We travelled from Bretti Reserve to Wingham where we set up in the showground for a week. There was a choice of Taree or Wingham showgrounds, but Taree has a population of about 22000 which is 20000 too many for us. The more we travel around Australia and the many more little towns we visit the more we realise what these small places mean to our nation and the more we appreciate what they mean to the country people who work in and inhabit the areas outside the big cities. We also realise how much more peaceful these little places are.
Wingham is a beautiful little town situated next to The Manning River. Now where we were camped at Bretti is also next to The Manning River, however at Bretti the river is more a large stream. By the time it cuts its way through the landscape to Wingham nearer the coast it has become something more impressive. The showground at Wingham cost us $20 per night. We paid $120 for a week stay that included power, and ablution block, and was in close proximity to the town center.
We had a purpose behind our stay at Wingham. First was to find an auto electrician in the area to take care of a small problem of the brakes not working on our Ute while it was being towed. Second was to scout out for our next camp site, and also to do some touring of the area.
A very interesting drive took us through Tapin Tops NP. This tour included Ellenborough Falls which are located on the Bulga Plateau. At 200 metres these falls are one of the largest single drop waterfalls in the southern hemisphere. Now the brochure describes the walk to the bottom of the falls as being comfortable. The walk down was. The walk back up the 200 metre drop was a little less comfortable, but we did it. From a photographers point of view this was a difficult subject as it wasn’t possible to get distance between myself and the base of the falls and there was an amazing amount of spray from the falls. I was drenched by the time I had taken several pictures and came away hoping I had something to show how lovely this spot is. By the time we got back to the top we were ready for a sit down (read lie down) and a cup of tea. Fortunately there is a lovely little café at the top of the falls. Tapin Tops and the falls are well worth the effort to check out sometime.
We also visited a small nature reserve in Wingham called Wingham Brush Nature Reserve. This is a fantastic wheel chair accessible reserve that showcases what can be done with community effort and support from local Govt and the NPWS. After being selectively logged, especially for red cedar in the 1800s the area was declared a reserve in 1909. An interesting fact is that by 1980 the Brush was infested with weeds that smothered the rainforest canopy and threatened the survival of the rainforest. Local citizens along with the Wingham Brush Society, Greater Taree City Council and the NPWS commenced a programme to return the Brush to its natural state. The Wingham Brush Method as it became known is now an internationally recognised model for the restoration of other rainforest areas.
Wingham Brush in the scale of things is a small area. It is sad to know that this tiny area along with Coocumbac Island represents 90% of the remaining subtropical rainforest in The Manning Valley.
From Wingham we visited Crowdy Bay NP and Coopernook Forest Reserve scouting for our next campsite. Knowing that Easter and the school holidays were imminent, we decided on the Coopernook Forest Reserve campsite. We are so glad we did. During the holiday period we had a look at the campsites in the NP and found that people were squeezed in so tight they were practically sleeping cheek to jowl. Tents were actually touching each other they were so close. In comparison where we were we had a large open space with plenty of room between camps. Another plus was Coopernook is free camping against $20 per night to camp in the NP.
From our lovely camp at Coopernook Forest Reserve we visited Coorabakh NP, Crowdy Bay NP, and small coastal towns like Camden Haven, Lake Cathie, Harrington, Old Bar Wallabi Point, and Khappingat NR. Like every other place we have been in NSW, amazing, beautiful, peaceful, and serene, all describe the areas we visited.
We found lovely swimming holes, crystal clear pools, massive trees, waterfalls, perfect beaches, and I guess the word quaint comes to mind for some of the villages and towns. Annie fell in love with the old post office in Cundletown built in 1892.
We will have a new adventure to go on soon enough, first though we need to have some work done on our mobile penthouse. We will drop our motorhome off at Avida in Emu Plains and whilst it is there we will fly off to visit our kids and grandchildren of a couple of weeks.
So in closing, I am sometimes asked by complete strangers what I am looking at when I go off wandering along a beach with my camera.
The thing I love most about my hobby of making pictures is that it encourages me to see things through different eyes.
Until next time, stay well, and travel safe.
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