65k! You're having a laugh.....
Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
53Trip End Mar 23, 2013
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1. Park up in Grafton for five days
2. Catch the bus to Yamba and camp there overnight
3. Catch a local bus to Angourie
4. Walk for four days
5. Arrange three deep river crossings
6. Catch a bus back from Red Rock to Grafton
7. Plan our food supply to suit the (rare) availablity of shops
9. Carry everything we might need to wear, sleep in, cook with, eat (until we reached a shop), shelter under etc...
10. Make sure the tides were in our favour for the impassable sections...
Surprisingly, we decided to do it anyway.....
We did one, two and three without incident. Yamba was a delightful little town with the bonus of finding a small hostelry where we drank beer. The bus transfers worked perfectly and we commenced on number four.
Hello British Ordnance Survey! If you're out there, any chance you could put a price in for mapping Yuraygir National Park please? The Aussies haven't got a clue! If neice Vicky had been here, I don't think she'd have even started as we had no worthwhile map, directions or anything useful at all. We actually struggled to find the start of the track.... But we did, and we were away. 18km was the plan for day one. It started gently with a stroll along a lovely sandy beach. Then it headed inland. Dan led us into the first "rainforest" section and was enthralled by the crickets jumping out in front of him
The vague instructions that we had suggested that we should head back into the wilderness for the next section. Sod that, we all thought, and headed off along the beach.... We followed the beach South and hoped that we would be able to get to Greycliff camping ground without having to trek inland to find the prescribed path. And we were making good progress. Eventually, we saw the grey cliffs in the distance with what looked like people and tents on the top
We thought we might camp here but there were few facilities so bearing in mind the rain, we headed for a proper campsite at Brooms Head. Checked in, erected tents, had a little doze, went to the bbq area to cook dinner and it hammered it down! So much that we really worried that our cheap tents would be awash. I don't know but I reckon there must have been two inches of rain fell in an hour... But we were all dry and secure and we survived the night - in bed by about 9pm....
The mood was good in Brooms Head campsite despite the rain as we'd discovered that the following days trek was just about entirely beach walking.
The second beach was a touch longer than the previous one at 10km. And this one had hard sand, soft sand, stones, rocky outcrops, jellyfish, driving wind, sunshine and occasional rainstorms. Oh joy! And did I merntion it was 10km long? The legs between breaks got shorter and shorter. Helen developed blisters on the soles of her feet and was forced to walk along a sandy beach in her trainers. By lunchtime-ish - yes, we were still making fine progress - we were stopping for rest about once an hour - and reducing.... By about 8km, Dan was 150 metres ahead of me and I was 75 metres ahead of Helen. I had had enough and there was no way I was going to catch Dan to stop him so I lay down. No, I didn't cry! Helen reached me and did she offer words of encouragement? No, she lay down too. It was at this point that we made a management decision to abort...
We dried and dressed, barely made it to the next campsite location at Minnie Water and headed straight to the general store for refreshing cold drinks. "What time's the next bus to Grafton?" we enquired. "No bus service here, you need to walk" came the reply. So we got a pitch at a fine local campsite, swam in the pool, drank beer, showered, ate home made chicken burgers and the works, slept until the crack of 6.15am the following morning and scrounged a lift on the school bus back to our car in Grafton....
We'd covered 38km and I'm sorry we didn't finish the walk but, as Dan said, no doubt the sea over the next 27km would be entirely similar to what we'd already seen.....