A Travellerspoint blog

September 2016

Seal Rocks Caravan Park

Monday 5 September 2016

Fine and sunny today with a temperature of about 18 degrees - cooler than the Gold Coast but we are slowly heading home.

The Seal Rocks Caravan Park is undergoing a major re-development which started last year with an upgrade to the sites at the rear of the park. This year the front section of the park is being redeveloped.

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Set up on Site 66 at Seal Rocks Caravan Park.

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Entrance to the Seal Rock Caravan Park.

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Construction site at the Seal Rocks Caravan Park.

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Camp Kitchen at the Seal Rocks Caravan Park.

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New cabins under construction at Seal Rocks Caravan Park.

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View from the beach at Seal Rocks.

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Another view from the beach at Seal Rocks.

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Nambucca Heads to Seal Rocks

Sunday 4 September 2016

Happy Fathers Day to all the fathers out there - David got calls from both daughters today to wish him well.

Weather today was fine and mainly sunny for our 255 km trip to Seal Rocks today.

After emptying the holding tanks we were on our way at about 9:20 am and headed south towards Macksville to rejoin the Pacific Highway. As we approached the Macksville Bridge two wide load escorts came over the bridge and motioned us to stop. We thought that the lead escort was giving us a two-fingered salute, but in fact he was indicating that there were two wide loads to come over the bridge. We waited and took some photos as they came over.

Just south of Macksville we joined a recently opened section of the re-built Pacific Highway that took us all the way to Kempsey. Needing fuel we left the highway to go into Kempsey to find a servo to fill up with diesel. As we left Kempsey to rejoin the Pacific Highway we found a Service Centre on the highway - we could have saved ourselves the detour had there been a sign north of the Kempsey turnoff to tell us that there was a Service Centre just down the highway.

South of Kempsey we spent a long period under 80 kph speed limits as this section of the road to the Port Macquarie turnoff and further south is still being rebuilt. Its no wonder Scomo says the country is broke - all the money is being spent on new roads in northern NSW.

Just south of Taree we turned left onto the Lakes Way which took us through Forster-Tuncurry to Bungwahl where we turned left for Seal Rocks. Its a good job that we were not looking for fuel at Bungwahl as the blackboard at the servo announced "No Diesel". The Seal Rocks Caravan Park is undergoing a re-build and the entrance resembles a bomb-site. We were allocated Site 66 for four nights and received a 10% discount because of the works that are going on. The Site are all a bit squeezy and we were left over-lapping the site behind us.

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Wide load escorts coming off the Macksville Bridge.

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The first wide load over the Macksville Bridge.

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Here comes the second wide load across the Macksville Bridge.

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Nambucca Heads

Thursday 1 September to Saturday 3 September 2016

Weather mainly cloudy with cool breezes. Friday was quite windy from the north/north-west, but on Saturday the wind went around to the west at a similar strength - 25 to 30 knots.

Thursday was a quiet day with a wander around the shops at Nambucca Heads - Di managed to find a frock shop or two or was it three!

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Thursday's weather photo at Nambucca Heads.

On Friday we drove back to Coffs Harbour, firstly to get some Bio-Magic from Watsons Caravans, and secondly to drive down to the Harbour for a coffee. It was too windy for a walk around at the marina - 30 knots at least which explained why all the prawn trawlers were tied up at the wharf. The rock wall that protects the marina, and also provides access to Mutton-bird Island was closed. The level of the wall is being raised with 1,200 12-tonne concrete blocks to provide additional protection for the marina, which was significantly damaged in the East Coast Low in June. Two yachts were also sunk at the marina during the storm and the Marina Office extensively damaged.

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Wave action at Coffs Marina during the June East Coast Low.

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Marina at Coffs Harbour.

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Rock wall pathway to Muttonbird Island closed for improvements.

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Too windy for the prawn trawlers to go out today.

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Looking across Wellington Beach at Nambucca Heads.

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Looking south from the end of the rock-wall at Nambucca Heads.

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Waves breaking on the bar-way at Nambucca Heads.

On Saturday we drove up to the Pub with no Beer at Taylors Arm, which is about 40 km from Nambucca Heads. Our trip took us south to Macksville where we turned west for Taylors Arm. At Macksville the road authorities are in the process of building an enormous bridge which is part of the Pacific Highway upgrade between Kempsey to the south and Nambucca Heads to the north. At the Pub we both had rump steaks and without doubt the steaks were the best that we have had for sometime. The meat comes from a farm down the road owned by the publicans - just goes to show that the closer you can buy your meat to the farm gate the better it will be!

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Rustic interior of the Pub with no Beer.

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Di outside the Pub with no Beer at Taylors Arm.

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Sunset on Saturday night at Nambucca Heads.

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Tallebudgera Creek to Nambucca Heads

Wednesday 31 August 2016

Weather forecast was fine and mainly cloudy for our 355 km trip today.

We were packed up soon after 9:00 am and after a few good-byes to friends in the caravan park we were on our way by about 9:20 am. Our first stop was at the Wardell Rest Area where we got our morning coffees from the food van set up in the rest area. We stopped for fuel on the outskirts of Grafton before continuing on to the McPhillips Rest Area 7 km south of Grafton for a lunch break. As we continued south we drove though multiple road works areas where the Pacific Highway is being upgraded.

Just north of Coffs Harbour we were slowed again to get past the scene of an accident where a car had been pulled out of a small lake beside the road onto the back of a break-down truck. There were numerous Police cars and emergency service vehicles causing the trafic to merge to one lane to make it way past.

Near Urunga we were diverted onto a recently opened section of the Pacific HIghway that took us all the way to the Nambucca Heads turn-off. This section of road is about 25 km and was under construction last year when we were here.

We checked in to the White Albatross Caravan Park at about 3:00 pm for four nights and we allocated waterfront site 18 on the lagoon. No annexe to worry about here, so we were set up with a couple of shade screens in a couple of hours,

Once again we had a wonderful sunset across the Lagoon.

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Sunset over the Lagoon at Nambucca Heads.

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Tallebudgera Creek - our last couple of days

Monday 29 August to Tuesday 30 August 2016

Weather forecast was quite good for both days so we decided to leave packing up until Tuesday, as we will be leaving early on Wednesday morning.

One of our neighbours in the caravan park had a boat on his roof rack together with the trailer and the outboard motor. Not sure why we worry about about the weight of our gear on the roof of the Navara.

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Boat, trailer and outboard on the roof rack.

It took us about 6 hours to dismantle the annexe and get everything packed away. The annexe travels on the roof rack of the Navara and will not come out again until we get back home. When we finished packing up we headed over to the the Talle Club across the road for a final meal.

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Another sunset over Tallebudgera Creek.

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