Camping with Kanga’s

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Diamond Head Campsite – Crowdy Bay National Park - Laurieton

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Monday, September 20, 2010

During the night we had been joined by 5 campervans, 1 tent and 2 articulated lorries but hadn't heard a thing. The weather was miserable and again both of us woke up shivering.  I think that it was 6am when we set off for Byron Bay, there wasn’t any other movement around the lay by.  It took the time it takes to eat 5 cinnamon doughnuts for us to arrive in the charming oasis that is Byron Bay.  There were people out jogging along with their dogs, others power walking and just a general sense of the outside life being lived to its fullest.  Immediately I felt guilty about the doughnuts.  We drove up to Clarkes Beach and watched loads of surfers braving the elements.  Next we visited Cape Byron and were met by an outstanding view of the cape half way up towards the lighthouse.  Apparently some days it is possible to spot migrating Humpback whales from here including the famous Migaloo who is the only all white Humpback in the world but alas, we didn’t spot him or any of his friends – shame.  Byron Bay really was lovely and if it had been a nicer day we would have definitely spent a day or two there but as it was we continued on through Ballina with it’s very ominous looking 'Big Prawn’ and on to Coffs Harbour which had been recommended to us by the lovely couple who we had a drink with the other night under their veranda.  On the way we managed to find a K Mart so popped in to have a look for a duvet or doona as the Aussies call it.  Fortunately we found one that was 16 Dollars so snapped it up as it would also come in handy for New Zealand, no need for the Ethiopia Airlines socks tonight!

Arriving in Coffs Harbour we immediately saw a sign advertising whale trips for 29 Dollars each!  We parked up outside the shop and enquired about the trip – surely that was the price for a child?  No, it was correct but the trips only went at 9.30am each day and we didn’t think the place had enough to keep us entertained all day in the rain so we took a rain check on that one hoping to do a similar trip when we get to New Zealand but with the potential to see different species of whale.  On the way out of town we happened upon the ‘Big Banana’ – gosh we were really being treated to the sights today!  From here it was a pretty uninspiring drive to Port Macquarie, it wouldn’t have been if I’d realised that we were in the vicinity of Mylestom where Graeme and Nelly had told us we must visit Ted’s Shed to buy some delicious oysters, whoops – sorry Andrew chief navigator fails again. We would also have liked to drive in land to Armidale along ‘Waterfall Way’ but we wanted to make Port Macquarie before dark and find ourselves a camp site.  Port Macquarie was a beautiful beach town, really green and really lush but dusk was setting in so we headed for the camp site we had decided on at Crowdy Bay National Park.  Immediately as we left town we were amongst fields of wild kangaroos and this time we managed to stop and take a few photographs as proof little did we know this was just the beginning of the next few days ‘Roo Fest’. 

We found the road to the campsite and began our 5km dirt track adventure.  We were going deep, deep in to National Park territory and we kept catching glimpses of the burning pink sky behind the trees as the sun went down.  Eventually we came to Diamond Head Campground which it turned out was almost on the beach and as we pulled on to the site there were kangaroos EVERYWHERE!  They were just hopping around peoples’ tents and caravans having their supper totally oblivious to all the people around them.  We got the stove on and had lamb burgers with potato salad and pasta it was a weird concoction but lovely all the same.  It had gone dark so we didn’t take a walk on the beach but vowed to have a morning walk after our good nights sleep under the new duvet.
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