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Urunga

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  • Day95

    Uranga boardwalk and lizard rescue

    January 14, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    So we had thought of getting up early to watch the sun rise .... nah, let’s not. However, we did want to go and see the boardwalk at high tide.

    On our way, we came across a blue tongued lizard swimming in the sea. It looked very bloated. While quite buoyant, it swam towards shore, then out to sea, then along a bit then towards shore ... not sure it knows where he was going.

    Obviously Bun wanted to rescue it. I’d like to say that she stripped off, dived in and rescued the poor thing while being applauded by the people watching on, but no. We did secure the help of some young lads, but didn’t actually need them as the lizard swam close to a pontoon that Bun was on. By flapping her arms in the sea, Bun managed to get the lizard close enough to pick up. Bun took it to an area of trees where she hopes it will be very happy. Did we save a life or interfere with nature?
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  • Day646

    Urunga

    February 29, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Leaving Armidale we drove the Waterfalls Way, which is said to be one of the most picturesque in the area - it did not disappoint. Starting up on the high tableland we aimed for the coast at Urunga. The road passed through very green countryside with rolling hills and cattle ranches aplenty - much relieved by the recent rains. The first major water fall, the Wollombi Falls had the lookouts closed due to maintenance, so we carried on to Ebor.
    Ebor had suffered quite badly with the bush fires as was evidenced by the lookout platforms for the upper and lower falls having been incinerated. The upper falls could be seen from the paths adjacent the gorge at high level. To the north the fire damaged valley was evident - but greenery was returning. Passing through Dorigo the road descends down the mountain through a beautiful valley with glimpses of magnificent views through the trees. The drive was about 140 miles long, and was truly stunning! We made our way to a site on the coast at Urunga planning to return to Dorigo and Bellingen in the next few days. Urunga had been recommended to us by staff at the previous campsite - and we were so pleased with their choice for our next stop. What a beautiful place - with 2 rivers meeting to join the sea. We set up camp, then walked the excellent boardwalk from our campsite, out across the lagoon and onto the beachfront. We walked along the beach for some way, before returning to camp. The site was just about full, as this is obviously a very popular spot. The site and area we are in has a lovely vibe to it. We reckon we'll be extending our stay here, as there is much to see and the weather is perfect.
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  • Day648

    Urunga

    March 2, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    The forecast was for a cooler day, so we took the Waterfall Road back up the valley to Dorriga.
    Stopping first at Bellingen we saw a nice little town nestled in the valley below the mountain, full of quirky shops. After that we drove up to the Rainforest Centre and, after a quick look out at the Sky Walk, spent a couple of hours doing the Wonga Walk which took us down below the tree canopy - through the rainforest to two waterfalls. The walking stick vines were in seed, and we walked passed a resting carpet snake on our way. After all the rains the falls were quite full.
    Our last stop of the day was to Dorrigo and to the Dangar falls there. Karen found another quilting shop in Dorrigo but managed not to buy anything.
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  • Day647

    Urunga breakfast

    March 1, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Congratulations go to Jamie and Renee, as they did not have their baby yesterday. We did not want a Leapyear baby, only having a proper birthday every 4 years. Congratulations go to Stewart and his team for their success at the TV Journalism awards. Congratulations to our dear daughter - for seeing out her first proper winter in the UK for years!!! No travelling to warmer climes for her this year! She has not found it easy at times (we know from Whatsapp messages received recently from her) but she has done it - and Spring is on its way!!!
    All these tweeters, screechers, cooers, whistlers, scrapers and their friends joined us for breakfast on our pitch this morning- magical
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  • Day647

    Urunga

    March 1, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    We woke to glorious sunshine and pure blue skies. We spent the morning on the beach - we drove down to a patrolled beach at Hungry Heads, as the beach here in Urunga is wild and unsupervised. We then drove to the nearby remote headland where we spotted our first kangaroos of the trip - in the bush next to the road side.
    The following day was another scorcher - someone told us it got to 40 deg C in nearby Bellingen - our trip for tomorrow. We drove round into the Bongil Bongil National Park, which is one of the parks campaigners are hoping to merge into a large Koala Reserve. We did the Bluff Walk - 3 k within the forest fringe behind the beach then a 3 k walk back along the sand - very pleasant but no Koala to be seen.
    After that we went to Sawtell for a couple of hours on the beach. The surf was mighty and great fun. The sea was a perfect temperature and cooled us down a little.
    The following morning before we breakfasted A took a walk along the boardwalk across the lagoon - a Little Egret was fishing in the shallow water making the most of the tide being out.
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