On our way back to Jamie’s parents place we stopped at the Beckom rest area in New South Wales for lunch. It was a very quiet rest area that had toilets so it was quite the plus for me! That painting was done on the side of the toilets and it says “Home of the Bunyip”. This is what I grabbed off of Wikipedia about the Bunyip and it was pretty much what Jamie told me when I asked him what the hell a Bunyip was.
The bunyip, or kianpraty, is a large mythical creature from Aboriginal mythology, said to lurk in swamps, billabongs, creeks, riverbeds, and waterholes. The origin of the word bunyip has been traced to the Wemba-Wemba or Wergaia language of Aboriginal people of South-Eastern Australia.
So, that’s a Bunyip lesson for you that I bet you didn’t know you needed to know!
While we were at the rest area there was only a few people that passed in and out, really quiet area to make lunch. Make lunch we made indeed, nothing special, just some ground beef and chorizo. Duncan thought it was pretty neat to be able to run around without us pulling him back because there were trucks around or streets. He got up and down from the bench as he pleased and even sat on top of it.
This is the first time he has ever really been “camping” as we are calling it so he is getting all these new experiences that he probably won’t remember much of but we will remember it and have the pictures to tell him that he was all these places. Naturally, he’ll say something like he doesn’t remember it so it never happened.
While lunch was cooking he got a bit thirsty because exploring makes you that way. So, Jamie made him up some milk.
Of course, you can’t make it without the boss supervising you so, he had a bit of help.
Can’t tell that they are father and son, can you?
I think we ended up spending about an hour or so there altogether just chilling out and eating. We had the time to pass so it wasn’t a huge deal which was a bit nice.
Of course you have to do the touristy thing and take pictures in front of the things they had there, and that was two poles (although you only see one) which had the names of places on it. It was hand painted so it was really cute. We thought this rest area was really nice, I’d definitely stop there again.