Friday, October 22, 2010

Bulahdelah, NSW

Bulahdelah is a beautiful place with lots of friendly town’s people.  Bulahdelah is situated 2 hours south of Port Macquarie on the Pacific Highway.  As the quote from their brochures say “Bulahdelah is in the heart of the Myall Lakes.  With spectacular State Forests and breathtaking National Parks, Bulahdelah offers a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of busy seaside resorts and the stresses of everyday life.  With a rich historical background, abundant wildlife, easy water access to lakes, rivers and beaches, endless forests and a full range of accommodation.” 
 Unfortunately the new highway will bypass Bulahdelah so to encourage visitors to their beautiful town they are in the throes of becoming an RV Friendly town.
  They have taken the initiative and with the volunteers from the Lion’s Club are doing a tremendous job in making sure their town is attractive to all visitors.  There was a little hiccup, as they were not quite ready for the 17 plus motor homes that descended on their fair city.  So if you are in the area and want to stay a short while you will be made very welcome.  We stayed at the Showgrounds with lovely hot showers and with green neatly mowed grounds. There is plenty of room for big rigs.  It may not be where they will decide to house the RV’s that visit but I am sure that they will find an equally divine spot for you to lay your weary head.  A Dump Point facility will be available soon.  The town boasts Butchery, Bakery, Hardware, Gift & Video Shop, Hairdressers, Newsagency, Chemist, IGA, 3 Petrol Outlets and some lovely Cafes and lots of other essential must haves such as hospitals etc.  I recommend the meal at the Bowling Club and meals are available also at the Golf Club and the Plough Inn.
From there we did an excursion to Forster, one part of a twin city seaside development, (the other half being Tuncurry) north from Taree.  After a lovely lunch we exited along the Lakes way wending our way into the lovely beaches and lakes on our journey back to Bulahdelah. 
 Boomerang Beach was very picturesque with lovely rock formations outlined against the crashing of the waves. 

 Bluey beach and Pacific Palms were well worth the journey and lastly Seal Rocks with the almighty Sugarloaf Lighthouse visioned on the headland overlooking Sugarloaf Bay.
  From here was an ideal spot to watch out for migrating whales.   Wednesday we followed the mountain trail up on Alum Mountain.
  The largest deposit of Alunite in the Southern Hemisphere was once mined here.  Many years before barges steamed up the Myall River to pick up the valuable resource to ship to Sydney then South Australia.  Now you can hire house boats from the Marina to explore the river. 
From the picnic area we ventured up a steep primitive path to finally be rewarded with magnificent views of the township from the lookout.  We were 200metres above sea level with only the local fauna and flora for company. 
 There were many unexplored caves amongst the rock face which were probably used once upon a time for the mining and also lots of interesting rock formations espied on our walk.  We left this lovely spot with regret on Thursday and are now stationed in Lower Belford near the wonderful Hunter Valley.  We are enjoying the hospitality of Steve and Margaret on their acreage and are accompanied by Julie and Peter and Donette and Larry.  More on this later.
Talk again soon

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