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My new favourite place to camp

Woke early and packed up the van. To pack down the expanda is so quick compared to the old Jayco swan. Loving our new van!

I walked along the beach to South West Rocks and met up with Brad - took around 40 minutes. We decided to go paddle boarding and put the boards in at the little creek that runs onto the beach in front of some large rocks close offshore. There were some people snorkelling around the rocks. Paddling around the rocks to the shipwreck down the beach I saw some large stingrays.. Back to our start point and then around the headland to the protected little beach beside the campground in town .

Heading north we called in to Stuarts Head, Grassy Head and Scotts Head, Stuarts Head was on the river with a long walk over a bridge and then through the bush to the beach. Would not stay here unless you wanted to do river fishing. Grassy Head insisted of 4 houses and a campground but had a nice beach. My favourite was Scotts Head with several nice beaches and a part of the coastal walk.

We stopped in Macksvile and bought fresh bread and a hot chook and sat on the river to eat it...delicious!!! We then followed it with buttered iced finger bread rolls.....way too much carb yumminess. I am turning into the size of a bread roll with all the bread I have been eating. Holidays are dangerous especially in the company of Brad who is the corruptor of all healthy eating.

We drove through Coffs Harbour and stopped in at Corindi Beach which has a really nice campground on the beach. Would have stayed her except there is no river for paddle boading.

Arrived at Red Rock which is only 7km off the highway north of Woolgoolga and fell in love with it and the campground. The sites are all grassed and shady and we had one close to the river. It has water on all sides from 2 different beaches to the river and the water is crystal clear . Amenities are nice and modern and there is a great camp kitchen to access water. I washed all my dishes there rather than use our tank water. The sites are powered but not connected to water and the nearby taps have bore water that you cannot drink. There is a general store/take away shop 50 metres from our site which is very convenient

We explored around the river, headland and beaches north and south of the headland. There are distinctive red rocks that it is named after.

Walking along the beach to South West Rocks

Walking along the beach to South West Rocks


Looking back to Arakoon

Looking back to Arakoon


South West Rocks

South West Rocks


Creek at SW Rocks

Creek at SW Rocks


Snorkelling rocks

Snorkelling rocks


SW Rocks creek

SW Rocks creek


Ready to go paddleboading

Ready to go paddleboading


Modelling my new paddle boarding outfit

Modelling my new paddle boarding outfit


The bridge at Stuarts Point

The bridge at Stuarts Point


River at Stuarts Point

River at Stuarts Point


Grassy Head beach

Grassy Head beach


Scotts Head

Scotts Head


Scott Head Beaches

Scott Head Beaches


Scotts head

Scotts head


Part of the Coastal walking trail

Part of the Coastal walking trail


Corindi Beach

Corindi Beach


Foreshore at Corindi

Foreshore at Corindi


Corindi beach

Corindi beach


Red Rock river and front beach

Red Rock river and front beach


"THE"  Red Rocks

"THE" Red Rocks


Side Ocean Baech

Side Ocean Baech


View from headland to Corindi

View from headland to Corindi


Headland walk

Headland walk


Red Rock Beach

Red Rock Beach


Headland Gorge & view to Pebbly Beach

Headland Gorge & view to Pebbly Beach


Headland Gorge

Headland Gorge


Headland memorial to lost rock fishermen

Headland memorial to lost rock fishermen


View to Pebbly Beach

View to Pebbly Beach


River entrance

River entrance


River mouth

River mouth


River Mouth

River Mouth


Red Rock

Red Rock


Red Rock

Red Rock


Red Rock

Red Rock


Red Rock

Red Rock


Red Rock

Red Rock


Sunset at Red Rock river

Sunset at Red Rock river


The camp kitchen

The camp kitchen


The campgrounds

The campgrounds


Scotts Head

Scotts Head

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Camping in the grounds of an old stone gaol

After 2 weeks at Crescent Head we we going to take our time heading back north to Brisbane testing out the van with short stays,

We didn't get far the first day arriving at Trial Bay just after 10am where we paid $80 a night for an unpowered store on the bay front!! The prices had just gone up for December holidays period. It is a national parks campground around an old stone gaol. The gaol was built to house prisoners who were brought to the area in 1886 to construct a breakwater to make Trial Bay a safe harbour halfway between Sydney and Brisbane.Then, during World War 1 the gaol was used once again, this time as an internment camp for local German residents who were suspected (almost always falsely) to be conspiring with the enemy. It hasn’t been used as an active gaol since, and is now an historic ruin.The view from our site was beautiful overlooking the bay up to South West Rocks.

