WEDNESDAY 3 MARCH CRESCENT HEAD TO HAWKS NEST 256kms
We got up at 8am and were away at 10. We had to pack up the awning roof and everything else, so it wasn’t too bad a time.
It was a pleasant day for travel – not too hot and the rain had stopped.
We had a straightforward run south, down the Pacific Highway, without any stops. Turned off the highway to take the road to Tea Gardens township, then crossed the rather impressive Singing Bridge, across the Myall River, to the Hawks Nest village.
The Hawks Nest Caravan Park advertises itself as “beachfront”, but there is a substantial belt of parkland between it and the beach! It is quite expensive, at $16 a night. No pool. No Visa or Eftpos either. A bit poor, we thought. We booked in for three nights.
I had chosen Hawks Nest as a place for a few days’ stay, because of the interesting name, and the fact that it has both river and ocean frontage – this seemed to promise a picturesque place.
After setting up, and some lunch, we went for a long beach walk. It is a lovely beach, with islands offshore to add interest, and the big Yaccabah Headland.
We walked south along the beach, and then across some dunes, to look at the entrance to Port Stephens, which is a huge waterway/bay, extending inland. The town of Nelson Bay was across the other side of the entrance. The views here are certainly excellent.
We gathered some shells as we walked. By the time we got back to the van, we both had sore legs, from walking in the soft sand of the spit that connects the Headland to the main coast.
When we were booking in, the lady on Reception told John there was a bowls club behind the caravan park. So, of course, John went looking for it. The lady obviously did not know the difference between bowls and golf, because there is a golf course!
Tea: soup, pasta and tomato sauce, fruit.