Friday, 22 February 2013

Smoky Cape Lighthouse - Hat Head National Park

I initially wanted to write this blog like a "track notes" with detailed directions for a day walk around the forest and coast near Smoky Cape Lighthouse, but the notes I had were years old. So, back we went, two weekends ago; spending a day roaming around the tracks and coastline north of the lighthouse. Just as well. My old track notes were nearly useless. It's amazing how nature keeps on being nature: growing, changing, moving, evolving.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

New England National Park - video

New England National Park is perhaps our favourite nearby national park. It has already featured on our blog page but here it is in moving pictures - a short video that Caz shot and edited after one of our visits to the park last year. This is shot mainly on Eagles Nest Track and Tea Tree Falls Walk. 

There are so many options for walking in this park, from great day walks to a longer three day walk down the escarpment to Thora in the valley below. There are also many wilderness walking options so check out the relevant topographical maps if you can - they are Darkwood, Ebor and Hyatts Creek 1:25,000. 

And, of course, stay tuned to this blog. We have more New England National Park trips to write up in the future.

Winter morning - Point Lookout

Wrights Lookout

Friday, 8 February 2013

Rosewood River in Dorrigo National Park cures cabin fever

A rainy weekend to end January 2013 seemed like a good time to share a trip from a couple of years ago that involved going out in the rain and the wind in the name of wilderness and avoiding cabin fever. As I write this (last weekend), a cyclone from up north is rattling the windows and whistling around the verandah ends and it’s bucketing down outside. It is reminiscent of 2010 when we had an exceptionally wet spring and summer and autumn on the North Coast of NSW. Most overused phrase of the season was ‘east coast low’ and after weeks of intermittent showers and one extended stretch of 10 days of solid rain there was nothing for it but to drag out the Gortex jackets and waterproof overpants and go for it. Forecasts at the time showed no sign of the rain letting up and Caz had come down with a murderous case of cabin fever. And when it's raining, what better place to go than the rainforest.