New South Wales North Coast

Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
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Trip End Apr 05, 2009


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Sunday, January 18, 2009

EN:
After two very nice days in the Blue Mountains we were back on the road, we had to keep moving North towards Queensland. We headed back towards the coast through the very scenic road between Lithgow and Richmond, the most scenic route accross the Blue Mountains, some say. Just before Kurrajong we turned North again, towards the Hunter Valley, which is one of Australia's best known wine regions. ;-) When we got to Hunter Valley, we immediatelly realised we were in heaven, there must be hundreds of wineries along the roads here and they all have signs inviting you for free wine tasting, these are obviously very dangerous roads! We had no choice but to go for some wine tasting and shopping. We managed to visit 3 wineries before we decided it would be wise to leave the area (we tasted several different wines per winery :-)), after all we still had a long way to drive, and we already have bought a few bottles of very nice wine. After a long day drin... erh... driving!... we stopped at Raymond Terrace (wherever that is!) for the night.

The next day we made it back to the coast and continued towards Port Macquire, the sun was shining, so we decided we would do some beaching on the way. We stopped at several fairly nice beaches which seemed to be very popular as they were all packed, so we kept on going until we stumbled upon a very long, stunning, and totally empty beach near Forster, we are not sure if it was the 7 mile beach, or the 9 mile beach, or the 1 mile beach we saw on the map... anyway, it was really nice so we stayed around for a good while. We have to say that most beaches we saw in New South Wales seem to be great for surfing, but not all that great if all you want to do is soak in the sun and go for a swim. Later that day we found a great caravan park at North Haven (not far from Port Macquire), right by the sea, with a great view, and very quiet... almost no children around! :-)

From Port Macquire we decided to drive through the Waterfall Way, a road lined by a spectacular set of World Heritage-listed national parks, and by... you guessed it... waterfalls. This meant we would do a several hundred km detour, so our expectations were high! We were a bit disappointed when we pulled at our first stop at the Bakers Creek Falls only to find they were dry, we were seriously disappointed when we got to the even dryer Wollomombi Falls (one of Australia's highest at 260m, when they run), and by the time we got to Point Lookout (where the views are supposed to be superb) and found it surrounded by mist, we were cursing the day we decided to travel this way. Our day was saved when we arrived to Ebor Falls (with very low expectations) and found these to be running, and stunning. The road between Ebor and Dorrigo, where we stopped for the night, was also really nice, surrounded by an amazing countryside. The next morning we visited the also very nice Dangar Falls near Dorrigo, and then headed towards the coast to Coffs Harbour through Bellingen, this is also a really nice route.

We didn't see much of Coffs Harbour, but we saw enough to know we didn't want to stick around, it is a typical Australian family holiday destination. We stopped for a picture of the Big Banana, a dubious tourist attraction which is said to have started Australia's craze for big things (we have already seen the Big Winch at Coober Pedy, and the Big Lobster in Kingston... and we saw a few other simillar stuff after the Banana). We made a few more stops on the way and when we saw the Big Prawn (yup... the big prawn :-|) at Ballina, we knew this was where we should spend the night, so we found a caravan park next to the beach and settled for the night. The next day was our last day in New South Wales, but we still managed to see Byron Bay, an amazing place, before we went on to Queensland.

PT:
Depois de dois dias bem passados nas Blue Mountains estavamos de volta à estrada, tinhamos que continuar em direcção a Queensland, a Norte. Rumámos de volta à costa seguindo a panorâmica estrada (há quem diga que a mais panorâmica nas Blue Mountains) entre Lithgow e Richmond. Mesmo antes de Kurrajong virámos de novo para Norte, em direcção ao Vale Hunter que é uma das mais famosas regiões viniculas da Austrália. ;-) Quando chegámos ao Vale Hunter vimos logo que estavamos no sítio certo, devem haver centenas de adegas ao longo das estradas, e todas têm sinais a convidar-nos para provas de vinho grátis... estas são obviamente estradas muito perigosas! Não pudemos evitar visitar algumas adegas para provar vinhos, e comprar algumas garrafas. Conseguimos visitar 3 adegas antes de decidirmos que seria mais sensato afastarmo-nos da área (provámos vários vinhos por adega :-)), afinal de contas ainda tinhamos muitos quilómetros pela frente, e já tinhamos comprado algumas garrafas. Depois de um longo dia na adeg... errh... estrada!... parámos em Raymond Terrace (onde quer que isso seja!) para passarmos a noite.

