You can tell it's going to be a good hike when the scenery on the way to the trailhead is spectacular.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Huaraz, Peru.

Where are they going next? Not sure yet! We return to Canada November 3rd.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Only two more sleeps in the camper!

Well, things are really winding down now... we've only got two more nights sleeping in the camper!

Overall, it's been a good trip. But we will get into a little more detail in a future post, including our overall expenses and how we might do things differently next time.

In the meantime, we still have some exploring to do!

Sunday, we drove up to Fitzroy Falls. It was much better than I was expecting.

(The following photos are all taken with either our cell phone or our little pocket camera. The good camera needs repairs!)

Looking down at Fitzroy Falls.

View of the Yarrunga Creek Gorge.

They have two separate hiking trails here. Each one follows one side of the gorge, with several viewpoints looking both back at the falls, or further into the canyon.

The east side is a 3.6 km (2.3 mile) return trip.

We had parked about 1 km (0.6 miles) away from the main parking lot so that we wouldn't have to pay for parking. Good thing we did, because the main parking lot was almost full. It's a popular spot. We figured the trails would be busy as well, but we quickly learned that probably 80% of the people only go as far as the first lookout. Then maybe 10% go as far as the second lookout, and maybe 10% do the whole 3.6 kms. 

Looking back at the falls.
The wind was really blowing the water around.


At the top of the falls.

Some rock overhang to go under. 
Watch your head!

Ruth at one of the lookouts.

Ruth on the trail.

We decided to do the other side of the gorge as well. Not many people do the other side, and the whole time we maybe saw 10 other people. It was maybe 4 kms (2.5 miles) one way, plus it allowed us to walk back to the camper on a short section of the highway so we didn't have to backtrack.

Part of this trail went through a rainforest section.

Looking back at the falls.


More nice views of the canyon.

Back at the camper for a late lunch, and we had done about 10 kms (6.2 miles).

Next was to look for somewhere to stay for the night. We could have stayed up in the highlands, but it's still too chilly up there. So we drove back down to the coast. I had found a free overnight spot in the town of Jamberoo, but reviews said that while it was a nice spot, it tended to get too crowded. I figured we would check out a few spots along the way, and if nothing stood out, we would go to Jamberoo.

One back road we took lead to the Robertson Cemetery.
These folks have a nice view!

Another nice view, looking back at the coast.

Nothing stood out as a great overnight stop, so we ended up in the town of Jamberoo. Really nice little place, and it turned out that the free RV parking area was just fine. Probably only because it was a Sunday night. There are three other rigs here, so it's fairly quiet.

The town General Store is now an IGA.

The town pub.

We are now only 97 kms (60 miles) from our AirBnb in Sydney. We will go back to some more of the coastal areas tomorrow, and somehow find somewhere to park overnight tomorrow night. It's getting tougher to find a good free overnight spot the closer we get to Sydney.

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10 comments:

  1. We thought Fitzroy Falls were just wonderful when we visited in our hired campervan. It was a highlight of our trip.

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    1. Yep, we really enjoyed the area there as well. It would have been nicer had there been more water going over the falls but I guess we were still a bit early in the season for that! We definitely could have spent more time up there if the nights weren't so darn cold though. :-)

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    1. Beautiful area for sure! We were definitely in our element up there. :-)

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  3. Beautiful pictures even with the older camera and cell phones.
    It seems like you just got there and now you're just about on your way.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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    1. Thank you! Unfortunately where there will be issues with these cameras opposed to our good one will be with closeups. Unfortunately there won't be any nice bird or wildlife closeups until we are able to get the good camera fixed. :-(

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    1. Definitely very pretty. It would be amazing to see when there is more water going over though but I think that isn't until September or October.

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  5. Still fabulous photos and if I didn't know better I'd have said you were in the Blue Mountains. Absolutely beautiful. On the list for a future visit.

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  6. Thanks Glen! I wish we could have gone to the Blue Mountains, it was definitely high on our list but we just ran out of time, plus at this time of year it is a little too chilly up there, at least at night. Yep, hopefully on our next trip, we will start up where we left off on this trip.

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