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

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The Ruins campground

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Sunday, November 18, 2012

JOURNEY: Crowdy Bay, Taree, Forster, Booti Booti NP      140kms

WEATHER: Variable, stormy, rainy periods. huge winds

First of all, I am very late with getting this blog published- too many distractions! We are now in Sydney.
 Hopefully the words describe another part of the NSW coast and bouts of stormy weather!

Booti Booti NP is an 8km peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and Wallis Lakes. The name comes from the aboriginal description of the area as "plenty of Honey"

There is rainforest, palm groves and coastal heath between the ocean and the lake and our campground gave us access to all.

We had hoped for more from "The Ruins" campground finding a vast open space just off the main road and behind the dunes with good facilities, including hot showers.

Most campers seemed to use the campground as an overnight rest area and apart from a German couple in a very large motorhome the fees were ignored. $10pp pn + $7 per day for your vehicle is a bit steep! The park rangers checked the area but made no effort to confirm that campers were paying.

The beach was like the rest of this coast stunning and wild and at low tides, the hard sand is a jolly attractive walking track. Can't beat the changing seascapes to reinforce: nature rules!

The Booti Hill/Lake walking track starts off at the lovely 7 mile beach off the campground and heads across the hill to Elizabeth Beach and then along the lake before looping back to "The Ruins". Bordering the lake were some impressive palm forests.

Day 2 we set off to locate a nearby caravan/holiday park to spend some more time here but found both parks we visited rather unattractive so we toured the scenic road stopping lakeside and at some lovely beaches and then drove back to ""The Ruins" for one more night and a restful day- we had an interrupted night with a wild storm hitting the area followed by gale force winds which whipped up the bicycle cover at the rear of the van noisily! Hard to rest with the wollop of fabric wacking the vehicle.

A few of the other campers had to get up and rescue furniture, equipment and tarpaulins- we always put everything away in case of these type of weather events.

Morning revealed a sunny but very windy day- the area around the lakes offered better protection and a more tranquil walking trail than the open beach.  Surfers dropped into ride the waves and two young backpackers/hitch hikers got dropped off and spent two days in a tiny tent- brave!

Tuesday, packed and ready to go we took the pretty Lakes Drives back to the Pacific Highway.
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Annie Savage on

Oooh very nice.

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