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South West Rocks 14th – 18th November 2021

Day One   Travelling north to South West Rocks, we stopped at the Hunter Botanic Gardens for morning tea provided by the volunteer staff.  There was time to relax and have a stroll around the gardens before continuing the journey to Harrigans Riverside Lodge for our lunch stop where we enjoyed the views over the river mouth before heading up to the lighthouse for more great views across Crowdy Bay National Park. Then we embarked on the final leg of our journey to the Rockpool Hotel in South West Rocks.

 

Day two   Toured the village of South West Rocks then drove out to Arakoon Nature Reserve and Trial Bay Gaol for morning tea and a tour of the gaol.

     

     


We then drove on to Smoky Cape lighthouse

  
 
Then on to Crescent Head for a delicious seafood lunch after which we drove to Kempsey with time to have a stroll around the town before heading back to our hotel.

 

 

Day three   Travelled down the coast to Laurieton and headed up to the summit of North Brother Mountain for wonderful 360 views of the Camden Haven region, Dunbogan and Crowdy Bay National Park.  Several of our members are keen Geocachers and they managed to complete a multi-cache while enjoying the views.

  

In the afternoon we visited the Koala sanctuary in Port Macquarie witnessing the wonderful work that the mainly volunteer group do with the koalas.

   


Then on to the Cassegrain winery for some wine tasting before heading back to our hotel.

 

Day Four  After travelling north through the lush Belligen valley we stopped for morning tea before continuing along Waterfall Way to Dorrigo National Park.


 
The tree top walk which is a popular feature of the park was partly closed due to storm damage, but we were able to enjoy that which was open. 

         

On our return journey we saw more waterfalls and a very interesting ‘Lava’ tree!!
 

  

(Note: Only days later we heard that the Waterfall Way was closed due to the heavy rain causing landslips along the road!)

Day Five> Now on our last day and return to Sydney we travelled to Forster where we boarded the Amaroo for our cruise on the Wallis Lake looking out for the resident dolphins.

  

Our last event before boarding the coach for our return to Sydney was a delicious picnic lunch at One Mile Beach.

Thanks to On Course Tours for organising such an interesting tour and to our coach driver Jim for his entertaining commentary, his great sense of humour and his willingness to help whenever and wherever needed – it was all much appreciated.