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Trip: OZ East Coast 2007

Written by herwig show herwig profile

Tuesday May 13 2008 02:05:35 PM

Date: from Oct 28, 2007 to Nov 30, 2007

Surf trip description:

OZ East Coast

 

 

 

When arriving at Sydney with the van after 3000kms criss-cross along the east coast the question was: Has it been worth all the expense and struggle doing a trip half around the planet? Well, to be honest, I don't know until now...but the more it gets to the past, only afterglows kept in mind. All the bugs and moskitos that tumbled to the ground hit to death by our smokey coil are forgotten. Memories on B-double-semi monster trucks overtaking in the darkness at oncoming traffic are fading away.

 

 

 OZ2007-Bondi Junction Lineup 

Bondi Junction Lineup

 

 

What's left in mind as it was no more than a day ago is the great landscape down the coast from Bundaberg to Bondi Beach and all the friendly people my wife Marianne and me met along the way. Not a whiff of localism appeared but only sporty competition.

 

 

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After a 30-hour flight from Frankfurt to Dubai, Singapure and Brisbane we picked up our prereserved campervan and went up the sunshine coast with stops at Mooloolabah, Alexandra Headlands, Coolum and Noosa.

 

 

OZ2007-East Coast Explorer 

East Coast Explorer

 

 

 

As we decided to go to the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef the next stop was the Bundaberg area. The swell was very small so we abandoned the plan to go further north to Agnes Water. At Moore Park and Eliott Heads we found nice places to stay and at Bargara a couple of waves have been ridden. 

 

Heading south again we made a longer stop at Rainbow Beach. All the way from town to Inskip Point is seamed with bushcamps right at the beach inviting us to stay a couple of relaxed days with surf and wildlife. A short trip with the barque to Fraser Island brought unforgettable impressions.

 

 OZ2007-Fraser Coast Inskip Point 

Inskip Peninsula, SS Dorrigo campground

 

 

So far we had enough wilderness and it was only consequent to step into the Gold Coast with the world famous Surfers (Paradise) Hell with a big step forward, but as fast as we went in town we got away.

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Burleigh+Kirra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At home we have galores of this kind of mass tourism cities so it's not necessary to waste time at Down Under with it...Unfortunately, it was the second day of consecutive bad weather plus high wind so Buleigh Heads, Currumbin as well as Kirra Point had all been too rough and high for me. To make matters worse it was weekend so the breaks were full of kamikazes ready to risk their neck for a ride. After all we found a relaxed place at Fingal Head overlooking the coast back up north with all those high surf hot spots.

 

 

Well, the highlight of our tour was still to come as we visited our friends Gay and Ken and the kids in their home at Cabarita Beach. It was our first get-together since more than ten years, so the mood was unbeatable. While Ken and me dropped into a couple of walls at the point, the wives had to talk a lot....

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 cabarita_beach-kenkidsOur friends Gay,Ken,Jessica+Georgina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just in time Kana Loa sent a nice swell and dropped the wind so a clean 4 feet wave (hawaiian sized) peeled in so we had a great time at the beach and later on at night with a "australian" BBQ - means just enough to feed the uptown, too.

 

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Cabarita at it's best!

 

All good things have to come to an end, so leaving Cabarita was a little sad.

Heading south to Evans Head we passed melodic names like Pottsville, Byron Bay, Snapper Rock, Lennox Head and Ballina. All those places are worth to stay for a week but time was running through our fingers, so it was only four days for the whole stretch.  Evans Head was like coming home for us, even though we never been there before. The place has similar conditions to Les Cavaliers in Anglet/France, so it was a jump-in-and-feel-well session. When leaving Evans Head I felt sure to come back one fine day!  Just a couple of kms south we drove into the Bunjalung NP 'cause after two weeks of Sunshine-Gold and Tweed Coast we sought some wilderness and got not disappointed by the beauty of this section of lonesome coastline.

We almost forgot time and tide and suddenly we realized that we will run short with the couple of  days left to go down to Sydney and get our flight back home.

Sadly we cancelled a longer stop at Coffs Harbour so we missed Wannasurf member Reggie6966 - sorry but we surely stopover next time!
Like Coffs we found a dozen other places worth to stay longer, Port Macquarie, Bonny Hills, Forster, Shelly Beach, Avoca...and...and...and.

 

 

 

 

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Sydney Harbour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last days at Manly and Bondi spun away, and there is still the

unanswered question "was this all worth it?" Well, You should find out yourself, for us - it was a doozie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modified: Friday October 7 2011 01:51:42 PM
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Map of the trip

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  Date Surf spot Session's Rate Wind direction Waves height Author  
Show 25-11-2007 Queenscliff Onshore Less than 1m / 3ft herwig OZ East Coast 2007
Show 23-11-2007 North Steyne Onshore 1.5m / 5ft herwig OZ East Coast 2007
Show 22-11-2007 Shelly Beach Onshore 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft herwig OZ East Coast 2007
Show 20-11-2007 Boomerang Beach No wind 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft herwig OZ East Coast 2007
Show 19-11-2007 Rainbow Beach, Bonny Hills Onshore 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft herwig OZ East Coast 2007
Show 18-11-2007 Cabarita No wind 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft herwig OZ East Coast 2007
Show 17-11-2007 Cabarita Onshore 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft herwig OZ East Coast 2007
Show 16-11-2007 Kingscliff Onshore 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft herwig OZ East Coast 2007
Show 15-11-2007 Pottsville Onshore 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft herwig OZ East Coast 2007
Show 14-11-2007 Evans Head - Main Beach No wind 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft herwig OZ East Coast 2007
Show 12-11-2007 Kingscliff Main beach Onshore 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft herwig OZ East Coast 2007
Show 11-11-2007 Fingal Head Onshore 1.5m / 5ft herwig OZ East Coast 2007
Show 10-11-2007 Bribie Island Onshore Less than 1m / 3ft herwig OZ East Coast 2007
Show 09-11-2007 Alexandra Headlands Onshore 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft herwig OZ East Coast 2007
Show 08-11-2007 Fraser Island Onshore 2.5m-3m / 8ft-10ft herwig OZ East Coast 2007
Show 07-11-2007 Inskip Point Onshore Less than 1m / 3ft herwig OZ East Coast 2007
Show 04-11-2007 Elliott Heads No wind Less than 1m / 3ft herwig OZ East Coast 2007
Show 02-11-2007 Moore Park Beach No wind Less than 1m / 3ft herwig OZ East Coast 2007
Show 01-11-2007 Nielsen's Beach No wind Less than 1m / 3ft herwig OZ East Coast 2007
Show 31-10-2007 Coolum Beach Onshore 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft herwig OZ East Coast 2007
Show 31-10-2007 Dicky's shorey Onshore 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft herwig OZ East Coast 2007
Show 31-10-2007 Alexandra Headlands Onshore 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft herwig OZ East Coast 2007
Show 30-10-2007 Mooloolaba Onshore 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft herwig OZ East Coast 2007
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