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North Coast, NSW

Today, marks three weeks that we have been on the road. It still doesn’t feel real yet that we aren’t just going on a holiday, that this is our life now.

Since our last blog post, we survived Inskip Point and ended up staying in a caravan park at Rainbow Beach. We needed to recharge the batteries and clean the sand and salt out of our lives.
From Rainbow Beach, we travelled through Cooloola Recreation Area and went the beach track to Noosa (Which was an awesome shortcut). We stayed a night in Caloundra and caught up with friends.

The next two nights were spent in Brisbane, saying goodbye to family and buying some needed supplies (yay, car awning and some extra recovery gear). Also got the exhaust modified on the ute (was too loud for Miss Shenaid).

After Brisbane, we headed down the coast and crossed the border into New South Wales. Our first stop was supposed to be Byron Bay but after a bit of research we decided it was too out of our budget to stay in town. New South Wales does not have the greatest free camping options so we opted with a pub stay. If you haven’t heard of these then you should look into them whilst travelling through Oz. The pub was at Billinudgel, which is less than 20 minutes from Byron. The camp site out the back was free but you are expected to buy a meal or a few drinks to help support the pub. It ended up being about $50 for the two of us to eat/have a drink. The same price it wouldn’t cost us to stay a night at a caravan park in Byron (less a meal and drinks). Win/win we think! There will be a few more pub stays in our future.

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We left the camper set up at Billinudgel and went for a day trip to Nimbin. We have both been to Nimbin before and knew what to expect. However, we were a little shocked that we happened to be there on the same day as the ‘World Naked Bike Ride’ event was taking place. Interesting! And gross.

From Nimbin, we drove to Byron Bay for the afternoon. We went up to see the lighthouse and the view from the top was divine. We then went to a few pubs to take advantage of happy hour. After a few drinks, we decided we wanted to be able to have a few more drinks and walk home. So, off we went back to Billinudgel, packed up the camper and moved into town. We spent two (very expensive) nights in Byron. Which was nice, but kinda broke the budget.

We were in need of a beach/bush camp away from the tourists after our stay in Byron. We decided on Woody Head, which is close to Iluka, a small village on the Clarence River. This was a super dooper lovely National Park site but wow! Super expensive. We’ve only really come across QLD National Parks which charge about $12 per night on average. This one was $34 per night. With no power. Or showers. It’s no wonder NSW roads are so well looked after……

Anyway, Woody Head was a nice spot and we enjoyed our time until we were hit with torrential rain. Who doesn’t love a wet bed and soaking chairs, but?!
We moved on to Yamba and decided on a caravan park to dry out and recharge. The plan was to only stay for one night but the sun came out today and we didn’t want to miss exploring this lovely spot. So, today we did some drone-flying, surfer-watching and fishing. Tomorrow, we will move on further south to a location unknown

As I (Shenaid) am a crazy organisational lady, I have been keeping track of everything. Including how much money we spend each week, broken up into 4 categories. These include Food & Alcohol, Fuel, Accommodation and Miscellaneous. So far, in the three weeks that we have been away, we have overspent our budget each week. Here’s hoping we can be a little more strict with our money! (aka less eating out).

Here is a bit of an overview and some completely random facts that you may or may not be interested in knowing:

 

This week..

So far..

Most expensive fuel $1.98/L @ Fraser Island
Cheapest fuel $1.29/L @ Tweed Heads
Kilometres travelled 723km 2138km
Boxes of shapes eaten 2 5
Most expensive accommodation Byron Bay @ $55p/n Byron Bay @ $55p/n
Soup nights 1 1

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