After 3 days we were ready to head north on the last run up north to home. A footnote to our stay at Karuah: On our last evening at the RSL, and we had become regulars in this short time, we were sad to hear that it was the last night for all the lovely staff that had made our stay here so memorable, as the contract for the restaurant was to be changed to chinese meals and all the staff had been “retired”
After studying the maps we decided to explore all the scenic drives and side roads that took us off the Pacific Highway. The first one we came to was a 45km scenic drive that followed the Myall River through the Mungo Bush National Park. The river was on one side and glimpses of the ocean on the other.We parked Matilda and between the road and the ocean we walked over huge Sahara like sand dunes to get down to the sea. The road wound through flooded gums and paperbark trees creating beautiful filtered light to drive through. At midday we stopped at Dee’s Camp for lunch. It was right on the banks of the Myall Lake and only one other person was there. It was just too good a spot to move on so we set up camp to stay over night. We had only travelled 56km that morning but this is the joy of having your bed with you, you can stop when ever you find such a beautiful camp.
Large goannas wandered around checking out the fire pits to see if any scraps had been left. We kept our distance when we saw their long, sharp claws, but when they saw us they ran up the trunk of a tree and then froze. The patterns on their skin would camouflage them but it was a great photo opportunity for us. After lunch we did a 2 hour walk along the banks of the lake and through a stand of rainforest. The gums were interspersed with palms and gave it a very tropical look.
That night as we lay in our bed we could hear scuffling and scratching of small creatures and far in the distance we heard dingoes howling. This was a lovely place to stay.
Next morning the ranger came round to collect the camping fee, $7 each for an over night stay. Excellent value.