Week four – Stitches out and Yuraygir NP

Yuraygir NP, NSW

After leaving New England NP we stayed a night at Coffs Harbour so I could get my stitches out at the medical centre. The doctor said that the cut has healed nicely and it shouldn’t scar too badly.

Cut on my face

Stitches are out!

We then headed north to Grafton where we found a campground that was right on the Clarence River and full of wakeboarders!

Next we headed to Yuraygir NP. I had read about this National Park before we left and was really keen to check it out, and I’m glad we did check it out! We camped at a place called Illaroo Campground which was located right on an awesome beach close to a little town called Minnie Water. We ended up staying here a few nights cause we loved it!

Fishing, one late arvo, I caught this massive shark/sting ray looking thing. It must have been a metre long! Unfortunately as soon as I got it on the wet sand it sucked down onto the sand and I snapped the hook trying to pull it in. I check on the internet and found out it was a shovel nose shark, or a guitar fish. I wouldn’t have known what to do with it if I did keep it so I probably would have just thrown it back in anyway! It would have been good to get a picture though!

Picture of campsite

Campsite at Illaroo Campground

After leaving the National Park we stumble across a small town called Maclean. We decided to pass through and have some lunch there. It turned out that it was a historic Scottish town and all the power poles were painted with all the different Scottish Clan tartans. Of course I went on the search for the Johnston clan tartan, and found it!

Next we went to Yamba where I caught up on some good surfing and more fishing. Yamba is a great town on the coast, with heaps of quality surf and friendly people.

Picture of tartan

Johnston tartan in Maclean

We drove out of Yamba late so we found a free camp on a side of the road rest area called New Italy. It turned out to be pretty good for a side of the road rest area. There was good toilet facilities and a cafe. Next up is Evans Head and then Byron Bay…


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