Love a good day trip

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 12, 2011 at 13:21
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A day trip through the Candole State forest, NSW
A few of the gang are camped at Illaroo Camping Ground Minnie Waters, We couldn't get to camp this time, so we made a day trip out of it. Love this time of year to travel through some good country.
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We leave home about 10am, Saturday, with the Cruiser packed(Chairs, Shovel, Recovery Gear, First Aid Box and all the other bits for a day out) with lunch, the fridge and hot water for a cuppa along the way, we cross the ferry and head down Woodford island to Brushgrove/Cowper. Travel the short distance along the Pacific H/Way to Ulmarra, turn left towards Tucabia. Once at Tucabia we head back towards the Highway at Tyndale. Just out of Tucabia about 1km is a dirt road on your right,(Note, Be aware that Motor Bikes use these roads and travel at speed, it also pays to have the UHF on scan, in case there are other road users nearby) Bostock Rd, Just as you get to the heavier timbered area, to the left there is track, Bevan showed us Bush Lemons grown up in the area last time we traveled through here. About 8k's along from the Tyndale rd there will be a T junction, Telephone Spur, TVeer right. You will come across gates along this road, please Shut them if they are shut., farmers have cattle on these lands.Telephone Spur is a nice easy drive, some of the earth works to stop water washing the track away are steep, but nothing serious, there are some great veiws to be seen of the coast as well as to the west, The Great Dividing Range can be seen through the trees. It's amzing how dry it is, considering the amount of rain we have had this year. The vegetation changes from open timbered country to thickly wooded strands of Gums, Wattles and Grass Trees scattered amongst them. Nearer the bottom of the range there are pockets of very wet scrub.The surface of the tracks change from rocky clay to wet sandy mud, as you can see in the pictures below. In heavy wet periods some of the side spurs would be impassable at times.

Amazing how Nature does her thing.

After traveling for twenty minutes or so you will come to Coast Range Rd, veer right and it is a short roll down the hill to the Main road through the Candole, Candole Forest Rd. This will take you to the Wooli/ Pillar Valley road, turn left and the Minnie Waters turn off isn't that far along, it's on your left and the Illaroo camping area is on your right just before you get to Minnie Waters.. Instead of turning here and you were to follow your nose, this will take you to the Diggers Camp turn off on the left and then further along to the village of Wooli.

After spending 4 maybe 5 hours telling tall stories sitting around a camp fire and enjoying a few coldies, It's time to head home, Fysh drives because I've had a couple cold ones with the boys. It's dark and starting to rain, we arrive home about 6.30pm and have covered some 170k's today. I mentioned to Bullfrog earlier that it would be great little run for a night trip through the Candole State Forrest, He agreed, so this is something we will plan.

Another Great day trip enjoying some good trails and a few beers with great company, Thanks Guys.

Love my backyard, The Clarence Valley.
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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Sunday, Jun 12, 2011 at 16:45

Sunday, Jun 12, 2011 at 16:45
G/Day Jon

Yes the Clarence Valley is a magic location.
The Cook and I like to use Yamba as a home base and explore the area.
We don't know the area as well as your self but we are finding some great places.
You have certainly picked a wonderful place to live at Lawrence.

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Follow Up By: Hairs & Fysh - Sunday, Jun 12, 2011 at 17:49

Sunday, Jun 12, 2011 at 17:49
Hi Daza,
Next time the Cook & yourself are down this way we'll take you for a drive through there, or one of the other many Forests that we have no more than a stones throw away.
There is so much more to see, I want to get up into the area between the Summerland Highway and The Clarence Way, just west of us, there is a lot of country in there as well.
I'm trying to track down maps of the old Stock Routes of the area, I stumbled across, on the Department of Lands Website this.
Parish Maps To Zoom in on a map just double click the map. I don't know if other states have something the same or not. There is so much history and country around the upper catchment areas of the tributaries that feed into the Clarence.
It really is Gods Country.

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