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

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North Coast Holiday Parks Corindi Beach
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Sunday, November 4, 2012

JOURNEY: Bundjalung NP, Little Italy, Grafton to Corindi Beach-  180 kms

WEATHER: Raining as we left NP to sunny on arrival at Corindi.

It was 8am when we left the Black Rocks camp ground in Bundjalung NP, and we wanted to get going on that rough, corrugated road before the camper trailers and 4WD headed out- they would pass us and throw up stones etc. We made it!

It was raining as we reached the Pacific Highway and turned left with very little traffic to negotiate. Just a short distance down the highway we pulled into New Italy, which by the way looks like a reasonable overnight rest area and prepared breakfast.

Story of New Italy- Our First Refugees

In 1880 50 Italian families left Italy and boarded a ship in Barcelona for the promised land of good soil and a new life but were duped and suffered great deprivation, horrible sickness and a barren environment in Port Breton- they were conned big time! Needless to say it was no paradise!

To cut a long story short they were rescued later, when the Italian Consulate in Sydney enlisted the support of Sir Henry Parkes then the NSW premier, who sent a ship to bring them to Australia. You could say they were Australia's first refugees!

They were sent to work around the country until land in northern NSW became available and they reunited to form an Italian farming community in New Italy, land abandoned by the British as too barren and unproductive; this hard working group did well and made a life for themselves on the land.

Today there is a cafe and museum depicting the history of these pioneering Italians- a place worth spending some time to take in their story and resilience.

Now back to our journey- next stop Grafton The Jacaranda Capital of Australia and yes the trees were in bloom and the gorgeous purple flowers decorated the trees and ground beneath- a beautiful sight.
In truth, our stop there was for the purpose of restocking the pantry and after a pleasant rest by the expansive Clarence River it was straight onto Corindi.

Although we did originally intend camping at Red Rock, we were taken by the spacious camping ground at Corindi Beach, with expansive vistas over the ocean.

It was a happy choice! It took us a while to choose a site- flat with ocean views and no need for power. U20 was the pick and we paid our $22 pn and settled in.

The beach was peopled with the last of the weekenders and by 7pm the park was very quiet with just the sound of the waves breaking the silence. With daylight saving, darkness descends about 8pm which is just lovely.
We decided to stretch out with a brisk walk along the beach and clouds rolled in to create a gloomy sky but no rain!

We loved our camp site- it was really special to sit and watch the ocean; each day a few surfers tried their luck in the choppy water, a few brave souls dived in for a swim but mostly people just strolled the beach with or without their dogs.

There was a pleasant walk through the beach forest to a bird watching area with a picnic area and a track to the beach.
The town of Corindi is small- a tavern, post office and general store but apparently a large residential development is bringing thousands of residents to the area- the developers are spruiking that this is the cheapest coastal land sale on the eastern coast and all lots seem to have sold. It is only 35kms to Coffs Harbour!


The park has a brand new camp kitchen which we made use of and clean well maintained facilities-we commented that the national parks in NSW, charging $10pp and $7 per vehicle a day are really overpriced offering very limited facilities for $27 per day. This high price discourages campers to pay! and mostly we don't!

Rick, a very unhappy motorhome owner from nearby Red Rock introduced himself and told us the story of his brand new Fiat, Trakka converted motorhome.It was literally disintegrating before his eyes, the front suspension was so poor that all the electrical systems had failed and the van had shaken and shuddered to pieces when he drove over bumps or pot holes. After repairs and complaints he had finally located a firm in Germany who had special front springs that could be installed to lessen the problem. We understood that after paying $135,000 for the vehicle, Rick was in a state of despair!! We assured him that our Fiat was as good as gold! Poor man!

During our time at Corindi, the Melbourne Cup was run and the American Presidential elections occurred- exciting times!

Sunrise over the ocean brought Kath the photographer out of bed at 5.15am and we were happy with the colours and effects of the sun lighting up the day! As everyone knows the beach, ocean, sky changes dramatically with the tides, wind and weather, and the wind picked up strongly on our last day.

This is a happy camping spot- the managers are very friendly and the grounds very well looked after but best of all are the wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean.

Thursday, after 4 days at Corindi Beach we packed and set off on our southern journey
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