Rained off....

Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
Trip End Mar 23, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

While we were going through the purgatory (?) that was the Yuraygir Coastal Walk, we met, I think, only three or four other groups of walkers. We chatted with one of those groups and Dan got a hot tip from one of the guys, that rather than spend time in Byron which (in his opinion was not particularly attractive), we should consider going instead to Brunswick Head which was a nice little town with a nice beach and, more importantly, a lovely pub with a fantastic beer garden. The Lonely Planet backed this up when we checked so as we had time to kill before reaching the Surfers Paradise area at the weekend, we decided to both Byron and Brunswick.

It wasn't actually raining when we arrived in Brunswick. But it very soon was. We immediately set about getting our tents up in the dry and then it rained. So over lunch, we re-checked LP and discovered that there's a spectacular 100 metre high waterfall not far from here. Well, it might be not far from here but it seems it's along a series of roads that don't appear on my "Australia Road Atlas" or more astonishingly, on the Lonely Planet maps in the book that recommends it. Nevertheless, we followed our instincts and eventually found a signpost to the M?????? (will confirm when LP available) Falls - 18 kilometres away. After about 14, we came to a ford in the road. We stopped as it looked deep. Helen's car had been making sad complaining noises all day and we didn't want to push our luck. So I bravely got out to check the depth and just as I reached the middle a juggernaut came from the other direction and checked it for me. About nine inches or so - before the bow wave. We had a quick look to make sure the car didn't have a low level air intake like some apparently do and went for it. No dramas!! And on we went. We went up through the (first layer of) clouds, we passed random schools in the middle of nowhere and we kept following the signs. Eventually we reached the information board that told us to should go left to the viewing point (0.5 km) and right to the falls (1.2 km). Sadly both roads were barriered closed to all vehicles, horses and pedestrians. We considered ignoring the safety signs and going to the viewing point a mere 0.5 km away on foot but realised that with visibility at approximately 200 metres, there was probably little point. So we went back to Brunswick where, surprisingly, it was still raining.

There was a high point to this trip though and that was finding a supermarket which had a skim board on sale at $5. Bargain. In the back of the car it went for future use. I think that it probably didn't occur to us that in a state that we later discovered had an average February (and March) rainfall of over 160mm, our opportunities for using this implement were likely to be limited....

We've had a good thought though. If the average Feb rainfall is 160mm, we're almost certainly due eight dry days from now on!

So we got all dressed up for our sojourn to the Brunswick Arms, in particular to enjoy the ambience of the beer garden. It was raining - and raining hard. So we played Grass again. I almost won (but didn't). Helen wasn't happy at being beaten by a country mile - but she's apologised now for her reaction!

The tented city did it's job that night. Dry as a bone....

After the approximately 50mm of rain the following morning (er please revise my forecast - seven dry days from tomorrow!!), we decided to hit the town and beach - with the skim board, of course - and check out the surf scene. Skim boarding isn't actually as easy as it seems it should be. We will be seeking some hints on Youtube this evening after our second attempt to experience the nightlife of Brunswick Head. I've a feeling we might take the Perudo to the pub to see if we can get the same effect on the locals that Steve managed to get in London... 

Post script: We didn't take the perudo...
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Jane on

I guess that rain is a touch boring for the slideshow................am sure all will be well at Coolangatta and Labrador...? Just think - this may be better than Criccieth!

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