After we left Mooloolaba we planned to do a few overnight stops in order to spend a few days down at Tathra.
We left on the Sunday and had decided to drive to Byron Bay to have lunch and a quick look around. Unfortunly we had overlooked the fact that it was a long weekend in NSW and QLD and being a Sunday, there of course was a market happening in Byron. So after it took us an hour to drive the last 3 km into the town of Byron Bay we managed to find a park for the car and van and quickly found somewhere to have a quick lunch as by this time it was 1:30 and we were starving. We ate lunch and promptly left without having a look around as the place was swarming with people. So sadly Byron Bay has been earmarked to be explored at another time in the future, preferably during the working week and NOT in school holidays.
Our aim was to stopover somewhere near Yamba, but considering the long weekend we didn’t fancy our chances of finding accommodation near town so we turned to our Wikicamps app to have a look. We found an overnight stay in Brushgrove, further south than Yamba right off the M1. We camped in the reserve opposite the Pub, the reserve had a shaded playground, BBQ and picnic tables and flushing toilets. We didn’t feel like cooking so we went over to the pub for dinner, Axle the bartender was very friendly and helpful and we had some great $10 meals and even meals with gluten free options. After dinner we had an early night before another day of driving.
Our next overnight stop was Lakeside Resort Forster, this park was fantastic and looked after us very well. We decided to stay here as when I was doing the ring around prior to arriving in town, the park owner/manager said he would only charge me low season rate (as it was Monday night of the long weekend and technically school holidays were over) and he would only charge for 3 kids not 4. All the other parks including the Big 4 were an extra $30 just for the night. We figured this park wasn’t greedy like the others, therefore we were more than happy to give them our hard earned money. The kids had a ball with a heated pool, playground and basketball court and I was able to get some washing done and dried, whilst Nik had a coldie. Sadly we left before 9 the next morning to continue our southward bound journey.
After a solid morning driving we decided to veer off course to surprise the girls by having lunch at Bondi beach, the girls LOVE the TV show Bondi rescue and after some stressful navigation through narrow Sydney streets and a trip over the Sydney Harbour Bridge we arrived at Bondi. Bec, Zoe and I had gluten free smoothies for lunch whilst the others opted for Maccas!!! We then went for a walk down to the beach and took a photo of the girls in front of the iconic ‘tower’. By this stage it was getting late and we had a few more hundred km’s to go so we moved on and once again used Wikicamps to determine our next overnight stop. This time we decided upon the Berri Showgrounds, it was cheap at $24 for us all and turned out to be a pleasant stopover.
Finally our last full day (Wednesday) of driving had us stop for lunch at a park in Batemans Bay and arriving at Tathra Beach Family Park by mid afternoon. We didn’t have a booking and just as we thought there were plenty of empty sites and we were given a site backing onto the sand dunes and the beach, perfect!!! We spent the next few days relaxing, surfing and mucking around after what has been a busy couple of weeks. On Saturday we sadly packed up and left for home, with heads full of more to do lists and jobs that needed to be done. We are on the home stretch now, not long and we are down to the business end of it all.
The van set up at Tathra Park.
Water Park at Tathra Beach Family Park.
Zoe with Frankie J Holden, park owner.
Scones cooked in the weber.