Nambucca Heads

Saturday 28th April, (Nambucca Heads).

We went for a tour of some of the local scenery today and this time when we drove along a forest drive we were quite surprised to see exactly that. The forest is called Way-Way, and it is situated a few kilometres south of Nambucca, we mainly only drove along the road to get to a lookout but were surprised to see what we did and it made the trip well worth it. The lookout was a little disappointing though; it was advertised as a 360 degree panoramic view and it might have been if the mountaintop wasn’t covered with towers and buildings to house the associated equipment. The views were still worth the trip, except it was a little hazy so the pics didn’t turn out too well.

We also visited the ‘Pub with no beer, the pub made famous by Slim Dusty’s song and about 20 kms west of Nambucca, and saw what we expected; a country pub taking advantage of the publicity it has received, but still I can say I have seen the pub with no beer.

Nambucca Heads

Thursday 26th April, (Nambucca Heads).

I discovered last evening, while checking my banking details, that my health insurance company have not been deducting my contributions for coverage for the last three months, I had detected that this happened two months ago, can’t remember mentioning it before, and enquiries with them did not really reveal a reason for this but they did ensure me they would rectify the situation. Imagine my surprise to find out it is still happening, considering that they told me today that due to being un-financial we would not have been covered if the need arose, but believe me I have insisted that until they do rectify the situation we would be covered and they agreed, but repayment of any claims would only be made when I become financial.

Our next door neighbour, with his local knowledge and contacts, warned me this evening that there was a severe thunder storm on its way to this area and it would be likely that hail would accompany the storm. With the history of large stone being the case in local storm he suggested covering my car. His suggestion was to park my car in the car park under the local hotel, as there was plenty of room, but my ideas were different; I figured that if this situation was going to occur once, then it is bound to occur again so I decided that it would be advantageous to have my own remedy in providing cover in the event that one could not rely on under cover car parks being in the location when it does happen again. I measured the awning on the caravan to see if the car would fit in it, and surprise, surprise, it would fit with 200- 300mm clearance to disembark the vehicle. The car was parked under the awning, another tarp was placed across the front of the awning to fully cover the front of the car and all was well and protected. The problems that arose were that of not being very much room to exit the caravan, and now limited shelter to go out and have a smoke, so when the storm arrived and passed by us without hardly a drop of rain I have decided that if I am to come up with my own idea then it will have to be some other method such as a tarp supported by poles to cover the vehicle in the normal outside environment. If I was to come up with a satisfactory system I could use it on a regular basis as normal parking in caravan parks is generally under trees and, especially when it rains, they shed sap and such which stain the car and sometimes takes a polish to remove it. So I will put pen to paper and keep an eye out for a suitable tarp, price taken into account, and see what I can come up with.

We located and visited the local information centre today to see what there is to do while we are in the area. After studying the info we received we found places to visit like Bellingen and Dorrigo, which have scenic lookouts and waterfalls and such, but the problem being is that they are about a 100-150km drive to see, and we have in the past decided, along with Linda’s dislike for continual long trips; of which I cant disagree, that we would not make such trips to visit places as eventually we would be back in the area and have an idea then what to look out for and camp in an area that is closer. This also would save a lot of unnecessary travelling, putting a lot of extra mileage on the vehicle, which I am hopeful of lasting us for a long time, as it really is an ideal tow vehicle. There is also the “pub with no beer” in the area, which is reasonably close, so we would feel obligated to visit there out of curiosity if nothing else. There are also a couple of other places within that area we could drop in on as well while we are going there, so that should fill in a day for us.

The caravan park is situated around a lagoon, and on the other side of the lagoon is the break wall on the river inlet. A local tradition in the areas around here are for people to write graffiti, for the want of a better term; but neat graffiti, on the large rocks on the break wall and some of them are quite catching, like the one below that would be my philosophy nowadays if I had thought of it.

Nambucca Heads

Wednesday 25th April, (Nambucca Heads).

We have moved on to Nambucca Heads, about 50km south of Coff’s Harbour. White Albatross is the name of the park we are staying at and a very nice park it is, it only emphasises the reason we are enjoying this lifestyle and gives us the feeling that we could just stay here and relax and do nothing, not that we do a great deal but relax anyway. I think the week we are booked in here will be easily filled in as there are a lot of walks in the area and I should finally get that fishing license and do some fishing, I actually got my gear out the other day and cleaned the reels and checked me gear to make sure I have enough: and it seems I do, so now all I have to do is use it.

We seem to have hit it off with a couple in the caravan on next-door site; it has only been our first meeting. They are in a different situation where they are still working and waiting for the day when they can pack up and travel under the same circumstances, the main thing that stops them is the fact that they still have one child at home. I haven’t as yet determined what his occupation is, or what times they work, but they mentioned they take 5 days off at the end of each month and get away in the caravan.

We saw another, what we called, wonder of nature today as we noticed some fish jumping out of the water in the lagoon we are parked next to at the caravan park. To our knowledge we have not seen fish jumping like these do, not so repetitively anyway. Our new friends next door tell us they are Leaping Mullet and they jump out of the water quite frequently and the unfortunate thing about them is they just won’t be caught on a rod. Catching one, if it were possible, would be a waste of time anyway as Linda said she never would be able to cook, let alone eat, one because it would be like doing the same to a pet.

Port Macquarie

Sunday 22nd April, (Port Macquarie).

Linda has made friends with the local parrots. She started off feeding them some bread, apart from the bowl of feed she leaves out for the birds wherever we are camped, and when she started to feed by hand several started to approach to take it from her, now the message must have gotten around the parrot population and she is overcome with parrots climbing all over her to be fed. They even queue up on the ropes to get their chance.

Port Macquarie

Saturday 21st April, (Port Macquarie).

After a reasonably good day it is now 5pm and raining and is forecast so for the next few days. We went for a trip to a small town west of here today and visited an attraction called Timber Town, which is a replica of a very old village. The most surprising thing about this place was the FREE ENTRY; yes I said free, I don’t know how they manage, financially, to keep open unless most of the workers are volunteers. They had demonstrations such as stock whip cracking, Bullock teams pulling logs and other displays such as wood turning and blacksmithing, and all still free. There was a steam train ride and carriage rides, for which there were charges, but apart from this the sales in the shops were the only financial income they had. All in all it was a very enjoyable place to visit and reminisce about old times, fortunately I personally wasn’t bought up in the same conditions as demonstrated here but my early life did have some similarities.

Over the last couple of days we have spent most of our time walking along the numerous walks provided in the area and snapping heaps of photos of the area, which is rather picturesque.