Back into NSW

Where are we now >> Iluka NSW (http://goo.gl/maps/g3CMZ)
Total Kilometres travelled to date = 19,189
Total days on the road since leaving home = 82

Sunday 30 June 2013
We spent a very pleasant couple of days at the Lodge at Bunya Mountains with our Brisbane family before saying our farewells last Friday then retracing our route back down the mountain on a very foggy morning. As there are no demisters on our visors or glasses the trip down was very slow with constant stops to clear them so we could see. We finally made it down the narrow and winding road again setting off past the site of our recent Kangaroo incident not without some trepidation. The trip passed without incident however and, after catching up with a motorcycling friend in Toowoomba we headed for the coast for our night’s billet with friends at Redland Bay south of Brisbane. After an enjoyable stay (and perhaps a little more than our normal intake of wine) we headed south for a luncheon appointment with an ex work colleague at Main Beach – Surfers Paradise. We then headed for another billet with relatives at Benora Point where we were given a royal welcome.

We headed off this wet and cold morning for yet another luncheon appointment with friends in Ballina at the fantastic Ballina Services Club. We rocked in like drowned rats after a very wet ride the 100 k or so from Benora Point. After an enjoyable lunch we headed south again for our stopover tonight at the fishing village of Iluka at the mouth of the Clarence River. The ride was wet and cold but not as wet as the morning ride. Given all the fine weather we have been blessed with for the bulk of our trip I guess we can’t complain about the occasional wet day. Tomorrow we looking forward to spending a couple of days with our Coffs family some 100 km down the road.

In the rain forest amongst the giant Bunya Pines

In the rain forest amongst the giant Bunya Pines

Some of the local inhabitants at Bunya Mountains

Some of the local inhabitants at Bunya Mountains

Enjoying a coach ride at Bunya Mountains

Enjoying a coach ride at Bunya Mountains