touring the back
newcastle to brisbane by Rob
Time to head south again towards home. We decided to cover a bit of ground so we
put in a days driving from Atkinsons Dam down to Glenreagh
near Coffs Harbour via the Summerland Highway to Grafton &
then the Orara Way. Shannon Park at Glenreagh is one of our
favourite cuppa stops right next to the Orara River. The
nearby recreation reserve also offers open grassy camping.
Glenreagh Rec Reserve
the kookaburra gang
Flooded gums at Shannon
From Glenreagh we head south down the
Orara Way to Nana Glen & then onto the back roads once again
through some breathtaking rainforest to the Forest Sky
Pier at Sealy Lookout. At 310 metres high the lookout offers
great views over the Coffs Coast.
the view of Coffs Harbour
from Sealy Lookout
Forest Sky Pier
Not far from the lookout we drove down a
gravel road through the rainforest to a picnic table for
morning tea in the Bruxner Park Flora Reserve. This is the
forest we enjoy the most with huge Flooded gums, Strangler
Figs, Bangalow Palms with Birdsnest Ferns, Elkhorn Ferns &
Basket Ferns adorning most large trees.
huge Flooded gum
We drive down the Pacific Highway to
Macksville & camp at Gumma Reserve on Warrell Creek, one of
our favourite places along the coast. You can hear the waves
breaking on the beach on the other side of the river not too
Moreton Bay Fig
Little Red Flying Fox
It is always a treat to stop at Mount
Yarrahapinni with a great view of the coast over Southwest
Rocks & down to Hat Head & Crescent Head further south at
498 metres high.
At the base of Mount Yarrahapinni is
Yarriabini National Park featuring an old growth forest
filled with Flooded Gums, Hoop Pines, Strangler Figs, Giant
Stinging Trees, Bangalow Palms & the cool clear Way Way
Creek running through it.
looking out over
Southwest Rocks from Mount Yarrahapinni
Way Way Creek
Once again it is on the highway & down to
Swans Crossing for the night. Not too many photos here as I
twisted my knee.
Sticking to the back roads we wander to
the west of Middle & South Brother Mountains to Landsdowne
for morning tea at the reserve on the Landsdowne River &
drive through the lanes & back roads to Wingham, making
Gloucester for a pie at the bakery. There there we head down
the Bucketts Way & turn off at Stroud Road for Dungog,
finally making camp at Lostock Dam. The sunset & sunrise
From Lostock unfortunately it was only a
short drive home.