Saturday, July 15, 2017

Uralla to Woody Head Camp Ground Iluka via Ebor & Grafton Frid 14th

Yet another frosty night in Uralla. Packed everything except the tents, and went for breakfast while we waited for the sun to work its magic.

Uralla has a great cafe - The Alternate Root - that I've patronised more than once over the last few trips up and down to Byron. Great breakfasts and 1st class coffee in an old converted general store. Old pressed metal ceilings with stained glass skylights add to the "vibe".

After a hearty feed and coffee back to the caravan park to pack the damp tents and hit the road.

Over dinner we had decided to skip Bellingen and Nambucca and instead to head for Iluka and Woody Head camp ground in the National Park. Our good friends from Congo were already there in their campervan. This allowed us to take the back road from Ebor to Grafton which is another fantastic ride. Quieter with less traffic than Waterfall Way.

Brief stop in Armidale for fuel then on to Ebor Falls for the mandatory morning coffee and toilet break. Sunny but 12 degrees.

As we dropped down from the escarpment, the temperature rose to balmy 24 degrees. Bliss, but it meant a roadside stop to shed a layer of warm clothing. Bypassed Grafton with a minor detour due to navigational error.... A quick blat up the dreaded Pacific Highway then a right turn to Iluka for provisions, beer and petrol.

Woody Head is NSW Parks run campsite, so very orderly with demarcated and numbered sites. Being NSW school holidays it was fairly full with family groups. After our previous out of the way campsites, it felt a little crowded & noisy with kids dashing madly about on foot and on pushbikes and parents admonishing them for some misdeed. Also - fairly expensive by our standards - $50 for the 3 of us plus $1 per hot shower.

Still, a lovely spot and we spent a pleasant evening sharing dinner and drinks with Paula and Jock. So we went to bed happy but tired after our longest day on the road so far....

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