Getting Ready to Head Further North

Trip Start Jan 06, 2009
Trip End Nov 24, 2009

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Our House Sitting at South West Rocks is coming to an end. It has been lots of relaxing, fishing, picnics, hiking, reading, biking and just hanging out with Heidi. One morning we set off to see the "Pub With No Beer", which is located in Taylors Arms, (about 150 km's East of us). The story goes - that once it ran out of beer. A local timber cutter and song writer, Gordon Parsons immortalised this story in what became one of Australia's most famous songs "A Pub With No Beer", recorded by Slim Dusty. We had lunch with a pint at this pub while listening to Chis Cook and his band play Country music. A great afternoon hanging out with the locals.

We visited the tiny town of Bellbrook and had lunch of fish and chips overlooking the Macleay river. The countryside scenery around here is just beautiful. Some of the unsealed roads we have travelled on are a bit rough and Wayne swears our campervan has square wheels on it.

A few days later we visited Hat Head National Park which has some spectacular beaches and great walks. We had a delicious lunch at the Blue Cafe (thanks for the recommendation Jan). They advertise the best hamburgers on the Coast. Wayne tried one and said it was very good after he removed the pineapple and red beet. I don't think he will ever become accustomed to those 2 ingredients on a hamburger.

Another day we had an early start and drove up to Urunga on the coast then headed west on Hwy 78 which is also known as Waterfall Way. The 1st stop was Bellingen, a beautiful rural town on the Bellinger river. This whole part of Australia is beef and dairy cattle country. Next was onto Dorrigo via Newell Falls, Crystal Falls and Dangar Falls. Our final and favourite falls today was Ebor falls.

We have done a lot of fishing here during our days not touring around, and have caught quite a few small bream but only recently caught one large enough to eat, a very mild tasting fish. A couple of days ago when we were sitting on the beach reading, we noticed a man at the edge of the water moving something back and forth in front of him. My curiosity got the better of me, so I went up and asked him what he was doing. He was "worming", something I had never heard of or seen before. He had a dead fish tied onto a piece of string attached to his wrist. He would move the dead fish back and forth to bring the beach worms to the surface of the sand. After they poked their heads up to eat the fish, he would grab them and pull them out. Most of them were 18" to 2ft long. They make excellent fishing bait, and expensive to buy. The man gave us an extra dead fish he had, so we could try our hand at worming. Wayne and I both failed miserably to catch one of those sneaky and very fast moving worms(or we are just way too slow). We had a lot of good laughs while trying to catch them.

Our old faithful Canon pocket camera decided to go on the blink last weekend, so after researching cameras on line, we headed to Coffs Harbour for the day to purchase a replacement. We had narrowed it down to another Canon and two Panasonic models, we ended up with a Panasonic TZ11 and so far we are happy with it.

After 4 very relaxing weeks at South West Rocks, we are getting ready to move on again. This is a beautiful part of Australia that we had no idea existed and probably would not have even stopped here had it not been for the house sitting position. Thank you Charlie, Jan and Heidi. We are surrounded by pristine beaches, rolling green hills, rivers, rainforests, waterfalls and mountains all within an hour and drive. We have driven through many small country towns where the locals were just amazingly friendly and helpful. Many great moments and memories here.
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preciousone on

Beautiful scenery
Hi sis and BIL,

The watefalls and scenery are just magnificent. South West Rocks is now on our list.

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