 years ago and fell in love with. There are a bunch of old caravans that you can stay in for $55 a night per couple, that is practically free in my books. It’s kooky and zany and right up my alley. They have recently acquired some old vintage doer uppers which make my heart swoon...sigh. I filled them in on dear old Constance and Rosie. Anyway we came across a group of women bottling apricots in the outdoor kitchen and the sight made us both want to pack it all in and move to Nowa Nowa immediately and be part of this delightful country living.
One of the women Angela suggested we go visit her artist husband Gary Yelen at their gallery/guest house about 1 km down the road and then another 3 kms through the countryside to their lakeside property. He made us a lovely tea and coffee and the 3 of us chatted out on the deck in the sunshine. We had a quick look of the house that can be rented out. It was amazing, very eclectic and arty and awesome. Gary did alot of the work on the guest house himself. They do hold a few retreats there which to me sound like bliss. The property is for sale for 1.3 million for 100 acres which reminds me I need to check my tatts ticket.
We tore ourselves away and went back to town to the Mingling Waters Caravan Park and had one of the talked about hamburgers for lunch before setting out for the art work along the river. We both fell in love with a little house called Home and its little shed called Birdie, also owned by the Yelens and there is a proposal to make Home into a delightful little Cafe. I can only imagine how delicious the offerings will be.
So if you find yourself driving towards Orbost from lakes Entrance on the Princes Highway, DONT blink pass this place by.... pop in and see what this lovely arty town has to offer.
My beautiful children have now arrived for a week of fun then it's back to start a great new business year.