We’ve been heading slowly down the coast to our furthest point south at Grafton and then we turn inland and head back to Auburn Farm which was our starting point. We had a stopover at the small coastal town of Iluka. Again we had stayed here before a couple of years back. This time we stayed out of town at the excellent but expensive Woody Head state run bush campground. There is a great spot just outside Iluka where a huge, wild windswept beach runs for miles in one direction and then a sea wall shelters a small bay on the other side. We’d been here before for sunbathing and swimming and seen dolphins swimming in the bay and this time they were there again swimming and playing and so close to the beach.

When travelling the best source of information is Australians who are on the road themselves and it was thus that we heard about Jackadgery and its campsite on the Mann River. We had bumped into another friendly crowd when we overnighted at Lake Leslie a couple of weeks ago and Trevor and Jenni told us that if we were close by we must visit. Jackadgery (great name) sits high up as you cross the Great Dividing Range mid way between Grafton and Glen Innes. The whole road is world heritage listed and what a spectacular drive it is, miles of steep winding road through rainforest. The road links national parks together including Washpool, Nymboida and the Gibralter Range. These remote parks contain wonderful rock formations, waterfalls, sub-tropical rainforests and some of Australia’s most precious flora and fauna.

The Mann River Caravan Park sitting high above the mighty Mann River is in a lovely setting. Owned by Lee and his enormous dog Boof it’s one of the friendliest sites we’ve been to. Lee’s passionate about conservation and explained loads about the local area. He’s also a great guitarist, writing a lot of his own stuff and loves nothing better than sitting about at night with a few others strumming his guitar and singing.

We spent a day doing a great drive high up in the park on dirt roads but that’s not what we’ve really come here for. Tommorow we do a 22km canoe trip down the river – rapids and all. They say if you want to stay young you should frighten yourself frequently. From what we’ve heard tomorrow should be pretty scary.

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