It was a very windy day and not nice for beach or paddle boarding. Instead we did a hike around the Arakoon National Park to Little Bay heading south toward Smoky Cape. We went past a couple of lovely beaches with lots of kangaroos.

Boat Ramp  to the bay

Boat Ramp to the bay


Beautiful Trial Bay

Beautiful Trial Bay


The jail built  in 1886

The jail built in 1886


The land cruiser

The land cruiser


Stonewalls of jail

Stonewalls of jail


Stone walls of Gaol

Stone walls of Gaol


The Gaol

The Gaol


Campground office is in front of the gaol

Campground office is in front of the gaol


Gaol

Gaol


Kookaburra friend at campground

Kookaburra friend at campground


Kookaburra friend at campground

Kookaburra friend at campground


Trial Bay

Trial Bay


Trial Bay

Trial Bay


Kangaroos

Kangaroos


Walk around to Little Bay

Walk around to Little Bay


Our walk

Our walk


Kangaroos on the walk

Kangaroos on the walk


Walk to Little Bay

Walk to Little Bay


Nice little beach

Nice little beach


Nice little beach

Nice little beach


Little Bay Beach

Little Bay Beach


Kangaroos resting in the shade

Kangaroos resting in the shade


Kangaroos resting in the shade

Kangaroos resting in the shade

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

Family Holiday Fun

Our yearly family holiday at Crescent Head is growing ! We started coming here in 2002 when our own boys were 17, 15, 13 and 8. They are now 31, 29, 27 and 22. We came every year for 8 years and then had 5 year break until we started coming back here 3 years ago.

This year we had 3 cabins and 2 camp sites on the creek front with my Mum ( 77) and Brads Mum ( 80) getting a cabin each and 3 of our 4 boys and wives/girlfriends coming and 6 grandchildren. - a total of 16 of us.

Michael and Jane had our old swan camper van and we took our away our new Jayco expander that has bunks and can sleep 7. Loving it!!! The big fridge is awesome, love the washing machine, hot water, outside hot shower.and all the cupboard space.

With the 3 youngest grandchildren ( twins - Tayo and Eliana and Zahli) all being 19 months it was a very busy time. The older ones were: Alaiya 8 Benaiah 6 Ezra 4

Crescent has always been a magical place of serenity and fun playing between the creek and surf. Trips to back beach Plomer to check out the surf and to the rock pools at Delicate Nobby Lots of paddle boarding this year in Killick Creek in the crystal clear water seeing lots of schools of fish.

This will be the last year of the old white wooden bridge that is over 100 years old. In July It was damaged by a storm and the new one will be finished soon. We will miss the old one that is easy to jump off at high tide and great to sit dangling your feet and looking over the side watching an incredible sunset.

Everyone left after the first week and Brad and I stayed on another week to relax! Drove on the beach north to Hat head and then on the beach to Smoky Cape and South West Rocks where we went paddle boarding by the old jail and caught some small waves. Saw millions of beached blue bottles on the beach and some were huge.

Went paddle boarding each morning up Killick Creek for 1 1/2 hours, read lots of books and chilled.

