Featured Trips

Day 01 Nov 11, 2017

After a reasonably early departure from home, we headed in the Ipswich Motorway and Logan Motorway to the Pacific Highway. We detoured through Byron Bay, Suffolk Beach for coffee at the surf club overlooking a beautiful beach, Broken Head Nature Reserve and Lennox Head for lunch. Philippa had a swim in the lagoon, but I couldn't be bothered. She said the water was just so warm. We joined the Pacific Highway again at Ballina after taking the mandatory photo of the "Big Prawn". Another detour took us to Broadwater National Park, through Evans Head and back to the highway at Wardell. At this stage of the trip, we were not sure our timing was going to go, so we were trying to get as far as possible on this first day. At Broadwater, we walked from a carpark over the sand dunes to the beach. There was no one else around. While this was possibly due to us being there outside the school holidays, it was just beautiful. Beaches stretching as far as the eye could see. The Ranger Station and residence was perched on top of a hill with 270 degree views of the water and beaches. Broadwater NP will definitely be a camping destination in its own right in the future. We pulled up for the night in the first of many free overnight spots at New Italy. It is a tourist destination and truck stop on the Pacific Highway that resells the story of the early Italian settlers who ended up here following a series of disasters. They opened up the land, starting from nothing and built a thriving community. There was a display of some sections of the Italian Pavilion from Expo 88. Unfortunately, the highway has a slight rise and a bend at this point, so all the trucks going past were either working hard up the incline, or were using their exhaust brakes to handle the downhill bend. All in all- quite noisy and therefore difficult to sleep. Still, it was free.