South Coast NSW

(Including F Troop Muster)


Banner 2013Free camping on the waterfront, Coffs Harbour, early 2012

2013 Caravan Trip - South Coast NSW

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Trip Preparation
Caravan got new bearings, tyres and other TLC, as it has done over 26,000 km plus is over five years old .  Also new battery (120A AGM) and a gas heater was install after our last trip South in 2012.  Narava got a dual battery isolator system and a new aux battery (80A AGM).  M & M very keen to hit the road again and staying close to ensure they are not left behind!
M & M ready to do the caravan thing
5/6 Feb 2013
Overnight pit stop at Woombah Wood Caravan Park.  Handy as it is just off the Pacific Highway just before Yamba.
Woombah Wood CP
6/11 Feb 2013
Spent a few days at Scotts Head Holiday Park which is near Macksville.  Denis grow up in the Macksville, leaving to joining the Army after High School.  On this trip we located the old Ambulance Station which was the family home for many years.  It was through it had been demolished.  Also had a look at the Frank Partridge VC Military Museum (Bowraville) and the Pub with no beer.  The Pub was made famous by Slim Dusty with the song of the same name.  M & M got lots of beach walks.
Scotts Head main beach
Scotts Head little beach Macksville-Scotts Head Surf Life Saving Club Bowraville Bowraville
Old Aubulance Station, Macksville Colleen walking on the beach Colleen and M & M on the beach Pub with no Beer
11/12 Feb 2013
Overnight at the Lake Macquarie Village and Caravan Park.  Raining!
No powered sites available so it was a good test of the new batteries system, which worked well.  120A AGM battery in the Caravan, 80A AGM battery in the tray of the Narava for the Waeco, managed by the new Dual Battery Isolator under the Narava bonnet.
Narava Dual Battery Arrangement
12/14 Feb 2013
EPIC Canberra.  We checked out the original Long Tan Cross on loan to the AWM from the Vietnamese.  After a bit of shopping, arrived back at the caravan to find new neighbours, that were friends from our Army days.  It was great catching up with Bruce and Robyn Watts.
Long Tan Cross at the AWM
14/17 Feb 2013
Cooma Showy Mountains Tourist Park.  Frist day did a trip to see the Swony Mountains are included Jindabyne and the Lake of the same name, Lake Eucumbene and Adaminaby.  At Adaminaby we found the Big Trout that featured in a photo from a camping trip when our kids were young.
Mt Gradstone lookout just outside Cooma
The big Trout, Adaminaby Old Jeep and the Caravan Site - Vert Antenna for TV setup Lake Jindabyne and the Township of the same name The Snowy Mountains

Lake Jindabyne
17/21 Feb 2013
Eden Tourist Park.   Arrive after a easy trip down from Cooma which including coming off the Great Dividing Range at Brown Mountain, after a stop at Pipers Lookout.  Tourist Park is one of the best we have stay at!   Lake Curaio on one side and Twofold Bay on the other side, with big grassy caravan sites - easy to see why all the Victorians are holidaying in the Park and Eden. First thing we notice was Eden area was put on the map by the explorer Lt Matthew Flinders (Like the homebase, the Glass House Mountains).  That guy sure got around!  First day had a drive around and visited the old Davidson Whaling Station.
Port of Eden
Pipers Lookout Port of Eden Plague Foot prints in the sand at Eden Old Davidson House at the Whaling Station
Denis at Kiah Inlet - Eden in the back ground Good here on the road, Missy! Wildlife at the Lake near the Caravan Park, Eden Twofold Bay from Davidson Whaling Station

Twofold Bay from Eden - Caravan Park on the left
21/26 Feb 2013
Pleasurelea Tourist Park, Batemans Bay.  Arrived, setup and off to locate our friends Bob and Mary Coulson at their Holiday home in Long Beach.  Bob and Mary are well and Shannon also came down for the weekend.  Shannon is our God Daughter.  However its raining in Batemans Bay! 
Bob and Mary - On the Beach
Coast near Bob and Mary's holiday home Catching up with old friends Sunshine Bay, Bateman Bay At Bob and Mary's holiday home
26/5 Mar 2013
Zane Grey Tourist Park, Bermagui.  Arrived a day early for a washing day and I was instructed to not get 'found' until all the work is completed - Help please find me troops!  Troops are arriving and the girls are on holidays at the Bermagui kennel for a few days.  Our lovely little girls found chook poo to roll in before going so had to have a bath first! 

Great few days with some special guys and their ladies.  Bob Shearing and his wife Di did us proud.  See you all again in Gundagai, April 2015.

M & M survived the kennel and were pleased to be home in the caravan.  Time to hit the road again!
Bermagui

Bermagui
Bermagui coast near caravan park Blue pool near caravan park Blue pool near caravan park Bermagui boat habour
Chooks at Bermagui Caravan Park Maggie being dried after bath Meeting Bruce O'Brian - SVVA Vic Some F Troop Lads at play
Lunch at the boat habour Colleen and Jan bowling Denis and Rosie bowling Some F Troop Ladies
Colleen having a pat and rest in Tilba Colleen checking out two locals Some of F Troop having Coffee in Tilba Sign in a shop at Tilba
Visiting Tilba Camel Rock near Bermagui The Ladies, F Troop Muster 2013 The Lads, F Troop Muster 2013
Bermagui Coast Tathra Wharf Good times at Bermagui Bermagui on right

Bermagui Bridge
5/8 Mar 2013
Fast trip home from Bermagui, so we can attend the first Bronco match, Friday night (8th).  Over night camps at Canowindra Rest Area (Camps 7 NSW #462), Narrabri Showground (Camps 7 NSW #772) and was going to camp at Yarramalong Weir (Camps 7 QLD #644).   Weir in flood and camp area very muddy, so move on to Hampton (Camps 7 QLD #465)

Broncos lost the game #@#@#$!

Total trip fuel stats
5232km travelled
945 litres of diesel used
18.46 litres per 100km (5.53km per Litre)
Yarramalong Weir in flood

Free camping at Hampton, Qld
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