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Lost at Barrington Tops!

The GPS is only as good as the information entered!!!

sunny 27 °C

Well Booti Booti certainly turned out to hold some surprises. It's a great campground, just a big paddock really, but has flushing loos and hot showers. It costs $10 pp per day to park your van in the paddock. Just over the dunes to a beautiful white beach, a short drive to Bluey's Beach and Elizabeth Beach, and 10 minutes into Forster and Tuncurry. It's a lovely area with lots of very expensive accommodation around, lots of lake houses, beach houses, etc.

We had a drive to Taree to get some camping chairs from ARB.....very comfortable, light and sturdy. Our outdoor recliners have packed it in, and we are waiting for new ones to be delivered. Nothing much at Taree, but nice coastline.

On our return from a trip to Forster for lunch, we were surprised to find our dear friends Bill and Annie from Queensland had parked their van next to ours in the paddock.....they had been staying at Nambucca Heads, read on the blog where we were and decided to surprise us, which was just lovely. They are with us for about 10 days which is wonderful, so much to catch up on.

Left Booti Booti to head to a caravan park near Gloucester, right on the river, sounded just lovely. I called the park to see if they had room for 2 big vans and they did. I asked the lady if it was close to shops, cafes etc and she said yes, just a short walk. So Madame Tour Director entered the address into the GPS and off we set. Lovely drive, absolutely beautiful scenery, green hills, gorgeous river, similar to Sheffield in Tas.......after an hour on a winding gravel road, Bill and Annie following close behind, I made the comment that I didnt think there would be any shops or cafes out here. As we stopped to let some cows move off the road, and crossed the 6th fast flowing FORD, I looked in the book to find I had put the wrong address in and we were actually heading for the hills. I had called the park in town which WAS close to shops and cafes. Oh well, we ended up in a small park with limited sites for big vans, but we had lots of laughs as we alll sat under the awning in the teeming rain, wondering how the hell we were going to get out of there in the morning if it kept raining. It did stop about 8 o'clock, and the river was flowing fast but we managed through the fords on the way back.

And so to Gloucester, small town, pretty but not much to do. We are having a maintenance day today, catching up, Bill and Joe have washed cars and vans and are now checking brakes etc on the van.

Tomorrow off to Big 4 Harrington for a few days, back on the coast, and then to Crowdy Bay. Penny and Reece are meeting us at Harrington, so we had better stock up on bubbles! Can't wait to see them. Also looking forward to getting my knitting books which Ollie is sending on for me. I always like to have something to do. It's very muggy here today, everything is lush and green, so we are very lucky as the weather is so extreme in other parts of the country.

Such a lot of fun, and so good to meet up with people we have met on the road before. Terrific!

Posted by Crazy Poupes 19:15 Archived in Australia

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Love this BLOG...Sounds interesting and very exciting....Now I can track and follow you guys.

I might start our bLOG....WHAT a good Idea.


We'll be in touch..

Len & Jenny Williams....

by Leonard Williams

Nice to see different parts of the country, even if by accident! GIGO eh?

We had our friends Jim and Diana from Mudgee arrive in their 'van last weekend and parked on our front lawn. They are doing a 6-week trip, much of it in Tas. They've headed to Binalong Bay on Mon and on down south 'til the end of next week, then back here for Symphony under the Stars before heading back on SoT. Like you guys, having a ball.

If you are travelling on the Pacific Hwy as you head north twds Wauchope/Port Macquarie, there is a lovely little winery (isn't there always?), Bago Vineyards, worth a visit if you are looking for some special wine. Great cellar door/cafe and beautiful setting in forested countryside. The turnoff is about 16k short of the Oxley Hwy junction, on the left, Bago Road. Just follow the signs, a bit rough going, but nothing Joe can't handle. Try the white Savagnin and their Tannat, a French grape that produces a sensational dry red. Wonderful!

Wauchope is worth a visit; a pretty little rural town, much more interesting than Taree. Good shops and a great little coffee shop, just called The Cafe, from memory. On the RHS of 1st street on the right as you approach town centre from the east.

by Ron

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