Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
Trip End Oct 31, 2013

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Friday, February 19, 2010

This next bit finishes off yesterday:
FEBRUARY 18,2010
Journey: Gordon Dam, Mt Field, Bridgewater, Campbell Town, Lake Leake

We left the Gordon Dam, had a bbq lunch at Mount Field and then completed a 315kms journey back to the East Coast

A long drive but A1 is a highway and we were in Lake Leake by 5pm Thursday 18. This spot was a bit disappointing being a dammed lake set up in 1830 to supply water to nearby Campbell Town.
At $10 per night with power and an unlimited hot shower for 20cents why complain? There were about 50 shacks further along the lake and we had fun examining the "architecture" and shack names; most were holiday homes and only 2 or 3 seemed to have permanent residents.

It was another freezing night but cosy under the doona.


Journey: Lake Leake, Freycinet (again), Friendly Beaches, Bicheno to Lagoons Beach.

Mileage: Lake Leake 10911kms

Weather: 12 degrees at 7.30am, then warm sunny day.

We had promised ourselves we would go back to Freycinet if the weather was right, but instead of tackling the Wineglass Bay walk we did the trip to Cape Tourville and overwhelmed ourselves with the view. On this sunny day we could glimpse Wineglass Bay in the distance and marvelled at the cliffs, colours and beaches. The tiny lighthouse was a stark all white against the blue sky.

20 kms north we made a stop at Friendly Beaches, another spectacular stretch of wide sandy beaches and rolling blue ocean; and strangely deserted of people because there is just so much beach. There is excellent free camping here too!

Bicheno is a small seaside town of about 800 people but we spent only a short time here for a coffee and headed off for our next stop over –Lagoons Beach. This was a fantastic free camp ground set behind the sand dunes on another perfect surf beach with lagoons full of black swans. It was a lovely afternoon to check out the beach, our neighbours and practice staring at another lovely view!

We had intended camping at Bay of Fires on Saturday after visiting St Helens, a large fishing town of 2000 people but we had trouble finding a suitable camp spot and at one stage thought we might have been bogged in a sandier than expected dirt road. Fortunately a wiser than us fellow gave Sheila some helpful advice and we managed to get ourselves back on hard ground, slightly worse for wear- nerve wise!

Anyhow, in such a beautiful place you recover your composure quickly and we were soon swimming in the Bay of Fires close to The Gardens.

Bay of Fires, 29 kilometres of pure white sand and crystal clear water was designated the hottest destination of 2009 by Lonely Planet and the 2nd most beautiful beach in the world by Conde Nast Traveller in 2005. The beach was named early days, seen from the ocean it was thought that the indigenous people were lighting fires along the coast but may well have been the sun shining on the orange tinted rocks all along the shore.

Seeing is believing on this warm sunny day! And best of all you can camp here for free! And where are all the fashionistas on this world famous beach? Despite its high international status the Bay of Fires was mainly deserted!

Binalong Bay is a pretty town at the southern end of The Bay of Fires with a famous restaurant “Angasi”, holiday houses and not much else but wonderful rocky foreshore and clear calm water

We decided to return to Lagoon Beach camp ground as we were visiting a Brisbane friend who now lives in Fingal 20 kms from the camp ground on Sunday and quite frankly, we did not find anything better on our return journey. (the journey to Fingal was through the Elephant Pass, a very narrow winding road once again!)

We loved the beach here with changing tides affecting the lagoons and a beach that more than accommodated our 6km return daily walk. Sunrise was worth getting up for, and sunset was subtle.

There was a total fire ban so we could not light fires but we cooked some good meals on our gas stove. Our neighbours varied and all were interesting in their own way; we loved the guitar softly playing Eric Clapton style and Sheila pleased the guitarist by telling him so. He was a local who regularly camped here with his family.

So we spent 3 nights in this lovely spot, only spoilt as we left, by a terrible accident at the camp exit where an entering caravan collided with a motor cyclist who ended up under the caravan and seriously injured; police, ambulance and rescue were on hand.
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