WINDY BY NAME AND BY NATURE
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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THURSDAY FEB 24
JOURNEY: Pemberton, Northcliffe, Windy Harbour
WEATHER: Hot and sunny
It was almost 11am when we left Pemberton and took the road south through Northcliffe, an interesting historical town founded in 1924 specifically for the WW1 Group Settlement Scheme.
374 families were allocated 100 acre lots, sheets of iron to build shacks, axes and cross saws to clear the huge trees to set up dairy farms! The tough conditions, primitive equipment, shortage of food supply and ultimately the Great Depression of the 1930s saw most families walking away with nothing.
A timber mill saw a bit of a boom in the early 1950s and today the area boasts beef, dairy, marron, avocado, olives and blueberries production.
Northcliffe is an attractive town with lovely parks and old buildings and was a good place for lunch.
A group of us had got quite excited about our next destination- Windy Harbour, where we would all meet again at the campground for a few days on the coast. The roadside vegetation changed to low heath as we got closer to the beach and this is one of very few 2 wheel drive access points to the coast in D'Entrecasteaux National Park.
Unfortunately it was "windy" by name as well as nature; the wind was so strong that a walk on the beach was like being sand blasted and the camp ground was nothing special, just a grassy paddock, so we decided to tour the scenic route around the cape and move on.
Salmon Beach was spectacular as was Point D’Entrecasteaux and we lingered a while to enjoy the spectacle; the unexpected highlight was The Windows- a limestone cliff crumbling artistically to reveal the sea below through windows.
Kylie, Matt and family were moving on as well, and we sent a text to the Thompsons in their 5th wheeler not to bother attempting a camp at windy Harbour.