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  • Day14

    Southwest Rocks Lighthouse

    October 31, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Wir fuhren an der Küste entlang bis zum Southwest Rock Lighthouse und dem Trial Bay Gaol (altes Gefängnis an den Klippen) welches uns aber zu teuer war, um es von innen zu besichtigen. Der Himmel war immer noch bedeckt von den Rauchwolken des Buschbrandes. Wir beschlossen über das Uruga Wetland (dieses Mal wirklich mit Wasser😄) ins Landesinnere zum Dorrigo-Nationalpark und dem New England Nationalpark zu fahren. Dazu nimmt man den wirklich super schönen Waterfallway. Dieser Highway führt durch insgesamt 5 Nationalparks mit sehr vielen Wanderwege und Wasserfällen.
    Wir besichtigten heute jedoch nur noch die Ebor Wasserfälle und suchten uns dann einen kostenlosen Campingplatz (little styx river) im New England Nationalpark, um dann früh morgens von dort aus mit dem Wandern beginnen zu können 💪
    Es war wirklich ein super schöner Ort zum Campen und auch schon der Schotterweg dort hin war wirklich toll, auf dem wir sogar unsere ersten Kanguruoos sahen.🦘 Nur die vielen Fliegen waren etwas lästig, doch sobald die Sonne weg war, war auch das Problem verschwunden und wir konnten gemütlich draußen noch etwas Wein trinken. 🍷
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  • Day62

    Koala Hospital

    November 5, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    Nach einer erholsamen Nacht war unser erster Ziel die Heimat der Delphine -Nelson Bay. Vom Gan Gan Lookout hatten wir einen wunderschönen Blick über die Bucht und Shark Island. Außerdem stoppten wir an den Stockton Sanddünen und ließen uns den Sand um die Ohren pusten. Eigentliches Ziel war der Crowdy National Park. Allerdings waren die Straßenbedingungen hier so schlecht das wir an der nächsten Abbiegung den Nationalpark wieder verließen, schließlich wollten wir unsern Camper die nächsten drei Wochen noch nutzen und erst recht nicht stecken bleiben. Also fuhren wir weiter nach Port Maquarie. Wir besuchten das Koala Hospital und konnten nur ein Teil der dort lebenden Koalas sehen. Die Neuankömmlinge mussten sich erst noch von dem großen Buschfeuer vergangene Woche erholen. Unser heutiges Übernachtungsziel war ein Campingplatz an dem es laut CamperMate nur so von Kangeroos wusselte. Mal schauen ob wir auch welche zu Gesicht bekommen.Read more

  • Day14

    South West Rocks

    April 17, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    Didn't really know where to head today but after talking to another tourist at the campsite this morning we were given the idea of visiting this lovely part of the coast. Like all beaches along here they are lovely but rough undercurrents mean it is only really safe to swim in areas with lifeguards and between their flags. They are usually quite close together and can get quite busy, especially as it's a bank holiday weekend. Instead we went to the really interesting Trial Bay Gaol that was built by convicts so they could be based there in order to build a breakwater and safe harbour. It never got completed and the jail was not used again until the first world war as a prison for German civilians. Whike there we saw some Eastern Grey Kangaroos, one with a joey who kept popping its head out! More great views from the Smoky Cape Lighthouse (Captain Cook named it because of what he saw when he arrived).Read more

    Lynda Ralph

    Was this your accommodation for the night ??? Beautiful pic of kangaroo & joey. Xxx

    Tom Ralph

    Great views and prisons got to be James new home ha ha


    Suits you!

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  • Day10

    Trial Bay - Beautiful Warm Winter Day

    July 13, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    We were blessed with an unusually warm beautiful sunny day and explored the rocks, rock pools and beach. Wayne couldn't resist getting in and doing some spearfishing and snorkeling. He got 2 bream. He saw 3 small turtles and 2 big ones, lots of tropical fish, spangled emperor, a wobbiegon shark and lots more in close to the rocks. He was impressed with the variety of species and clearness of the water and thought the ecosystem looked in good shape overall. Another diver told him there had been a white pointer shark cruising along yesterday but he didn't tell me that until he got out! Bit scarey as there had been a fatal shark attack just up the coast at Wooli just the day before.Read more

  • Day10

    Trial Bay Gaol

    July 13, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Trial Bay gaol sits at the end of the bay in the Arakoon National Park. It was initially built to hold criminal prisoners. It is made out of the local hard granite stone - which is quite sparkly in the sun. The stone was cut by masons and when the prison was finished the inmates were employed to cut and haul the stone to make a breakwall adjacent to the gaol to make a safe haven for ships traveling the coast.
    The breakwall was not very successful and kept breaking away from the continual pounding of the sea. The project stopped before completion and it remains only a relatively short length but it does provide a lovely sheltered spot for boating and swimming activities.
    The gaol was later used as a detention centre for men of German descent when WW2 broke out. The men had a fair amount of freedom and leisure activities, and although separated from family they had a reasonably nice existence while detained. They were allowed to visit the beach, fish, ran a bakery and staged plays in their theatre within the gaol grounds.
    It is well worth a visit to the museum attached and the film on view is very informative. Guided tours weren't in operation due to the pandemic.
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  • Day9

    Trial Bay - (South West Rocks)

    July 12, 2020 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    We had 2 nights at beautiful Trial Bay in the Arakoon National Park. It's a lovely natural place near South West Rocks. We had a beautiful warm, sunny day on Monday - Wayne went spearfishing and caught 2 bream. The water was beautiful and clear and he saw 5 turtles while he was swimming around. We explored the gaol ruins and were surprised with it's history (see separate post) and also the Smokey Cape Lighthouse which is the highest altitude lighthouse in Australia. It was a bit steep getting up there. Saw whales off the coast.Read more

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