Beaches & Lighthouse
12 April 2019 | Forster
Watched some tv. Watched a Poirot movie of who done-it! Finally got to bed around 10 last night. Neither of us could fall asleep. Mark said he was thinking about things on the boat that he didn't mention to Jeff. I was cold, so Mark added some heat to our room. That helped for sure. We both agreed that they had a comfortable bed. Most of the hotels we have stayed at lately have very hard beds. Up around 7. Mark did some banking which took a call to Bank of America. Departed by 10 am. The ground was wet as we packed our bags in the car. It had rained overnight for sure. Drove north and we followed a skinny road for about 20 miles to a car ferry dock. Stopped at so many places today. Have to rely on our pictures as to where we stopped. The first one was at Bennetts Beach. Lots of huge sand dunes. Had a great view out but it was too far to walk. Took some selfies. There was only one road thru the Myall National Park. The ferry ride cost $6.50 and we were the only vehicle. The distance across the water was only a couple hundred feet, so it did not take long at all. There was a cafe near the ferry so Mark got a flat white coffee. We continued along the park area and the road lost its pavement for several miles. It was rough in places and eventually the pavement returned. We stopped at Seals Rock and walked the beach, just before. A few people in the water. Then we parked and walked up to the Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse. It was almost a kilometer and most of it was uphill. I'm surprised I was able to walk up the final leg. There were great views of the ocean and beach below. Saw some signs to beware of dingo dogs. Several other tourists visiting the lighthouse. One lady was walking the path with bare feet and stepped on something sharp which looked painful. Then we had lunch at Gate and Bee cafe, which we wouldn't recommend. We each had bacon and egg sandwich, but they are not very good at cooking well done fried eggs for some reason. Their bowl of chips, french fries, was way too big for us to finish. We got eaten by mosquitoes while we ate, which also moved us to leaving fast. Our next stop was Elizabeth Beach. Walked down to the beach. No houses close by. Saw a few people in the water. The beach and water was beautiful. We didn't get to walk down on Shelly Beach which was the exact place we anchored on our sail south to Sydney back in December. The wind and current were against us and we just stopped and anchored there. It would have been a long walk on the foot path to get there, so we didn't bother. We drove across the point to Boomerang Beach and walked down to the water. There were a few people on this beach, mostly surfers. I noticed some orange faced rocks at the far end, so I walked down and did a short meditation. What a beautiful place. Mark didn't walk quite as far and returned to the car. Each of these beach walks requires walking up and down sand dunes to get there. Lots of good exercise. Some of the beaches reminded us of Pensacola Beach as the sand squeaks when you walk thru it. We continued south. Our destination was the Island Palms Motor Inn in Forster. Took a short nap as we were worn out. It was quite a nice warm day. Temperatures reached 23C. Very comfortable weather. We drove locally to One Mile Beach. The sand was squeaky too. There was a huge life saving club, Cape Hawke SLSC on the shore, but it was closed. We drove through some amazingly huge glass front houses, especially close to the ocean. The water was beautiful from the look outs. We stopped and took some pictures. Then we stumbled on the RSL (Returned and Services League of Australia) Club. Mark had an sg&t while we played some in their huge pokey lounge. Mark got his money back, but I didn't have any luck today. We were invited to stay for their Friday night draws, but it was early and the draws didn't start until 7. Mark had to get a closer look at the tank that was parked at the entrance in their memorial area. We passed by several grocery stores on our way back to the hotel, but we didn't make any stops. Most of the houses in Forster were brick with nicely kept yards. It seemed like we traveled a lot of miles since leaving Sydney, but Mark checked and it would only take us 3 ½ hours to drive back on the motor ways. So, we may spend another day in this area before driving back. Thanks for all the emails and messages. We definitely love this area. So many stunning beaches along the ocean. Will have a light dinner after posting this. Please check my Facebook page for more pictures.