Hi guys, you'll notice from the title that this is 'Part 2', so if you haven't already, be sure to read Ania's post below first! As the good woman says below, we're on our month-long road trip now, so we'll be updating when we can.
So on Day 4 of our road trip we left the ‘primitive’ camping ground in the Myall Lakes and started driving towards Port Macquarie. We'd only been on the road for a few minutes when Ania spotted a sign for 'Dark Point', an Aboriginal place of importance which is home to more sand dunes! These things are really spectacular and it's so odd to see what looks like the Sahara Desert next to the sea.
After leaving Billabong we got to our camp site at Port Macquarie: the Sundown Breakwall Tourist Park. It was right on the water and it was windy! It's probably worth writing a few lines on camping in our Jucy van at this point. The van's a Toyota Tarago, about the size of a Ford Galaxy, a people-carrier type thing. All the back seats have been taken out, leaving you with a 'cab' for two to sit in when you drive; and a back bit that's got seats in the day, converting to your bed at night. We also have a fridge (two settings: off and deep freeze), a butane stove (allow 50 minutes to boil water for a cup of tea) and a DVD player! I grumble in jest though, because it's a lot of fun! We're having a great time cooking our own meals again, after six weeks of restaurants in India! It's great driving along in our little van and waving at the other Jucy campers we've seen on the road.
Our home for the next month:
So back to camp sites. In our first week we've mainly stayed in unpowered sites, where you pay for a spot without electricity. You get a camp kitchen, bathrooms and showers too, and there are always other campers around. Only two nights out of seven have been different. One was the night of staying in the 'primitive' camp site mentioned in Ania's post below, the other I'll mention below.
We spent two nights in Port Macquarie, with one full day sandwiched in between. I have to say the town underwhelmed us both a bit. Our full day there was a Sunday and it seems most things close from 3pm onwards, so we did boring but necessary jobs like shopping and laundry.
That brings us to yesterday! We got up early and were on the road by 7:30am. We drove to Coffs Harbour and visited the information centre, before backtracking south to go to the town's Butterfly House. This was Ania's call and I admit I was sceptical as we went there, but I was wrong: it was great! There were some beautiful and huge butterflies in there. They like bright colours, so landed on Ania, who was wearing a rose-patterned skirt and red top. They also like salt, so I spent a good five minutes treading carefully while two rode my sandals, which have been in the sea a bit!
From Arrawarra we pushed on and made for the Broadwater National Park. Last night we 'free camped'. This involves pulling up in a quiet spot and hoping that a Park Ranger doesn't knock on your door and move you on, or charge you a small fee for staying in a National Park. I'm happy to report that we got away with it! Mwohahahaha!
Now we’re in Byron Bay. We arrived this morning and have come straight to this café to use the internet, so we better go explore. We’ll report back soon!