Tarcutta to Newcastle

Day 2, Sunday March 17th 2013 Tarcutta to Newcastle

We’re on the road by 8:30am and it’s a beautiful morning, the rolling hills and paddocks are green, and the rivers are draped with willows. At Yass, we stop to perform gaffer tape miracles on our right-hand mirror as it keeps blowing inwards with the weight of the towing mirror and the many wind gusts from large trucks.

At Campbelltown, we leave the Hume for the new M7 Sydney bypass and in a mere 30 minutes, we arrive in Pennant Hills in Sydney’s north! Wow, that is the fastest we’ve ever crossed Sydney other than by plane. In fact, if we hadn’t gone into Goulburn for lunch we would have travelled from home to Pennant Hills without a traffic light. It takes us another 20 minutes of heart-stopping Sydney traffic before we join the Newcastle Expressway.

Goulburn, NSW

Newcastle looks fabulous and we quickly find the free camp at Nobbys Beach. The van is actually rocking in the stiff breeze, but we are in the company of a number of other RV’s and the view of the harbour and city lights is stunning. The harbour activity and the work of the tugs make for a great night’s entertainment as we can sit on our couch and watch the ships pass by.

The Hawkesbury River Bridge is always a delight
A ringside seat for ship watching on the Hunter River

Towing Kms: 574Kms

Did someone say ‘Ship’?
Nobby’s Beach, Newcastle
And a ringside seat for the city lights of Newcastle

2020 Note: Sadly, the City of Newcastle has closed the car park at Nobby’s Beach to overnighters. We’ve developed a bit of a soft spot for Newcastle which is a fascinating city so nowadays we stay at the NRMA Stockton Beach Holiday Park and cross the Hunter River by ferry to explore the city on foot.

Map Source: WikiCamps

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