From one month to the next

Fri 30/10/15/ Well Thursday saw us say goodbye to Yamba and hello to Nambucca Heads.

Our Camp
Most of the run down the Pacific H’way was reminiscent of a trip on a neglected corrugated and pot holed goat track with the occasional bit of bliss on new road. When the new road eventually gets finished the old track will be almost impassable through lack of maintenance.
Settled in to our new site for the next few days and enjoyed a glass or two with a BBQ’d pate and bacon filled steak and retired for the night with the sand flies and midgies winning the day.
A vistorFriday morning’s walk along the beach was rewarded with several sitings of breaching humpbacks offshore and a pod of dolphin close in. Walking back through the bush we caught glimpses of two pairs of blue wrens and a resident wallaby. After an overcast and misty day yesterday it is great to see and feel the sun again.
Drove over to Macksville for an explore and filled up with gas.
Friday evening a flock of black cockatoos flew over the camp.
V wall 2 I am dryingNambucca Bar 1 Shelly Bch

SAT 31/10
A lovely morning and after brekkie we went down to the v wall on the river mouth and fished for an hour or so with no luck. Bream were being caught when we arrived but went off the bite on full tide.
Home for lunch and then back down for a fish on low tide. Only small fish being caught and too many snags. Losing gear with every cast, so headed back to camp for a drink and dinner of tacos on the Weber. The wind dropped and we had a mild night.
Heading for The Pub With No Beer tomorrow.


Pub with no beer 3


SUN 1/11/15
A new month started already and we drove out to Taylor’s Arm and The Pub With No Beer. Contrary to the sign there was beer on tap and after one for the road we picnic lunched in a local park and headed back to camp via Macksville picking of some Nambucca River oysters on the way.
Oysters naturelle followed by BBQ’d pork chops and a wine or two had us ready for bed and an early start next morning.

Monday 2/11 and we were packed up and on the road before 10 am headed for Croki ( pronounced “Crow Kye” Riverside Caravan Park. Here we are right alongside the Manning River in a beautiful little park with friendly people. After a quick trip into Taree we are stocked up and here until Friday morning.

This evening on dusk a large pod of dolphin came up the river herding fish ahead of them which was quite a sight. A chorus of frogs and flashes of lightening in the distance set the scene for saying goodnight folks.

R&R Up until today.

Yamba has been a blessing, giving me the chance to recover and build strength again. The caravan park here is great and is right on the Clarence River yet right in town.
Pacific Hway over The Clarence Cinema151020






We have enjoyed walks to and along the beach, a river cruise to Iluka and upstream, opportunities to do nothing and short trips to local shops.


Dawn excels as the fisher-lady with a not quite legal size whiting on our first fishing expedition. Food and wine taste good again and the heart is strengthened. Caramelised chicken coming up for dinner with a bottle of Catching Thieves Shiraz….someone has to do it.
Flowering Gum2 Clarence River Kerr2








A visit to Maclean discovered a maternal family Tartan in this little touch of The Highlands. With each of the 100’s of lamp posts in the village and surrounds painted in individual tartans it was amazing to park alongside it.


Jac9 Jac 3






A trip to Grafton on Saturday was rewarded with some great photos of Jacaranda which are an absolute picture at this time of year. Grafton surprised us with 90% of the town shutting up shop at lunchtime on Saturday. Siesta still reigns in Grafton!




The Yamba Sunday markets were a refreshing take on country markets with an open and friendly feel and great local produce. Many could learn from a visit here.

My energy continues to increase and we have enjoyed 9 holes of golf with the local kangaroos and a wind strong enough to blow a dog off its chain.
Life is good in The Burrow and we have extended our stay at Yamba until this Thursday and The Journeys continue.

Catching Up to Get Started

Bison2After six kms of gravel off The Summerland Highway we turned into Aranyani Bison Adventure Park at 5.30 pm on Saturday 10 October and were greeted by Jason who guided us to our campsite.
More to come on all things Aranyani, as they are becoming supporters of The Burrow.




Tipis1After a chicken and mushroom risotto two weary travelers retired for the night to the shrieks of a couple of peacock and a chorus of kookaburras. A faint sound of tom toms drifted across from the tippis where a group of visitors were spending the night.



Sunday was spent having a wander around the property and meeting the bison. The herd here is the second largest in Australia and the property is self-sustainable.






Tipi & DD

My earlier reference to things sometimes becoming unravelled will be summarised here as my condition rapidly deteriorated and saw me admitted to Casino Hospital and then by ambulance to Lismore where I was diagnosed with Salmonella food poisoning. I was discharged on Saturday 17th a shadow of my former self and as weak as a kitten.

Dawn has managed well back at the farm with 70 km drives to visit me. Special thanks to Damen, Shannon and family at Aranyani for your care and support, and for extending us the extra time on your lovely property at no cost.
Sunday morning saw Dawn with 99% of the packing up to do and we headed across to Yamba for a week or so of much needed R&R. It was an interesting experience crossing the Clarence River by ferry at Lawrence.
Calypso Holiday Park welcomed us after having deferred our stay and we will extend here until I am fully fit again and The Journeys of The Burrow continue.

The very beginning

The Burrow signThe Journeys of The Burrow really began in September 2014. It was then that we decided to sell up to survive. Putting our home on the market set us on course, or so we hoped, to be able to take to the highways and byways of Australia and join the grey nomad throng.
For almost a year no-one was interested in buying and then in mid 2015 we met Minka Jenkins. We reappraised our position and went to auction, selling shortly afterwards. Thanks Minka.
A month or so later and our search for The Burrow and a suitable chariot bore fruit.

Emu Creek CampSetting up was followed by a 4 day trip to test out all systems and resulted in our raising the van approximately 200mm by switching the springs to above the axles
Our home for next year or more is a tandem axle 22 ft Jayco Wesport with ensuite, awning and annex. Solar power and an extra water tank enable us to camp off the grid in 3 to 4 days stretches.
We are very comfortable and very happy.

Sometimes Journeys unfold and on other occasions they simply unravel!!
Saturday 10th October 2015 saw us leave the Sunshine Coast headed for Myrtle Creek in northern NSW and Aranyani Bison Adventure Tourist Park.
The going was slow on the Pacific Motorway south and we pulled over at Logan to find that the van brakes were hot.
Thanks to Terry from Mobile Caravan Repairs at Ormeaux all brakes were adjusted correctly and we were on our way again.

Getting close to our destination, Bruce, out trusty Tom Tom navigator, decided to take us on a short cut.

Many kms of winding narrow and hilly road with nowhere to turn around.

Thankfully an open paddock presented itself and we backtracked and eventually reached Myrtle Creek.The Burrow