CHINDERAH : Saturday, 1st May.
It rained overnight but the good news is that our mouse problem appears to be resolved. We have neither seen nor heard any evidence that our little nuisance had any accomplices so we can safely assume that he was working alone.
After defrosting the fridge and completing a couple of little odd jobs, we headed off on Tourist Drive 40 to Murwillumbah through sugar cane country, which surprised us as we didn't realise that sugar cane was grown this far south.
Murwillumbah was very quiet with very few shops/cafes open but after a wander up and down the main street, we stopped in at the Imperial Hotel
which we assume acts as a levy in the case of flooding. Further along the tourist drive, also known as Tweed Valley Way, we called into the small village of Burringbar,
hoping to find a cafe but the only one we found was closed so continued on and a short distance along the road came to the Tweed Valley Whey Farmhouse Cheeses Shop which also housed a cafe but we decided to have a house made ice crean each instead of coffee, a good choice as they were delicious.
Passing through the quaintly named village of Mooball, we noticed an oversized motorcycle parked on the side of the road
so thought perhaps Mooball is the home of giants!
Leaving Tourist Drive 40, we crossed over the M1 to the coast at Wooyung
then followed the coast road, joining the Tourist Drive 38 at Pottsville,
and stopping at Cabarita Beach, remembering that the last time we were here, ten or twelve years ago, there was a wedding ceremony being held on the lawn above the beach - this time there was a wedding party on the beach!
We drove through Kingscliff to Fingal Head, parked the car and walked up the path and steps to the lighthouse
stopping on the way 'home' to photograph the bridge to Tweed Heads
and the sunset over the Tweed River from in front of the caravan park.
In spite of the fact that it has rained on and off for most of the day, it has been a fabulous day of sightseeing and being tourists and a most enjoyable day.
CHINDERAH : Sunday, 2nd May.
Today was a family day which we spent with my aunt who lives in nearby Kingscliff.
GOODWOOD ISLAND : Monday, 3rd May.
We left Chinderah this morning and began the the trip south via the M1 with an hour long stop at Mullumbimby. The road in off the motorway was narrow, steep in places and winding but at only 8kms it didn't take long to reach the town, though finding somewhere to park the caravan wasn't easy. Having done that, we walked into the centre which was busy but not crowded and stopped in at a vegetarian cafe for excellent samosas, followed by very good coffee at the next door cafe. A walk around town revealed wide streets
Next stop was at the caravan park on Goodwood Island, about 15kms from Iluka and on the banks of the Clarence River. Mike tried his hand at catching a few fish but those he caught were undersize so were returned to the river to grow up a bit!
View from the caravan door
GOODWOOD ISLAND : Tuesday, 4th May.
After a sunny beginning, the rest of the day was mostly overcast but we had no rain. We drove into Iluka late this morning, doing the tourist thing, stopped at Ol' Mates Place
for a coffee each and a shared falafel kebab, then took the half hour each way ferry ride to Yamba and back, a very relaxing journey.
Next, we visited the Rainforest Centre and were rewarded with this stunning view
It was lunchtime though neither of us was terribly hungry but as it is Mothers' Day, we agreed that we should indulge in coffee and cake so found a place to park and went in search of a cafe. We found only one that was open and it was full but two friendly ladies who'd engaged us in conversation when we parked up had told us that there was a cafe upstairs in the shopping centre so that's where we went, were able to secure a table and so satisfied our cake craving!