After the extensive feedback, I have now finalised the accommodation with the optimism shared only by rugby players believing that their buttocks will never have to endure public exposure. The only major change is a different Byron Bay CP as the one given previously was booked out on that date.
The total accommodation cost for the trip will be of the order
$100 $120 each, so, like last year, we should be able to afford decent coffee.
Although the numbers are still rubbery due to chronic middle-age non-committment, in order to make bookings I have assumed the following:
Day 1 (11/1/11) Wallace Creek
701 Boonah-Rathdowney Rd, Wallace Creek, 4310.
(07)5463 2643, 0405 495 797
The “red cottage” booked; should sleep us all; $280; ($140 dep paid).
Destiny Boonah is a German run eco-cottage Donkey farm.
“Verbringen Sie einen unvergesslichen Urlaub auf unserer Eselsfarm, erleben Sie Australien hautnah. Destiny muss man einfach erlebt haben!”
“This unique, romantic and spacious Cottage is nestled amidst peaceful and quiet bushland. The fully self contained 3 bedroom house is powered by solar and wind generated sources. Stunning views from all verandas… sit down – listen to the birds – unwind – feel the harmony around you. Watch the sun disappear into the mountains with a good glass of local wine…”
Day 2 (12/1/11) Andrew Drynan Park
Lions Rd, QLD
(07) 5544 1281
tents only; $5 pp; no booking required.
“Andrew Drynan Park is 47km from Beaudesert and 19km from Rathdowney on the Lions Road, south of Beaudesert, and Running Creek. It has an impressive backdrop formed by Mt Chinghee. The drive from Brisbane will take a couple of hours. The park is divided by The Lions Road and care should be taken with children. Running Creek is a lovely flowing creek which is very inviting in summer and the park offers a great bush camp among the tall trees. As some of the pools are deep, children should be supervised.
Toilets, BBQs, picnic tables and swimming. BYO drinking water. Pets to be restrained. No showers—a dip in the creek will keep you clean. Please don’t use soap or detergent. The resident assistant manager is Peter Lundt. The park is pet friendly. Bookings are not essential. Just turn up and the Ranger will make contact with you.”
Day 3 (13/1/11) Rainforest Gateway Caravan Park
Grady’s Creek Mt. Lion http://www.visitkyogle.com.au/index.php/accommodation_details/rainforest_gateway_caravan_park/ (02) 6636 6114
Cottage booked (sleeps 4-5) $70; no booking required for tents, no deposit required.
“The Rainforest Gateway Caravan Park is located at the junction of Grady’s and Cedargetters Creek on the Lions Road in the Border rangers of Northern NSW with an abundance of unique bird species, large old growth trees and a strict policy for peace and quiet.
The Park features grassy powered sites, views, access to Grady’s Creek with hot showers, basins, flush toilets and laundry. Comfortable holiday units also available and a cottage. There are camp sites, (powered &unpowered) and an on site caravan. You will need to bring your own sheets & towels (though other bedding is supplied) and because of it’s remoteness, bring ALL you own food supplies.”
Day 4 (14/1/11) Lismore Palms Caravan Park
42-58 Brunswick Street
Lismore, NSW, 2480
(02) 6621 7067
Booked: Cabin (sleeps 4) + 2 tent sites $116 total; $100 deposit paid.
“We’re a picturesque holiday park set in 7.5 acres of peaceful countryside parklands with the banks of the Wilsons River at our doorstep. Here you can catch an Australian Bass from the river and take it up to your cabin, van or campsite to have in time for dinner.”
Day 5 (15/1/11) Belongil Fields Caravan Park <– note change of venue
394 Ewingsdale Rd
Byron Bay NSW 2481
(02) 6680 8999
Booked: Bunk cabin (sleeps 6) $160; no booking required for tents, $80 deposit paid.
Day 6 Wooyung Beach Holiday Park
515 Wooyung Road
Wooyung NSW 2483
(02) 6677 1300
Booked: Tents sites $10 pp; $50 deposit paid.
“Wooyung Beach Holiday Park is one of the very few remaining bush camping grounds on the Australian East Coast. We are pet friendly and you can enjoy a campfire on your site and absorb the fresh air while enjoying the sweet smell and sounds of the bush and the Pacific Ocean.
Wooyung Beach is one of Australia’s Top Ten Beaches, according to Nick Bowditch’s travel site. We have more than 10km of unspoiled beaches in front of our doorstep and we consider it crowded if you see more than 5 people to the horizon. With the next township being 7km away, the star gazing is spectacular. Other popular activities include bird and whale watching as well as beach or creek fishing.”
“Beaches… beaches… beaches… Ah It’s a terrible life but someone has to do it. Even at holiday time the beach would be considered crowded if you could see more than 20 people in both directions. And that’s over 10 km. It’s not unusual to see majestic sea eagles and kites, amongst other bird species. At certain times of the year dolphins can be seen surfing the waves at Wooyung. Whale watching off the beach is very popular during migration seasons.“