No dia seguinte estavamos de volta à costa e continuámos para Norte em direcção a Port Macquire, estava um belo dia de sol, por isso decidimos parar um bocado na praia. Parámos em várias praias bastante bonitas que nos pareceram ser bastante populares pois estavam apinhadas de gente, por isso continuámos a tentar até que, perto de Forster, encontrámos uma bela praia, muito comprida, e completamente vazia. Não temos a certeza, mas pensamos que era a 7 Mile Beach. Temos que dizer que a maioria das praias que vimos na Nova Gales do Sul nos pareceram boas praias de surf, mas não muito boas para apenas fazer praia. Mais tarde encontrámos um parque de caravanas espectacular em North Haven (perto de Port Macquire), junto ao mar, com excelentes vistas, e bastante tranquilo... quase não haviam crianças! :-)

Desde Port Macquire, decidimos percorrer a Waterfall Way (Rota das Cataratas), uma estrada ladeada de espectaculares parques nacionais listados como património mundial pela UNESCO, e por, como o nome indica, cataratas. Para isso tivémos que fazer um desvio de várias centenas de quilómetros por isso as nossa expectativas eram altas! Ficámos um bocadinho desapontados quando chegámos às cataratas de Baker Creek e as encontrámos secas, ficámos muito desapontados quando chegámos às igualmente secas cataratas Wollomombi (quando a água corre são das mais altas da Austrália, 260m), e quando chegámos a Point Lookout (o ponto mais alto da região, supostamente com vistas espectaculares) e nos encontrámos no mei de nevoeiro tivémos a certeza que tinhamos desperdiçado um dia e muitos litros de gasolina. O que salvou o dia foram as cataratas de Ebor, onde chegámos sem expectativas nenhumas, e demos de caras com umas cataratas espectaculares. A etrada entre Ebor e Dorrigo, onde passámos a noite, também era bastante bonita, ladeada de vistas impressionantes. No dia seguinte visitámos as também muito belas cataratas de Dangar, perto de Dorrigo, e continuámos viagem em direcção a Coffs Harbour passando por Bellingen, esta é também uma estrada espectacular.

Não vimos muito de Coffs Harbour, mas vimos o suficiente para sabermos que não nos queriamos demorar por ali, é um típico destino turístico para familias Australianas. Parámos para uma foto da Banana Gigante (Big Banana), uma atracção turistica duvidosa que dizem ter iniciado a moda das coisas grandes na Austrália (já tinhamos visto a Lagosta Gigante em Kingston, e a Roldana Gigante em Coober Pedy... e ainda vimos outras coisas similares depois da Big Banana. Fizémos mais umas paragens pelo caminho, e quando vimos o Camarão Gigante (sim... o Camarão Gigante... :-|), decidimos que aqui passariamos a noite, por isso encontrámos um parque de caravanas junto à costa e abancámos. O dia seguinte foi o nosso último dia na Nova Gales do Sul, mas antes de seguirmos para Queensland ainda visitámos a bela cidade costeira de Byron Bay.

