Aussie Road Trip: Deception Bay to Yamba

7 Dec

Our month-long summer road trip from Deception Bay, north of Brisbane to Melbourne and on to Tasmania and back to Melbourne, has begun with all the ‘big things’. 

Australians have a fascination with ‘big things’. We passed the Big Avocado just north of Pottsville, the Big Pineapple and the Big Prawn in Ballina, and we’re looking forward to the Big Guitar in Tamworth tomorrow. 

First overnight stop was Paradise Point for a homecooked farewell dinner with my parents, Margaret and Don. Magnificent. 

The double bike rack Dad loaned us is working well. I forgot when I made up the extra number plate that the state was needed so a QLD was carefully penned in. Wouldn’t want interstate cops chasing us down.  

 I also collected driving sleeves Mum had sewn for me as sun protection. By stitching in a pair of cotton gloves (available in any large supermarket) I’m now sunproof even in a tshirt. I was tempted to patent the design but I think Japanese female golf caddies got there before me. I have yet to have any skin cancers cut out (like too many of my contempraries) and I’d like to keep it that way. Also good for making jazz hands. 

This morning marked our very last meeting with the architects in Byron Bay. The detailed specifications are almost ready to go to the builder for him to quote a fixed price for the contract. Still no sign of a second quote for the driveway and other civil works so we decided to include it in the builder’s scope of works. Since we are away overseas from early January until the end of June the entire build should be done in our absence.

Tonight we’re in a 60s style motel in Yamba on the mouth of the Clarence River. 

We won’t be able to camp until we borrow Cam’s tent from him but at least we’ll be able to pitch the tent in Tasmania.

Happily not much has changed in sleepy Yamba since this motel was built. The surf breaks still pump, families still flock to the campgrounds by the river and play beach cricket, the fish still bite, and the lawn bowls club is the liveliest spot in town.   


4 Responses to “Aussie Road Trip: Deception Bay to Yamba”

  1. trevor willis December 7, 2015 at 9:10 pm #

    good luck with the house in byron. doing that kind of project is normally a good receipt for divorce !!!

    • Sharon Tickle December 9, 2015 at 11:02 am #

      How right you are Trev. That’s the reason we aren’t coming back until it’s done.

  2. neilson1 December 9, 2015 at 11:05 pm #

    Don’t forget the big banana in Coffs. Cx

    Sent from my iPhone


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