Good, long day driving today. We don’t usually drive more than about 150K a day, so its been rather a shock to us these last two days. We’re sticking to the Pacific Highway due to expedience. Major roadworks happening in some areas, but no big hold-ups for us. Some parts of the highway are fantastic, other parts reminded us of the D’Aguilar (ie left a lot to be desired!).
We were trying to get to a campsite on the shores of the Myall Lakes, but we needed to catch the ferry and according to our TomTom directions we were going to miss it by a few minutes. Never mind – a free camp at Bulahdelah was recommended on Wikicamps which didn’t take us far off the highway and there was no rush to get there. As it turned out it was a lovely spot, right beside the Myall River. There were already a few motorhomes and caravans set up, but plenty of room for all. We selected our spot near the bridge (recommend a bit further away next time – from the noise of the occasional vehicle and the lights on the bridge), set up and went for a walk into the little village.
The highway bypassed Bulahdelah about 6 months ago, and from all the signs in the shops (eg We’ll keep trading after the bypass. Please come back and support us.) it appears it was a major concern for the community. Anyway, it is a lovely little town, and we wouldn’t have stopped here if the highway traffic had been going over that bridge just above our heads all night … so they lost some customers, but gained others.