It has been an anxious wait to start this trip.
A covid 19 5 day lock down in Melbourne meant state borders closed and my Central Australian adventure not possible.
Life during the 5 day lockdown was not too arduous as I live near the beach
And it was only 5 days till I could catch up with mates again
And undertake preparation for the trip ahead.
In the days of GPS I still love a good map
The 5 day lockdown turned out a godsend.
The outbreak was quickly bought under control and there are no more new cases in Victoria
I recieve my permit to enter South Australia on Friday and today I complete my annual medical tests
Problem of being 63 with some heart disease.
But will soon be off on the adventure which will take in
The Great Ocean Road;
The Adelaide Hills,
The Flinders Ranges,
The Oodnadatta track and surrounds,
The Red Centre of Australia made most famous by Uluru and the amazing county around it
Into Queensland and down to Longreach,
The fossil area finds around Winton,
0ver 8,000 km to get to my friends eldest daughters wedding near Brisbane.
Wouldn’t do it any other way!
The phrase ‘all at sea’
Comes from a time past, where ship navigation was much less certain
No GPS or accurate weather forecasts
I learnt to sail in the pre GPS days
In days of dead reckoning, bearing compases, cocked hats, noon sights, star sights and sextant
And you best friend was a lighthouse
At the entrance to ports, like the Point Lonsdale Light at the entrance to Port Phillip
Or looming large over dangerous headlands
Like at Cape Liptrap
Or at Cape Schank
While at sea
Companions at sea are the sea birds, terns, shearwaters and gannets
And of course the playful dolphins
Then finding that safe harbour
Or the sheltered cove
Its good to be all at sea again.
Yamba sits where the Clarence River meets the Pacific Ocean
The rolling white surf of the ocean
Crashing into the salt water pool at high tide
These pools are such iconic scenes of beaches on the norther NSW coast
Where you can swim in the ocean water that in Spring is a warm 22c
Looking back to land from the waters edge
The white sand and the matching cream coloured Surf Lifesaving Pavilion lead your eyes to the Pacific hotel
The perfect place for a cold beer and a meal on a summers day.
The smooth water of the moorings in the Clarence River are such a contrast to the pounding white surf of the ocean just the other side of the headland
and looking west of the Clarence river
The sunset is breathtaking
On the way to Yamba from Coffs Harbour there is one of my favourite camping spots.
It’s in the Yuraygir National Park the Illaroo campground.
I had first visited this place with a dear friend.
There was a big thunder storm due
So I pitched my tent and shelter in behind the sand dune and its scrub
and walked down to the beach to await natures lightshow
I wish I had the skills crashes of thunder and the forks and sheets of lightning that filled the sky that night.