The GPS is only as good as the information entered!!!
18.2.13 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!