The Disappearing Ship...!

Trip Start Aug 14, 2010
Trip End Aug 05, 2011

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Urunga Rest Area

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Thursday, February 17, 2011

Raymond Terrace to Urunga
Total Roadtrip Distance so far… 7,032km

Driving up the highway we spotted a “Fauna Crossing Overhead” sign and then copped that the wildlife cross the road on the giant hammock like walkways hanging over the highway!  Quite strange but great idea!  We stopped off then in the little town of Bulahdelah for some petrol and ice for the Esky.  We were then back on the road and continued on to Taree where we popped into the Visitor Information Centre with lots of questions for the helpful laid back middle aged man!  It was then into town to Big W for a new mattress (our old one had developed a very annoying slow puncture which meant we woke up in a big hole in the middle of it halfway through the night!) and Woolworths for some food supplies and the essential home brand Corn Flakes!  We pulled up for lunch then in the Taree Rest Area.  

After lunch we continued on to Port Macquarie where we stopped to check out the three-masted trading ship that we’d read about.  It’s called the Alma Doepel, built in 1903 and is apparently quite an impressive sight! We walked out to the Waterfront but could see no ship!  We were beginning to think we were in the wrong place so we popped up to the Visitor Information Centre and they told us that it was moved to Victoria a couple of years ago - oops! Another thing Lonely Planet will have to update.  

We had a bit of a wander around Port Macquarie anyway before continuing on through Kempsey and in the direction of Macksville where we were planning on staying in “Paddy’s Rest Area” for the night.  Well, we found “Paddy’s Rest Area” but we also found the gigantic metal signs that were posted throughout the area saying “No Camping, Penalties Apply” so that was the end of that plan!  We decided to just continue until we found somewhere where we could park up overnight.  We found a perfect place in Urunga and it even said on it’s welcome sign that we were “welcome to stay here overnight” - sorted!  So we parked up, cooked and relaxed with a beer listening to the sound of the trains passing nearby before heading to bed after dark.
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