A jewel on the NSW coastline
19.02.2008 - 22.02.2008 22 °C
Today we have a longer than usual drive as we head for the coast to Salamander Bay which is in the Port Stephens area. Just before we reached Tamworth, we travelled down the steepest section of road we have been on to date. Luckily for us we were going down as it’s 6 Kilometres of very steep road in 3 stages. We were hoping to drive through Tamworth to have a look at the activity there, but the main road through town was closed and detours were in place. As we had the caravan on the car we had to bypass the town, but there were no shortage of cowboy hats!
We arrived in the Port Stephens area which is approximately 60 kilometres north of Newcastle on the NSW central coast. We stayed here with friends we made back in WA who kindly offered us to stay with them, and spent 3 wonderful days in an area called Salamander Bay which is one of those unspoilt areas of the coastline.
Our friends Rex and Marrion showed us all the sights in the area including a day trip to Newcastle. Newcastle is an old city which is reflected in its architecture. We went through the Christ Church Cathedral which is one of the largest in Australia which was a first for us both. It was here that the effects of the 1989 earthquake became apparent due to the reinforcing made to this large and ornate building. Despite being in a geologically stable region of the world, you are reminded that nature can change the face of the earth at any time and in any place.
Despite the rain and overcast weather, we’ve had a wonderful time here and before long, it was time to hit the road and head towards Bass Strait.