SOUTH TO TASMANIA! NO TURNING BACK!
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
322Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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RED ROCK CARAVAN PARK ON THE BEACH
BRUNSWICK HEADS (again) Mileage: 6012kms
By the time we did all our stuff and set off, it was 3pm and with NSW on daylight saving time we decided to pull into BH again for the night. For our last over night stay in The Terrace Reserve we splurged on a river front site to enjoy the breeze and sounds of the ocean.
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 10 2009
RED ROCK NSW
About 40 kms south of Grafton (35kms north of Coffs Harbour) the Pacific Highway hits the coast again; we had not yet decided on our destination for the day, planning to check out some of the beaches on the coast
Well, the caravan park is on the beach, spacious and breezy and powered sites are $20pn so ……….A tourist we met in the shop was singing the praises of the park and vowed it was the best spot for camping this side north of Coffs Harbour. Well who is to argue and we loved the feel of the place!
The town, more like a village, gets its name from the red rocks on the beach. The area has important Aboriginal heritage; the Gumbaingirr people used to travel to the area for ceremonies and festivals because of the abundance of ochre along the beach and the large quantities of fish and oysters. The ochre was used for ceremonial body paint and art. Sadly the name “blood rock” is also used to describe the place, the place where the massacre of aboriginal people off the headland was perpetrated by early white settlers. A cairn and plaque has been erected on the site to commemorate this horrible event.
Apparently the village gradually developed from the early tin sheds built for holiday makers in the 1920s. A recently retired, new arrival in the village told us that it is a great place to live but that the ocean is dangerous; a Korean man drowned here last week and one earlier in the year. You can see the dangerous rips from the headland.
The bushland, ocean and river made this a special place and we walked a number of well laid out tracks around the area to appreciate the beauty and ambience.