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Nambucca Heads - Day 8

Day 112 - Saturday 31 August 2013

Beautiful one day - perfect the next, 14 to 25 degrees and sunny in Nambucca today.

Today we decided to do the tourist thing again and drive along the Waterfall Way that runs from Urunga on the coast to Armidale on the New England Highway, 145 km inland. We only went as far as Dorrigo which is about 750 metres above sea level, stopping for morning tea at Bellingen. The dairy industry around Bellingen crashed in the 1960s with the rise of the European Common Market, and Rainforest logging ceased altogether in 1975. From the 1970s until the present, alternative life-stylers purchased land in the area and constructed owner-built homes.

After morning tea at the Old Butter Factory, we went for a walk around Bellingen, which is something of a haven for artists, craftspeople, writers, musicians and horticulturalists. One interesting building in Bellingen is an old style department store - Hammond and Wheateley. We made a small purchase while we were there - a pair of very superior Heaven brand stainless steel secateurs with wooden handles which turned out not to be made locally, being imported from the UK - but still good value at $40.

Old Butter Factory Cafe at Bellingen

Old Butter Factory Cafe at Bellingen

Court Yard at the Old Butter Factory

Court Yard at the Old Butter Factory

Bellingen Main street

Bellingen Main street

Hammond and Wheatley old style department store at Bellingen

Hammond and Wheatley old style department store at Bellingen

Old Style interior of the store

Old Style interior of the store

From Bellingen we drove on to Dorrigo which involved a climb of more than 700 metres up 30 km of windy, narrow road - not a good candidate for towing caravans, either up or down. After a visit to the local information centre we drove to the nearby Dangar Falls, then moved on to the Never Never Picnic Area in the Dorrigo National Park for lunch. After lunch we drove to the Griifiths Mountain Top Lookout to take in the views across the Dorrigo National Park.

Dangar Falls at Dorrigo

Dangar Falls at Dorrigo

Close up of the Dangar Falls

Close up of the Dangar Falls

Never Never Picnic Area in the Dorrigo National Park

Never Never Picnic Area in the Dorrigo National Park

View across the Dorrigo National Park

View across the Dorrigo National Park

View from the Griffiths Mountain Top Lookout at Dorrigo

View from the Griffiths Mountain Top Lookout at Dorrigo

Another view from the Griffiths Mountain Top Lookout at Dorrigo

Another view from the Griffiths Mountain Top Lookout at Dorrigo

Newell Falls on the Waterfall Way

Newell Falls on the Waterfall Way

View from the Newell Falls Rest Area

View from the Newell Falls Rest Area

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