Monday, October 27, 2014

ROADTRIP 6: Yamba

Munson heads for the surf
The rest of our country roadtrip is entirely coastal, with much shorter driving stretches so that we can try out random beaches as we go.

We started out with a quick trip into Byron for coffee, and then made a brief stop at Lennox Head for a swim. The surf was a bit too rough for enjoyment so we didn’t linger there and decided to try to get to Yamba for lunch and a lazy afternoon.

Ducati, one of Munson’s old playmates from Sydney Park lived with his owner Mary in Yamba now, with Mary running Caperberry Cafe there. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to reach Mary before our arrival and we had to make do with catching up over the phone in the evening.

I established that there were at least two dog friendly beaches on hand; the first one we tried was Wooli Main Beach where these first photos of Munson are taken. One small grumble from our coastal journey was the difficulty in locating the beaches where dogs were allowed. Council websites would list a number of beach sections relating to places that couldn’t be identified on a map. In a few cases when I asked locals where such and such a beach or creek was, they could only shrug. Dear Councils, please put marked maps on your website!
11-Fullscreen capture 31122014 114420 AM  Munson at Wooli main beach (1)Munson at Wooli main beach (2)
From there we moved onto the more sheltered Whiting Beach in the mouth of the Clarence River.
Gustav & Munson on Whiting Beach
Gustav & Munson on Whiting BeachMunson whittling away the afternoon on Whiting Beach
YambaI’d had trouble locating dog-friendly accommodation near Yamba, and ended up booking a farm-stay back up the highway. Our quarters were a lot more luxurious than our previous experience of “farm stay”.


Farm-stay
MacleanGustav at Maclean
We hoped to find something seafood-y for dinner but the dining options were limited around Yamba itself, with the much lauded Harwood Hotel restaurant being closed early in the week. We decided to try out some of the pubs in Maclean (one of the Scottish towns). While not auspicious from the outside, the Clarence (Bottom) Pub turned out to be a real find. Our meals were so good I found the window to the kitchen and sent my thanks directly to the chef.
Sunset on the Clarence River at Maclean

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