Nelson Bay

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  • Day193

    Nelson Bay

    October 19, 2015 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    So, nun heisst es wirklich Abschied nehmen von AUS. Ein letztes mal fahren wir zur Küste und geniessen einen herrlichen und unvergesslichen Ausblick auf den weiten Ozean und die Küstenlandschaft.
    Aber jetzt schnell nach Sydney, der Flieger nach Neuseeland wartet nicht auf uns ;-)

  • Day77

    Nelson Bay, NSW

    August 5, 2015 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    BUNDABERG to NELSON BAY 24/7/15 - 5/8/15

    FW. We got to Childers the day before their annual Childers Show and noticed the number of people in town. The local Peanut Van operator told us the population in Childers swells from 3000 to 40000 for that weekend so we bought a supply of peanut products and moved on.

    In Maroochydore we stayed inside a friend’s empty Factory and boy do those metal roof buildings make strange noises all night long.

    After Maroochydore we set off for Toowoomba and decided to tackle the climb with the caravan. We made it ok all but in 2nd and 3rd for most of the climb.

    Once we crossed the border into NSW we noticed the massive amount of new motorway that was under construction, roughly 400kms from nth of Byron Bay to Nelson Bay. They could afford to spend some money on the existing road surface though because it is pretty bad.

    The weather is getting colder and the wind seems to be following us down the coast.

    HW. After free-camping near a wetland area beside the Bruce Highway just north of Gympie, we drove on to Maroochydore where we enjoyed the luxury of parking the van inside an almost empty factory where we also had the use of a kitchenette and bathroom. Our friends Ross & Jenny were house-sitting an apartment situated on the river so we enjoyed a leisurely afternoon on their deck right next to the water. We also visited Australia Zoo during our time in Maroochydore and spent an enjoyable day there. (Finally we saw some crocodiles, even though they were in captivity!!) Couldn’t believe the number of people there on a weekday in the middle of winter.

    We headed inland to Toowoomba and found the weather decidedly colder at night. The climb up the hill to Toowoomba certainly made the Pajero work hard. While there we drove out to a local lookout where we had magnificent views of the countryside for many kilometres. We also went to see some of the gardens for which Toowoomba is famous although we were about a month too early for the spring floral displays. The Japanese gardens were really lovely. We visited the Cobb & Co museum which was very interesting with lots of exhibits and information on the history of Cobb & Co. The museum also had a workshop where a wheelwright was making wooden wagon wheels. In another section was a photographic display where we were lucky to meet an elderly photographer (Graham Burstow) who has won many awards in Australia and overseas for his work. He gave us information about lots of his photos and camera equipment on display.

    Next we headed South down the Pacific Highway, crossing the border into NSW and after a quick visit to see my cousin who lives on the edge of the mountain range above Byron Bay and has million dollar views up and down the coast, we continued on to Yamba which is on the coast midway between Ballina and Grafton. It is a lovely spot and we were met by a couple of friends who are spending a couple of months there in their van for the winter. The caravan park was magnificent and for only an extra $4 per night we treated ourselves to an ensuite site. Ron and Rhonda drove us round the area and showed us lots of places of interest during our couple of days with them. We visited the little town of Maclean which has a strong Scottish history and all the lamp-posts are painted in different tartans. The Maclean lookout provided great views – the rivers in northern NSW are enormous and winding. We continued down to Urunga, just south of Coffs Harbour where we stayed for a night at the caravan park. My mother lived in Urunga for more than 30 years so it was good to go back for a visit. We made our way south and had a look at South West Rocks which is a very pretty spot on the coast, then on to Forster where we stayed for a night at a caravan park right beside the lake. We had great views from our windows but strangely the place was nearly empty. The nights are getting colder!!!

    Continuing south we drove alongside lakes and waterways all down this section of the NSW coast which is really beautiful. Our next stop was Nelson Bay where we met good friends Jean and Fred who had driven up from Wollongong for a few days R & R. We spent a couple of days taking in the scenery, walking up an enormous hill to a lookout over Shoal Bay and enjoying a couple of meals at the local clubs.
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  • Day42

    Nelson Bay

    October 12, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    Auch heute ging es mit 3,5 std. etwas weiter als sonst, nämlich zum wunderschönen Ort Nelson Bay.

    Nelson Bay liegt auf einer Halbinsel und ist dadurch umrandet mit Wasser und Stränden ohne Ende. Diese werden wir uns morgen alle ganz genau ansehen, da es heute mit rund 30 Grad doch schon sehr warm war 😀

    Heute haben wir uns erstmal den Stadtkern und einen von vielen kleinen Häfen hier angesehen die quasi um die Ecke von unserem schönen Hotel liegen.

    Doch das heutige Highlight kam eher spontan und mit ein wenig Zufall zustande. Und zwar gibt es hier eine geführte Tour über einen Golfplatz.In einem Golfcaddy 😀 ...Golfplatz ? Naja, eigentlich ist es offiziell ein Nationalpark...bzw. eigentlich ist es ein Reservat in dem Kängurus leben.

    Ein wenig kompliziert auch für die Einheimischen hier..aber um es kurz zu ist irgendwie alles 😀

    Das besondere sind aber nunmal diese Kängurus. Und zwar mehr als 200 Stück die hier leben und sich inmitten von Sandbunkern und Löchern tummeln. Das muss man irgendwie selber gesehen haben um das zu glauben.

    Geführt wird die Tour von Kangaroo Phil, der uns während der Caddytour mit unzähligen Informationen versorgt hat. Die Kängurus leben hier Kreuz und quer verteilt, mal alleine und mal in Gruppen. Aber das schönste war es Kängurus mit Ihrem Baby, dem "Joey" im Bauch zu sehen 😊

    Morgen geht es dann wieder rauf aufs Wasser und dann an die Strände 😊

    Liebe Grüße
    Jonas, Jasmin&Thomas
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