Killick Creek perfection

Killick Creek perfection


Michael and Benaiah about to jump

Michael and Benaiah about to jump


Brad and Michael going paddle boarding

Brad and Michael going paddle boarding


Michael

Michael


Brad

Brad


The grandmas on the beach

The grandmas on the beach


Jane, Mum and Barbara

Jane, Mum and Barbara


Zahli having her bucket bath

Zahli having her bucket bath


Low tide Crescent rock pools

Low tide Crescent rock pools


Papa about to start surf lessons with the kids

Papa about to start surf lessons with the kids


The faces of Ezra

The faces of Ezra


Zahli getting Daddy cuddles

Zahli getting Daddy cuddles


Low tide  starfish collecting

Low tide starfish collecting


Alaiya 8 years old

Alaiya 8 years old


Uncle Nathan burying Benaiah

Uncle Nathan burying Benaiah


The new bridge being built

The new bridge being built


Creek beach

Creek beach


Beach fun

Beach fun


About to be buried

About to be buried


Mum and Eliana in the new van

Mum and Eliana in the new van


Eliana 19 months

Eliana 19 months


Kitchen and front bed

Kitchen and front bed


Kitchen, bunks and back bed

Kitchen, bunks and back bed


Alaiya on Brads board

Alaiya on Brads board


Alaiya

Alaiya


Beach fun

Beach fun


Beach fun

Beach fun


Beach fun

Beach fun


Brad

Brad


Brad and Kristina

Brad and Kristina


Brad

Brad


Brad and Nath

Brad and Nath


Brad and Nath

Brad and Nath


Boat ramp and new surf club

Boat ramp and new surf club


Crystal clear water

Crystal clear water


Zahli, Benaiah and Elyana in the play pen

Zahli, Benaiah and Elyana in the play pen


Playpen time

Playpen time


Keeping the babies trapped and happy

Keeping the babies trapped and happy


Ely and Tayo

Ely and Tayo


Relaxing under the marquees

Relaxing under the marquees


Hang out time

Hang out time


Hanging out

Hanging out


Adam, Kristina and Nath

Adam, Kristina and Nath


Nath, Steph and I

Nath, Steph and I


Nathan and Steph

Nathan and Steph


Nathan and Steph

Nathan and Steph


Nathan and Steph

Nathan and Steph


Searching for shells

Searching for shells


Headland

Headland


Shell Hunting

Shell Hunting


Shell Hunting

Shell Hunting


Shell Hunting

Shell Hunting


Hanging at Michaels van

Hanging at Michaels van


Michaels van

Michaels van


Sunset

Sunset


Sunset

Sunset


Bridge hangs with cool Uncle MIke

Bridge hangs with cool Uncle MIke


Bridge Hangs

Bridge Hangs


Janes cute 35 weeks pregnant  tummy

Janes cute 35 weeks pregnant tummy


View from Point Plomer

View from Point Plomer


View from Plomer

View from Plomer


Lighthouse at Smoky Cape

Lighthouse at Smoky Cape


Smoky Cape

Smoky Cape


Trail Bay Gaol paddle boarding

Trail Bay Gaol paddle boarding


Trial Bay paddle boarding

Trial Bay paddle boarding


The old jail at South West Rocks

The old jail at South West Rocks


South West Rocks

South West Rocks


The jail

The jail


Front of the jail

Front of the jail


Kilometres of blue bottles on beach to Hat Head

Kilometres of blue bottles on beach to Hat Head


Ezra 4 found a star fish

Ezra 4 found a star fish


Benaiah 6

Benaiah 6


Alaiya and Ezra buried

Alaiya and Ezra buried

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

Heading to Crescent Head for holidays!!!

Arrived in from Cambodia last night at 9pm so glad that I had the van all packed before I went away.

We left at midday with Mum to pick up Benaiah and Ezra from the Gold coast to take them down early with us. They were eagerly waiting out on the footpath for us!

We were driving to Coffs Harbour to have a short drive to Crescent in the morning . We arrived at Coffs Harbour around 5pm, found somewhere to buy some fish and chips and checked into our Ibis Hotel. It is only $80 a night and has 1 queen bed and a bunk that both boys could fit in. We stayed her last year as well and it is a nice place to break the journey .Mum had her own room and Michael and Jane had another room with little Zahli. They didn't arrive down until midnight.

Benaiah and Ezra ai Coffs Harbour Ibis Hotel

Benaiah and Ezra ai Coffs Harbour Ibis Hotel


Broke the trip staying at Coffs Harbour

Broke the trip staying at Coffs Harbour

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Took the team to Phnom Penh Tower

On Sunday afternoon we arrived at 4.30pm to watch the sun set over the city from the tallest rooftop bar and restaurant. The views and sunset did not disappoint.

Janet , Leigh and Bianca

Janet , Leigh and Bianca


Sunset over Phnom Penh

Sunset over Phnom Penh


Sunset

Sunset


Our group

Our group


Looking to the Mekong  River

Looking to the Mekong River


Leigh and I

Leigh and I

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