We then headed off to Manley another area that was beautiful and had a really nice vibe
. It really gave us a feeling of how big suburbia is in and around the Sydney and Melbourne areas. We finally managed to get back to Sydney driving over the Harbour Bridge and ended up finding a camp site. It was starting to get to the stage to clean out the van and this took a couple of hours (can we just note that we will not be leaving the remnants of a fried egg in the frying pan as the people who had the van before us did). Packing up our ruck-sacks again felt really strange, and this time we had a camp stove, two chairs, a couple of chopping boards, a kitchen knife, tea towels and a washing up bowl to fit it – all we were missing was the kitchen sink. We got our final self cooked tea in Australia and had another chicken thigh satay with linguini (one of our favourite camping meals). We had a hard task polishing off the rest of the booze we had left over and ended up watching a film on the laptop while it rained and gale force winds beat the van outside. We watched Precious which was a really good and challenging film. We have really missed being able to use electricity (although it was charged in the camp kitchen) and watch all the films that we have amassed on the laptop. We went to bed stinking of red wine and gin and fell unconscious rather than asleep.
We were in McDonalds at 5.30am getting a caffeine fix before the rest of our drive to Sydney. I think we set off at about 6:00am for the last 300km. We set off on the drive and decided to continue the soap theme and go and see the Home and Away sets north of Sydney at Palm Beach, we drove around trying to find anything that looked familiar, needless to say, as it had been years since we had watched the show nothing really did until we stumbled upon the golden sand dunes right at the far end of Palm Beach . Unfortunately there was no Alf Stewart to be found – gutted just an empty beach. This took up quite a lot of the morning and we did get to see some filming but it was in a car park and we recognised no-one. Other than that it could have been anywhere but the area was lovely.