Port Stephens

Monday 7th June, (Sydney, Port Stephens).

I am now at Soldiers Point, Port Stephens, 50k odd north of Newcastle, and it is a lot warmer. I have been here since Wednesday and although it has been rather cool some nights it is almost a temperature I could get accustomed to, but we will see what Linda thinks of it when she comes over on Thursday and make a decision as to how long we stay here. I do think we will be heading further north though.

I left Goulburn on Tuesday last week and was just happy to leave there, an overnight stay was had in Sydney on Tuesday and then on to here. I met up with Sue in Sydney for a few hours and talked, we had a good chat, I think she is now half accepting that the planned reunion at her place later this year may in fact not eventuate through a lack of interest, it all seemed like a good idea in the first place anyway.

I am a little surprised with Port Stephens area in the respect that there are not as many travellers here as I thought there would be. It seems that it is not quite warm enough here for those who venture north for winter and it seems the peak period here doesn’t start until about October.

While here I have had the chance to check out some of the other parks, or at least the council ones as they seem to be the better value, and are in better areas, and it seems I may have not made the best choice in selecting Soldiers Point. The Shoal Bay park seems to be a much more suitable park as the layout is better, with concrete slabs, and closer to varied things to do, eg bushwalks, but we may as well stay at this one this trip and remember the other for when we may return one day.

As I mentioned Linda is flying over on Thursday, and her original plans were to catch trains from Sydney to Newcastle, but now it seems a better idea for me to drive to Sydney and pick her up. With her original plans she wouldn’t get here until 9 or 10 PM even if she did have no trouble selecting the correct trains to catch, and according to the radio there are disruptions to rail travel with line upgrades, so this could also confuse her.