This was the first trip with the Trayon. Also the first trip using the tracking functionality of Hema Explorer.
Took a site for two nights in the Crocodile Caravan Park in Lightning Ridge. Strange name for a caravan park in the middle of NSW. It was quite pleasant with a swimming pool that helped us cool off in the afternoon after walking around town.
The site cost us $53 for the two of us for two nights.
We went on a bus tour of the local sights in the morning, then had lunch at the bowling club. Wow! What a place for such a small town.
We stopped in Kyogle on the way through to visit a laundromat. There was also the mandatory stop at a cafe for coffee. We found a very nice coffee shop next to the Super IGA and the bottle shop.
The coffee shop also sold nice boutique chutneys, sauces, etc.
Continued onto Toonumbar National Park and Iron Pot Creek Campground.
The beach was very smooth with good firm sand this trip. There had been only one or two other vehicles on the beach since the high tide, so it was not chopped up at all. Easy, comfortable driving on the sand. There seemed to be a very wide beach compared to the last time we were here.
Tyre pressure at 18psi. Used high 4WD most of the time.
Very little traffic- only passed one other vehicle going the other way.
Great weather- comfortably warm, clear, gentle breeze.
It was not difficult to get into Kinkuna. We didn't feel the need to deflate the tyres at all. There was hardly anyone there. However, there were signs that it must get very busy at some times of the year. It is similar to Bribie with campsite accessible from the beach. However, there is also a sand road that runs along just behind the beach past all the campsites. The sites are not organised or numbered and there are no fire rings. We had a great campsite. However, next time we will venture a bit further along the road to get a little more privacy.
There was a very big tide difference, meaning that at high tide the beach would be completely impassible to vehicles.
We had a couple of great walks in both directions along the beach. It was even warm enough to have a swim.
When we left, we drove along the beach as far as possible to the south. It is not possible to get to Woodgate via the beach. Theodolite Creek has a very wide estuary that is too deep for vehicles- even at low tide.
This would be on the list for a revisit sometime.
Wedge island beach track
Leonora to Norseman - Side Trip to Chalice Gold Project (abandoned)
CSR Well 41 to Well 38