Dan and Lu's Travels
We had a lovely breakfast of coffee and watermelon and orange sat on the rocks watching early morning surfers battling the waves. Then got onto the highway and headed for Grafton. LP says its not a tourist place and its inland, but sounded interesting. Its a slightly backwater place, to say the least. Dan described it as a sunny Rochdale which I thought was a little harsh.... The bridge you have to cross to get into town is a cool old iron affair that has two levels; top for cars and bottom for trains. It spans the wide Clarence River. Think some of my favourite parts of driving are crossing the endless bridges over rivers. Because we are so near the coast, the rivers tend to be very wide and grand looking, and you can see for miles as the landscape opens up inland with hills and mountains in the background. Two kids (whose parents were in the upstairs of a bar, drunk) actually started throwing things at us while we were having coffe! This didn't help the impression we had of the place and we got into the van and drove to a rest area about 50km from Byron Bay. Very strange rest area. Called New Italy, it was free to stay there but had a cafe and gallery dedicated to Italy, and replica statues of Michaelangelo's David and others.... Had just finished eating when another Wicked camper turned up driven by an English couple, Andy and Claire. So they joined us and drank wine and swoped travel stories and tips (they were driving south).