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Tallebudgera Creek - Day 4

Day 24 - Monday 21 July 2014

Forecast for today was partly cloudy and a maximum of 21 degrees. This morning we had a brief shower or two but decided to continue with our plans to go for a tourist drive. We drove down to Tweed Heads and visited the Tourist Information Centre looking for information on some of the local tourist drives. As we drove up from Yamba last week we had noticed signs for several tourist drives but needed a bit of info on where they went. We settled on the Border Ranges Circuit which took us south east from Tweed Heads through Murwillumbah to Kyogle.

Di near the mouth of the Tweed River

Di near the mouth of the Tweed River

Jack Evans Boat Harbour at Tweed Heads

Jack Evans Boat Harbour at Tweed Heads

While the drive took us through picturesque country-side the road was very winding and narrow with no opportunity to pull off for photo stops. For most of the trip we had an 80 kph speed limit which was almost unattainable given the rough road conditions. The Border Ranges Circuit took in the Tweed Valley Lookout, the Pinnacle Lookout and the Blackbutt's Lookout and included about 48 kms of unsealed road. By the time we got to the start of the gravel road it was 4:30 pm and we were concerned about continuing and ending up finishing in the dark. The gravel road had already deteriorated into a narrow muddy track so we gave up and returned the way that we had come, there being no other alternative route back to Tallebudgera. In any event we did most of the return trip in the dark.

End result no photos from the Border Ranges.

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Tallebudgera Creek - Day3

Day 23 - Sunday 20 July 2014

Forecast for today was a maximum of 22 degrees with some cloud and the chance of a shower later. Being Sunday we made a slow start to the day and after an early lunch decided to walk around Burleigh Head to Burleigh Beach for a coffee. However our plans were foiled as the lower track is closed after a rock fall. So we retraced our steps to the caravan park and drove to the nearby Nineteenth Avenue Shopping Centre for a few essential supplies.

Tallebudgera Creek - no sand dredge this year

Tallebudgera Creek - no sand dredge this year

Looking west to the mountains from Tallebudgera Creek

Looking west to the mountains from Tallebudgera Creek

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Robina Shopping Centre

Day 21 - Friday 19 July 2014

Another beautiful day in paradise - sunny and 20 degrees and thankfully no wind. After a leisurely breakfast and a read of the Saturday papers we decided to head for the Robina Shopping Centre - its enormous, on three levels, and probably as big as Chaddy in Melbourne. The first problem is where to park - all the car parks have 2.3 metre height limits and we were not certain how high we are with the roof rack loaded. We found a car-park where you could drive on to the top deck so gave it a try - we did not ring any bells so all is good - it turned out that we are just under 2.2 metres.

Since we left home David has been looking for another pair of Scholl Orthaheel walking shoes - he bought some black ones in Hobart and has since been looking for a pair of brown shoes. While Scholl advertise that the shoes are available from The Athletes Foot shoe stores - we have found that while they were available in Hobart, we have been unable to locate any in Melbourne, Sydney or the Gold Coast. Most stores only stock the Scholl orthotic inserts. One store in Sydney did offer to order them. David settled on a pair of Florsheim All Terrain walking shoes with a gel heel.

We also made a visit to the Telstra shop for a pre-paid 4G USB dongle. Since leaving home we have been using our Samsung 4G mobiles to connect the laptops to the internet. However each phone has a 1 GB download limit which has proved to be inadequate. The USB dongle came with 2 GB of included data available for 30 days for $69.00, and can be recharged with 4 GB of data available for 60 days for $50.00. This should keep us going until we get home.

After a couple of laps of the shopping centre we went down to the restaurants on Level One near the Lake. We had a very nice lunch with a couple of reds - Di had a healthy char-grilled lamb with mediterranean salad, and David had Sicilian Linguini.

Back at camp we went for a walk around the caravan park for a few photos.

Tallebudgera Creek

Tallebudgera Creek

Tallebudgera Creek again

Tallebudgera Creek again

Burleigh Heads boat crew - I think they need the practice

Burleigh Heads boat crew - I think they need the practice

Burleigh Heads boat crew under way

Burleigh Heads boat crew under way

Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool

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Tallebudgera Creek - Day 1

Day 20 - Thursday 17 July 2014

A beautiful day on the Gold Coast today - sunny with a maximum of 22 degrees. We are now in shorts and hope to remain that way for a month or so now. Lots to do today - find a supermarket and do a full shop, a pharmacy to get our scripts filled, Caltex/Woollies for fuel, a BWS for liquid refreshments, Bunnings for a few odds and ends and Repco for some blade fuses. Not knowing exactly where all these places were and relying on the GPS to find them we seemed to go up and down Reedy Creek Road about six times.

No Photos today.

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Yamba to Tallebudgera Creek

Day 19 - Wednesday 16 July 2014

No rush today as we only have 190 kms to travel, so after emptying our holding tanks we were on the road by 10:00 am. We stopped for a coffee and papers at Woodburn before continuing on to Tallebudgera. We arrived just after 12:30 pm and booked in for two weeks on site 98, a premium site closer to the water than our previous visits. The Park is located on the Tallebudgera Creek which is between Burleigh Head and Palm Beach. As it was threatening to rain we completed a full set-up with awning and shade screens before stopping for a late lunch. It will be nice to sit back for a couple of weeks and enjoy the warmer weather.

Site 98 at Tallebudgera Creek

Site 98 at Tallebudgera Creek

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