This roadtrip had been planed for a while and we almost didnt make it due to a stubborn bolt but we got that sorted and the car was ready to go 12pm the day before we left! We left about 6:30am on the 7th september heading for Dubbo, instead of heading out through sydney we decided to head out there through local roads which was great as we saw parts of the central coast we had never seen before, we stopped at Denman for breakfast then continued through to Dubbo, not far from Dunedoo just before Elong Elong we almost collected a roo which came out straight in front of us only just missing it as i had braked rather heavily but didnt swerve, thats one thing i told the girlfriend not to do as well, yes we may hit the roo but there are more trees around us that would probably of killed us if we hit one of them instead.
We arrived in Dubbo early afternoon and got a spot at the Dubbo City holiday park, we had some rather intoxicated locals camping next to us but by the time we setup and headed into Dubbo for supplies and got back they were gone, thankfully.
The next day we headed into the Western Plain Zoo which at $46 each adult we thought was extremely rich considering about 8 animals were not on display. But we were first into the park and it was very quiet but we got up close with the giraffes as one came up right to the fence for us. The worst part was the nesting magpies which decided to do afew flybys and the highlight was the meercats and the farting zebra.. lol
We had dinner at the local bowling club just up the road which was pretty nice headed home and hit the sack ready for an early morning and another long drive to Tamworth.
( The weather was quite cold in Dubbo we even went and bought a beanie each as the nights were freezing and to make matters worse our new oztrail queen blown up mattress on the frame was leaking badly during the night. )
The drive to Tamworth was nice, went through afew small towns but the roads were long and straight which made for some tired drivers so we did the right thing and 'stopped revived survived'. Tamworth was windy and freezing so instead of camping it we decided to get a cabin for 2 nights at the Big4 Paradise Tourist Park which was right on the river we were glad to get a cabin as it snowed in Tamworth that night up in the hills. We went and saw the Golden Guitar and went down the main street looking at shops etc... well the girlfriend did i was just dragged along lol.
The cabin was clean and after we put the a/c on it was nice and warm and we had a chance to wash some clothes. We went for a drive into a town called Nundle which is about 40 minutes from Tamworth and hired some goldpans and had a go at panning down on the river, as expected we got nothing lol but we had fun while doing it. We went into the Woollen Mill while we were there too. We explored alot of Tamworth, look outs etc and had a good time. So after 2 nights in Tamworth it was onto the big drive for the Holiday which was Byron Bay.
We went through alot of towns and bypassed Armidale so we could go through Tenterfield which we stopped at for lunch, it looked like a really nice town and on the way out we stopped at the Tenterfield Saddler and had a chat with the employee there for about 20 minutes about all the local stuff, so next time we are near there i would definitely like to spend afew nights there.
We could tell when we were getting closer to the coast as the traffic got heavier and there were traffic lights lol. Byron was packed as expected and the first holiday park we went to wanted $50 a night so we kept looking and found the Byron Bay Tourist Village which was $12.50 a night each so we camped it there, the operators were kind enough to put us down in the quiet area rather than with the drunken yahoo's with there music blaring which was good, it was fenced and had a large security gate. The weather in Byron was abit 50/50, the first 2 days were mainly fine but we got some rain on the second night which meant packing the tent up went yet again.
From Byron we were not to sure where to go so we called into Lennox Head which looked like a great place but for some reason we decided to keep heading south and ended up in Coffs harbour for 4 days in a cabin at Park Beach Holiday Park, the weather was fantastic and everyone was mainly friendly, we went to the Butterfly Farm which even for a bloke i really liked it and we did some fossicking as well and got afew good sized sapphires. We did alot of looking around and took afew photos. Then came the night before we had to head home so everything was reluctantly packed up and reading for the trip home, we really did not want this trip to end and we loved every moment of it, Apart from the Oztrail Bed deflating completely within afew hours, that was really the only bad thing about it, sure there were afew yahoo's and yobbo's but they are to be expected especially in Byron Bay, which i have to say we were not that keen on.. we would like to go back when its abit quieter to explore it abit more though.
For me, i loved being out west with the rolling hills and the red dust and would really love to live there some day but i also enjoyed the coast, mainly Coffs harbour as we were the only 2 people on the beach.
We have a heap of pics to go through so will get them up when i can.