August 27, 2011
From South West Rocks we headed towards Port Macquarie along Hat Head and Crescent Head, over rather rough 4WD tracks. There we stopped shortly:
Crossing Hastings River at North Shore via car ferry we made it into Port Macquarie.
As so often in the last days the weather was rainy, thus we only did a few short walks to look at some of the historic buildings in town and the town itself:
A drive along the shore brought us to Town Hall Beach:
Following the Lighthouse Road we reached Point Tacking Lighthouse, Australia’s third oldest lighthouse. Sadly it was in a really bad condition, hopefully undergoing repairs:
On our way to Sydney we had only one more stop: the Ellenborough Falls. To get there we took the roads via Wauchope and the Comboyne forests that might have provided for a nice surrounding – if we had been able to see anything in the fog. After a long and rainy ride we arrived at the falls which are the second highest falls from a single drop in the Southern Hemispere. And we saw this:
Actually, these are the better pictures. The fog and mist were so predominant that we refused to take the walk down to the bottom of the falls. Normally we wouldn’t have hesitated, but under these conditions we were heavily annoyed. Frustrated we left to Sydney, stopping shortly in Taree for .. well? Yes, another Australian Big Thing – this time the Big Oyster, called The Big Mistake by locals:
If we hadn’t known, we wouldn’t have recognized it. Another 350 kilometers later we arrived in Sydney – back there after almost a year! And sadly our last stop before we leave Australia as well.