South golden beach....

Trip Start Jan 08, 2011
Trip End Dec 20, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Monday, October 3, 2011

Day 268 ;

Day 5 Australia road trip

kilometres travelled ; 442

Today...left hungry camp ground and set off in search off Nambucca heads... Well we found it, found the v wall which was the reason for the quick visit - a breakwater, rock wall as part of the jetty, doesn't sound so interesting??? Except that people are allowed to come and leave their own art, their mark or whatever - so you have a pretty boring wall, made a little more interesting, fun to see anyway, read peoples marks

Onwards, and following the highway, slightly inland where we reached Grafton, thought we'd make a quick coles stop, can't remember what for, but anyway we're not quite sure if it was us (this means Phil, so not in fact us!) that set off a fire alarm that evacuated an entire mall. And not a small one either...
So we're walking along through the basement carpark, smoking, I chuck my fag, stamp it out and we go through the doors, next thing an alarm starts sounding through the entire mall, we go up the escalators, everyone looking a bit confused but not doing anything so we carry on, go into coles, looking around, siren still going, still no one leaving, then a voice comes on through a speaker system, evacuate, evacuate, this is an emergency. Finally everyone starts leaving in a hurry. We did a runner, not hanging around to find out... Might of just been coincidence, but we were certain it was us in our minds so got back to the van, quickly!!

Out of grafton we took a tourist drive, between grafton and Lawrence which was pretty cool, they have these tourist drives signposted everywhere and they are nice n scenic, so take in.a bit of the countryside, give you a break from the motorways and keep you from clogging up their roads I guess!!
Joined the motorway again and not long, took.a road off heading towards iluka, checked out a few places, see if we could stop for the night, but found a beach, ten mile beach!! Sat on that for a while soaked up some sun, took a wee stroll, beach was kind of in a bit of a state, think they'd had some kind of storm, which had battered the woods right on the beach front, loads of bits of trees all washed up on the shoreline.
Drove on to woodburn, wardell, ballina, then a lovely coast road up to and through lennox head and eventually reached Byron bay, not too impressed with it so just drove straight on through...!!! Probably great if you want to meet, drink, surf and spend loads of money, something that is very very limited at the mo so drove on through....
Hit the highway again and it was getting pretty late by then, missed a turning for somewhere we had planned to check out, south golden beaches and came across a rest stop , starting to fill up with vans, that was good enough for us!! Drove in, parked up, cooked up some food and called it a day, didn't have to worry about being moved on which is a plus. Must of been 15 other campers in there of all sizes - must be in some book or something because it looked pretty popular!!
Bit further on than we had planned, but not missed too much, still saw a lot of places, and we're going in the right direction!!!
Driving today, we've noticed a whole lot of trees, areas of trees burnt and blackened, bush fires, but had no idea quite how big a problem it was, everywhere we've been we've seen these burnt out trees - pretty bad!!
It's definitely a whole lot warmer too, even just a few hours north, and you can feel a difference, don't need the sleeping bag, liner, and fleece, in which you would still wake up shivering!! It's good to feel warmth!!!

Randoms from the day -

Bloke saying take that you French scum on the radio
Sign saying Don't be a tosser, with a picture of a hand holding a beer - drink driving
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