Friday, January 20, 2012

it's not all work on the property

We get away often but being as aware as we can of just burning fuel , we keep most of our stuff as local as we can.  I thought it might be nice to give a idea of what you can do and how much you can enjoy what I call micro travel.


We have a magnificent white water kayaking facility a couple km's down the road, we can even ride to it on our pushbikes with our packrafts ! They're wonderful like that

Packrafts, break down paddle and that's all she said !
You can pack everything down into a back pack and head off !

We'd done a run down the Goolang Ck (overflow through the small hydro station from the Nymboida Rv) and I grabbed the camera and took a few pics of Toni having a go

Hydro outlet in the background

Lovin' it !

Negotiating the rapids !

We live in an area dubbed the "Northern Rivers", it's full of gorgeous unspoiled rivers and waterways everywhere, many of them allowing you to take things a little easier

Takin' it easy on the Nymboida Rv

and having come from North Qld, I can tell you being able to swim and make use of the rivers without fear of Crocodiles is WONDERFUL !


We're not too far from the ocean here as well (yes a veritable outdoor lovers wonderland where we live) , so in Summer we head over from time to time to enjoy the beach, once again coming from North Qld, not having any box jellyfish is WONDERFUL !

We were at Red Rock the other day, the water of the Corindi Rv is a gorgeous turquoise !
Red Rock headland, Corindi Rv (L) meets the Ocean

Toni on her boogie board in the river

You can get in at the township of Red Rock and float down, using the current of the river, to the headland.  Be aware the current is VERY strong, so make sure you feel comfortable and understand what you are doing if you have a go

Shucking Oysters off the rocks

Beach wildlife

There are a plethora of beaches close by, providing us with a cornucopia of choice
Headland at Minnie Waters

Pebble Beach at Station Creek
The above are just two of many

Humpback breaching off Woolgoolga headlands


We're also surrounded by innumerable National Parks with some truly superb hiking and places to see, just a snippet
Atop Cathedral Rock at Cathedral Rock NP
Striding out at Clarence Rv gorge

Rainbow Falls, Clarence Rv
On the trail to Gara Gorge, Oxley Wild Rvs NP

On the Gara Gorge track
One of the many pools at the Gibraltar NP

Dangar Falls

Mountain Biking

The other thing we do a lot of of is mountain biking, because we have the luxury of our own property, we've built an extensive network of trails on our land, here's a pic of a recently completed trail
Part of the "Leg Bone" trail

and we're mindful of the environmental damage, so when building structures, we use recycled timber for the decking (discards from a local mill that makes tongue and groove floor boarding) and coppiced trees for stringers
coppiced logs used as stringers

recycled hardwood t&g flooring used for decking

While their is a sense of satisfaction in building a wonderful facility, the grin factor comes in from riding it.  Us and others love it
Organised group ride

Jaye enjoying the trails

Mastering the tricky log ride !

Dad 'n Daughter on "legbone"

Lara loves it
Toni works nearby so she often rides into work, using part of our trail network to get there.

As you can see, we're in the middle of an outdoor lovers paradise !


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