HAT HEAD REVISITED
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
322Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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Hat Head Holiday
JOURNEY: Corindi, Mullaway,Coffs Harbour, Sawtell; scenic drive Scott's Head, Grassy Head, Stuart Point to our destination, Hat Head
WEATHER: Sunny and 20 -28 degrees on Thursday; Friday cool and cloudy; Saturday rain all day; Sunday rain cleared but cool.
Sometimes it is hard to leave a place and Corindi Beach was one of those spots- campground cheap and scenic, beach, views and walks with a little village supplying necessities! We will return!
A short distance off the Pacific Highway, we pulled into Mullaway and walked the path for ocean views and then stopped for a while at Coffs Harbour, a large coastal town of 61,000 people, with a decent harbour and centre of banana plantations, dairy production as well as a holiday destination.
The wind had turned breezy when we parked at Park Beach for a break and we didn't have any reason to go into town so we drove through and reached Sawtell a pretty town on the beach.
We recalled checking out the town on our last visit so decided to explore new territory at Valla Beach- just gorgeous with its wide white beach and little village!
The 30 km scenic drive looping off the highway just south of Macksville was a pleasant diversion and we took note of the camping grounds at Scotts Head, right on the beach and very appealing; Grassy Head, an older shabbier camping site behind the dunes.
And finally Stuarts Point where we stopped for lunch and followed the action of birds, dogs and people on the tidal river. The camping ground was busy with grey nomads and fishermen and looked inviting.
Next stop Hat Head!
The title of the blog refers to the fact that we were here for a couple of days in November 2009, on the first leg of our big adventure- we were rushing a bit then to catch the ferry from Melbourne to Tasmania on Dec.4.
This time we are without such a tight time frame so can spend longer in our favourite places and Hat Head village was one of them. The national park is quite spectacular!
Unpowered site 315 was given to us on arrival at the Hat Head Caravan Park and on Thursday afternoon we were happy with the spot. Friday found us in the middle of a wedding group who were camped in tents, caravans and the on site villas. They were an ok crowd and heavy rain on Friday night and most of Saturday forced them inside to party.
We felt sorry for the couple who had planned to wed on the beach on Saturday at 4pm- it was dark, raining and windy so long time plans were scrapped and the ceremony took place in the Surf Club, not quite the same romantic setting. They all dressed up again on Sunday to take pictures under sunny skies!
The wet weather on Saturday kept us confined to the van with a couple of short sessions under our canopy but the wind forced that closed. We found enough to happily pass the day but were a bit disappointed when Sunday morning dawned wet and cloudy- by noon the sun peeked through and we could get out with another trip to Connor Beach, a surf beach across the headland a kilometer from the camp.
A family of kangaroos took notice as we marched on by but went back to feeding when they saw we meant no harm. They are so cool!
The Korogoro trail is an attractive track around the headland with views over the coast and sea and well worth the effort.
The tidal creek is very interesting showing up deep red as the tide goes out and a lovely blue when the tide comes back in. We watched groups of fish in the water from the walk bridge across the creek- noone seems to be catching them.
Happily the general store was selling local flat head in batter for $1.50 a piece and Kath got a bit greedy and returned a few times to savour the delicious fresh fish.
The Bowling Club has a first class chef in charge of the dining room and although we did inspect the menu and dining room we never did go back to eat there; we had too much food on hand to eat out! Next time!
There are two interesting walking tracks from here through the national park and they are worth the effort with views and coastal vegetation along the way.
Our stay here was extended because we are awaiting the WWOOFERs handbook that we had mailed to the Hat Head Post Office. Willing Workers on Organic Farms is the translation and we thought it might be something different to try as we travel around- you do a little bit of work for your keep for a short time and some of the farms are in idyllic places so we are keen to read the handbook for possible destinations!
We hooked up with the NSW camp ground host program but they wanted to send us back to Bundjulung NP for the hosting and being for the month of the Xmas holidays we know that it would be a demanding stint. So we stepped out of that program for the present.
Tuesday morning and it was time to pack and set off southwards again.