October 8th, 2017
Our second week started with planning out where we wanted to go; we'd booked a camper van for five weeks through Travellers Autobarn and all we'd planned was to drive the East-coast of Australia, besides that we had no clue! Family who lived in Australia recommended a few starting points. We'd got the 'Wild swimming Sydney' book for Christmas and we were determined to get to some remote, non- touristy places and see the real beauty of the country. Which we did! Starting with the Royal National Park which provided a vast landscape of countryside, beautiful views and blue skies. The forest meets the beach here and there's hardly any traffic on the road throughout the park which made it more attractive. If you're looking for scenic this is the place.
We spent a day dosing around in the water pools, jumping of cliffs, stumbling over rocks and getting all sandy on the beach. Following this we needed to find a place to park up for the night. With Travellers Auto barn they have an app which shows all free, low cost and premium campsites; their facilities (If they have any) and the directions to find them. There's a load of other apps like 'Camper mate' etc which are all very similar. But we found that the free ones were more friendly.
Fortunately we came across a great pitch. Remote, admittedly we thought we were a little into the bush for our first night in the van but it was wonderful. The stars we so bright, you could see the Milky way and the other campers stopping there were so welcoming. We cooked up a feast and sat around a camper fire for hours chatting to other travellers getting to know them better and hearing their stories.
Our Travellers Auto Barn camper van parked up under the skies for it's first night of many to come!
The rest of the week we spent visiting natural swimming sites and viewing stops; we'd booked in to go sand due quad biking and to an Aqua water park in Newcastle as well so that filled two days. Most nights we stopped at free camp site because they all had toilets and bins which seen as we had a cooker it was all we needed. Mind you it did take me a while to get used to the sounds out in the bush at night! Australian animals are a lot louder than the ones you hear back home ha! Note to self Kangaroo's make huffing sounds which can be repeated by your boyfriend trying to scare you!!!
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