It’s a long way to the top, Day 9 – Soaking up the solitude

Day 9 Saturday June 14th 2014 Coopernook It starts to rain gently in the wee hours of the morning yet it is warm enough to have breakfast outside. We meet our neighbour Fred from Port Macquarie. Fred and his wife have sold their house and have several months to wait for the new one to be built. They intend to go north in their camper trailer but have a few loose ends to tie up before they hit the road. Here they are 70kms south of home waiting. One of the loose ends is Fred’s dying mother in law. It … Continue reading It’s a long way to the top, Day 9 – Soaking up the solitude

It’s a long way to the top, Day 8 – Coopernook Forest

Day 8 Friday June 13th 2014 Stockton to Coopernook With Sydney behind us we can take our time now. It is a cool overcast morning. The vegetation is changing melaleuca and grass trees amongst the eucalypts. We pull into the little hamlet of Karuah for fuel. Woody decides to wash the windscreen and hasn’t considered the Jeep’s rain sensing wipers. It makes for great entertainment. A quick stop at Taree for supplies, ah the mighty Manning River. I love these big rivers. Roadside sign: Pimpley Squash. Only a few kilometres on we turn off to the Coopernook Pub, it offers … Continue reading It’s a long way to the top, Day 8 – Coopernook Forest

Loose Ends

It’s 2014 and we are camped in the Coopernook State Forest in NSW. We chat with our neighbour who is from nearby Port Macquarie. Our neighbour and his wife have sold their house and have several months to wait for the new one to be built. They intend to go north in their camper trailer but have a few loose ends to tie up before they hit the road. Thus here they are 70 kilometres south of home waiting. One of the loose ends is our neighbour’s dying mother in law. Continue reading Loose Ends

Coopernook, NSW

We turn off Highway One to visit the Coopernook Pub, it offers free camping in the back yard for the price of a beer. The pub overlooks the Lansdowne River and the remains of a large iron bridge. We have a beer but decide to move on to check out the Coopernook Forest Campground. Brian who has a fear of dirt roads is just about hyperventilating as we drive the 3kms to the park. Suddenly the trees part and there before us is a wide, open mowed grassy area with shade trees and enough space for about thirty camps. There … Continue reading Coopernook, NSW