CZ:
Modre hory jsme opousteli s tezkym srdcem, ale chteli jsme se posunout dal na sever, takze jsme vyrazili smerem stat Queensland. Silnice mezi Lithgow a Richmondem ma pry nejkrasnejsi panoramata, tak jsme jeli tudy. Tesne pred mestem Kurrajong jsme odbocili na sever do udoli Hunnter Valley, kde je to sama vinice, jaka nahoda. :-) Hned, jak jsme tam zajeli, bylo nam jasny, ze jsme v nebi. Minuli jsme desitky vinic a vsechny nabizeji ochutnavky vina, nebezpecna oblast! Navstivili jsme 3 ruzna vinarstvi a ochutnali a nakoupili nekolik ruznych vin, ale pak uz jsme radsi odpalili, nekdo musel ridit a jeste nas cekala dlouha cesta. :-) Noc jsme stravili skyt v Raymond Terrace skyt buh vi skyt kde to bylo skyt.

Rano jsme se vratili na pobrezi a pokracovali do pristavu Port Macquire, slunicko svitilo, a tak jsme se dali na plazovani. Nejdriv se nam moc nedarilo, nachazeli jsme akorat prumerne, vetrne a precpane plaze, ale nakonec jsme zabodovali a nasli si dlouhou, krasnou a prazdnou! plaz v blizkosti Forsteru, uz nevime, jestli to byla 7-mi milova, 9-ti milova nebo 1-no milova plaz, kazdopadne jsme tu zakotvili na par hodin, line se valeli a pozorovali priboj. Na plavani to tu obecne moc neni, more bouri, ale surfari se raduji. Navecer jsme si nasli kemp v meste North Haven, kde je krasny vyhled na more, a hlavne tam byl klidek, skoro zadny deti tam nelitaly a nehulakaly! :-)

Druhy den jsme pokracovali po silnici zvane Waterfall Way, je to tam samy narodni park a (evidentne) vodopad. Byla to pro nas celkem zajizdka, takze jsme se desne tesili na vsechny ty vodopady..., ktere se ale bohuzel nekonaly. Nejdriv jsme zastavili u vodopadu Bakers Creek Falls, kde nebyla ani kapka, nasledovaly jeste o neco vysusenejsi Wollomombi Falls (v provozu maji 260m), no a dodelala nas zastavka na vyhledove plosine Point Lookout, kde byla mlha, ze by se dala krajet, takze bylo videt akorat tak prt. Tise jsme proklinali den, kdy jsme se rozhodli projet si Waterfall Way. Pred sebevrazdou nas zachranily vodopady Ebor Falls, kde dokonce tekla voda, a byly vazne krasne. :-) Venkovska panaromata mezi Eborem a Dorrigem nas uchvatila, stejne jako vodopady Dangar Falls nedaleko Dorriga. Pak jsme se vratili na pobrezi pres Bellingen az do Coffs Harbour, coz byla taky docela pekna trasa.

V Coffs Harbouru je mirne receno preturisteno, takze jsme se tu moc nezdrzeli, akorat jsme si vyfotili Velky Banan, o kterem se rika, ze vyprovokoval australskou horecku "na velke veci" - uz jsme shledli Velky Okov v Coober Pedy, Velkou Langustu v Kingstonu a par dalsich kycu pozdeji. Dalsi hruzou byla Velka Kreveta v Baline, kde jsme prespali, a druhy den jeste navstivili uzasny Byron Bay, no a potom opustili stat New South Wales a vstoupili do statu Queensland.
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sarka13
sarka13 on

:o)
Nazdárek cestovatelé!
Opět se nemůzu nabazit - nádherná příroda, nádherné fotky - díky! Ten jestěr, co zral toho mrtvého ptáka byl fakt hustej. Jak byl dlouhej?
Těsím se na fotky a komentáře z NZ.
Pa Sárka

aguas
aguas on

Re: :o)
Cau Sari,
Dekujem za komentar a jsme radi, ze te nase prispevky tesi. :-)
Jester byl dlouhej asi metr, pekna humusarna jak seskrabaval toho mrtvyho ptaka z asfaltu, musel uz tam bejt nejmin tejden, teda ten ptak, ha!
Jsme ted trochu pozadu, jako obvykle, ale uz pomalu dokoncujem Australii, tak NZ uz bude brzy.
Packo E&N

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