Aus Update 34 - Waterfall Way, Byron Bay, Mt Warning

<Chris>  25-Mar-2007 to 01-Apr. Really this week is summed up by saying "cooler than normal" and "waterfalls". 

25-Mar. This first picture shows Paula sitting at our Tia Falls campsite with the thermometer showing 16.4 degC (she's covering the line that says something like -7 degC, that's the temperature inside the fridge).

The campsite itself was lovely, having individual picnic tables, paved areas and firepits with a longdrop toilet - all free! The following morning we went for a walk and checked out the falls themselves (high, but lowish water flow) and the overall scenery of the canyon.

I'm sure I've mentioned before - everything is just bigger (and bites more)  in Australia. I had to get a shot of this fly though. It's sitting on a fence rail. That fence rail is a half round. Unbelievable!!!

26-Mar. The following night we ended up on the opposite side of the valley to Tia Falls where the facilities were again very good. It was actually even colder (14 degC), but we were entertained by some very cheeky little possums that came right up to where we were sitting after dark.

27-Mar. Continuing the waterfall theme we visited some more falls. This is the Ebor falls. These ones were pretty spectacular because they had a decent volume of water coming over them.

The last falls of the day were these, the Dangar Falls.

We stayed the night at Coffs Harbour. It was a pretty busy area. There were lots of other tourists staying at the caravan park we were at showing the popularity of the coast in the area. The shot of the coast below is pretty hard to pick from many of the others we've taken along here, but it's at Coff Harbour. We had to take a shot of the classic big banana on the highway (just because it's there) but we didn't actually get out and look around or anything - no idea who the random 3 tourists we got in the photo are.

28-Mar. We had lunch on the coast at Minnie Waters. There was a flock of emus grazing in the area - not at all disturbed by our prescence. Apparently they are somewhat different to the ones in the outback. These are a coastal variety that don't travel very far. We stayed the night at a campground near by called Illaroo - part of the Yuraygir NationalPark.

29-Mar. The following day we visited some coastal rainforest at Iluka. Apparently this is quite rare and it has World Heritage status. They've had trouble retaining this status as it got fairly overrun with weeds and needed a major effort to clean it up. The interwoven trees in the picture(s) below caught my eye, but they were so tall I had to take a couple of shots - very hard to join up. The picture on the right looks back down over some of the forest area at more of the amazing coast.

30-Mar. The last stop for the week was Byron Bay. The significant part of it is that it's the most easterly point of mainland Australia, but we were really amazed at the incredible popularity of the place. Think Queenstown and you get a bit of an idea how busy and tourist oriented it is. Just about every store is accomodation/food/surf shop. The shot on the left below is taken from the lighthouse carpark at the top of Cape Byron, and the one on the right is looking south towards the cape where you can just barely make out the lighthouse on the top.

31-Mar, 1-Apr. We spent the weekend at a caravan park below Mt Warning. It was a lovely location to just "chill out" and we really enjoyed sitting in the surroundings. They had a resident "snake man" who gave a demo showing how to treat snake bites properly (compression wrapping). We were able to look at quite a number of pet snakes he had. All the venomous ones were in glass enclosures, but he had a friendly python that is more than happy to meet people and I was thrilled to get up close and personal.

Next week we're spending with Paula's sister Eleena on the Gold Coast...