Norah Head Lighthouse

Norah Head Lighthouse (Credit Yun Huang Yong Flickr)

Day One: Start this trip along the coast from Gosford to Newcastle through The Entrance. This is a popular vacation spot on the channel from the sea into Tuggarah Lake. Travel north through Wyrrabalong National Park, knowing the ocean is just over the sand dunes. You can have a nice walk on the beach by stopping at any of the car parks beside the road. In fact the whole area is a series of beautiful sandy beaches. Historic Nora Head Light House is also a popular stop. Munmorah State Park has a nice camp site just a short walk from the beach and makes a great first night stop.

Day Two: Rise early to watch the sun rise over the Pacific Ocean. There are miles of beach to walk along and that is our favorite way to start the day. After breakfast, meander up the coast to Newcastle through more resort areas. Downtown Newcastle, Hunter Street shapes into shady promenades lined with funky shops and café’s. It is worth a stop and you can usually find parallel parking for the motor home right on the street. Two routes take you to the Pacific Highway.Just north of Raymond Terrace turn onto Buckets Way towards Gloucester and camp overnight there.

Day Three: For more time by the ocean, head east to Nabiac and then on out to Foster/Tuncurry and spend a couple days at the beach, enjoying what this resort has to offer , However, If you like the higher elevations, grazing country and bush walks, head up over the Great Dividing Range to Walcha, The scenery is spectacular along this drive and Walcha is an quaint country town at the edge of the New England Highlands. Camp the night at Walcha, or travel east 70 km to Mt. Seaview in the Werrikimbe National Park, and be set up for some good bush walking the next day.

Credit Robynejay

Credit Robynejay

Day Four: A day of hiking and exploring Werrikimbe National Park may be in order before driving down the valley to the old lumber town of Wauchope and neighbouring Port Macquarie. Lots to see and do in this tourist area, and lots of caravan parks to spend the night.

Day Five: Meander south on the Pacific Highway, perhaps taking the tourist drive through Foster, Pacific Palms, past Myall Lake returning to the Pacific Highway at Bulahdelah. Hawks Nest/Tea Gardens is a delightful out of the way seaside town with nice beaches and a caravan park on the water.

Day Six: You cannot pass the Hunter Valley without visiting its wineries at Cessnock. Hunter Valley Gardens is worth seeing. Taste some wines and learn the most amazing lingo about bouquets and how to detect the many flavours mingled into each wine. There are places to camp in the Cessnock area, but if you take the 35Km drive out to Broke, there a lovely free camp in their park where you can light a campfire. There is also a quaint little country store that features local wines (and sometimes great deals) as well.

Day Seven: Return to Gosford, either east through Cessnock and down the M1, or south through Wollombi. This road is narrow and windy with remnants of the convict built Great Northern Road, just a lovely drive. You just have to stop at the Wollombi pub. On a sunny Sunday, the town is full of bikes and bikers and it has atmosphere!. Then head back through Mangrove Mountain and back to Gosford.