KANGAROOS IN THE CAMPGROUND
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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diamond Head camp
JOURNEY: Hat Head, Kempsey,to Diamond Head-120kms
WEATHER: Sunny, warm, cool, cloudy showers and a mini storm- the full range of weather over a week.
Crowdy Bay National Park is another favourite for us and we arrived early afternoon and found a grassy site with fleeting views of the beach. The campground at Diamond Head is managed by an on site manager who collected our $10 pp pn from us.
This coastal national park has dramatic headlands, extensive wide beaches, interesting rocky outcrops and mountains edging the Pacific Ocean. Camping is comfortable and easily accessible!
Facilities- non drinkable water, flushing toilets, cold showers and some gas barbecues. the facilities and the grounds are well maintained and camp fires are permitted- you can even purchase wood!
The grass seems to be kept under control by mobs of friendly kangaroos who keep the campers entertained also! You never tire of their presence and some of the females were in heat so the big bucks were acourting constantly. The little ones are cute and are still sucking milk from mum while adapting to grass eating. In this campground they are tame and feel no fear around the campers.
There is a short walk, 1km to a lookout out over the sea and the Three Brothers Mountain overlook the long sweeping beaches that front the campground.
The Diamond Head Loop trail still had some remnants of spring wild flowers and leads walkers 120 metres above the sea around the headland with impressive views!
Walking the beach at low tide was a happy daily event for us- hard and flat sand enabled us to undertake power walking as the sea drained away from the beach.
Friday saw the camp ground almost full with weekend campers- don't people work and children go to school on Fridays??? Mid afternoon thunder and lightening and rain put a stop to the excited screeches from very active kids but surfers stayed in the sea! None of the families seem bothered by the inclement weather, sheltering under tarpaulins and canopies, venturing out between rain.
The campground flooded in places and we had big puddles in front of our van; by late Sunday morning we decided to take our chances further south and away from the rain.
The nearby Laurieton monthly market was a happy diversion with handmade goods and some good fruit and vegetables. Then it was a quick shop at Woolworths and the rain came again. By the time we reached Forster the sun was shining and we relished the warmth and bright blue sky!
We barbecued a toasted bacon and tomato sandwich and listened to the stories of an elderly local couple who told us that "Forster" was pronounced "Foster" with the r being silent. They were a bit negative about holiday makers packing out their town! Woops!
Next stop Booti Booti NP- the Ruins Campground.