On the Coast
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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Yuraygir National Park Lake Arragan/Red Cliff camp ground.I
Mileage 3649. Fees $10 pppn, collected diligently by a Park contractor every day.
This national park is the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in NSW with wide empty beaches, startling red cliffs and a quiet lake. Facilities are compost toilets, firewood and amazing natural beauty.
We have previously taken photos of kangaroos hopping down to the ocean's edge just at sunrise here, but although there were kangaroos in abundance none of them seemed interested in the journey to the water this time.
Despite school holidays the camping area was sparsely occupied so we chose an ocean view spot to park the van and set up for a few days. The camping area is close to Brooms Head where there is a large well occupied caravan park right along the beach.
We collected fire wood, chatted to a few campers and enjoyed the warm and sunny days. Finding ourselves unwinding and sleepy early, we said there were no rules and gave ourselves permission to sleep without consulting clocks; at this stage we were not even wearing a watch.
We are keeping up an exercise regime of a 1hour power walk daily, with weights session a few times a week; an interested fellow camper came to check out our reason for racing around the roadways early morning. Of course we also took frequent walks along the beautiful beach and enjoyed the feeling of isolation with not another living soul to be seen.
The heat from the camp fire kept us warm against the cold evenings and on one special night, we watched the impressive light show of a distant storm out at sea. We are amazed and grateful that we are still able to light fires in camp grounds and enjoy the mesmeric effect of staring into the flames and being transported to a calm and peaceful place. The black sky pierced by sparkling stars was the only distraction.
Gale force winds blasted our site on the third afternoon and we remained confined to the van, reading, snacking and enjoying a bottle of red. By next morning with winds wild and the day now overcast we decided to drive inland after hearing that these conditions would remain for a few more days.