We moved out of our house in Bondi and picked up the van on Saturday. Our new rented Apollo campervan is awesome, a million times nicer than the van we stayed in when we did the Great Ocean Road.
It has a fridge, sink, water pump, microwave, hob, a very nice seating area and you can stand up inside it. All our stuff fits perfectly, and we couldn’t be happier with it. It was so worth splashing out and getting a fancy van this time.
Newcastle – Yamba
We stopped by Newcastle and spent the first night in Myall Lakes National Park. We saw a dingo that night, and went for a walk along the beautiful beach in the morning.
Then we drove to Seal Rocks, another part of the national park, with a historic lighthouse and lovely views. Spent our second night south of Port Macquarie. It rained a lot, and in the ladies shower, on the back of a shower curtain, I saw the biggest spider I have ever seen. I think it was a huntsman. It was the size of a teacup.
The next day Mike tried out the surf in Port Macquarie. 15 minutes after leaving me with a book on the beach, he came back with a broken board – it turned out the waves were a bit too big.
Stopped in Coffs Harbour for a picture with the Big Banana – one of the original ‘big things’ on the coast.
We camped in Woody Head near Yamba for the night. There was lots of little kangaroos jumping around on the site, and it had a beautiful view of the ocean.
When you roll into Byron Bay you get what they mean about the hippie vibe – there’s a lot of long hair, people walking around barefoot, buskers on the street, and people offering tarot card readings. The main street is lively and vibrant, and there seems to be a lot going on. On our first night we stayed within walking distance of town and the beach, and went out to have a look around.
The beach is great, but then so are almost all the beaches I have been to in Australia. I definitely think Australia has the best beaches in the world. It’s crazy, almost all of them are spectacular. Mike rented a surfboard in the morning.
Then we did the Cape Byron walking track, which is a little track that goes around the Cape and up to the lighthouse and with great coastal views. It also includes Australias most easterly point.
Mike went for a dive in Julian Rocks Marine reserve, he said it was spectacular and they saw nurse sharks, turtles, cods and lots of other things. Then we drove on towards the Gold Coast.