After Kew we have a week’s break off golf and head down to another regular stop at Lane Cove National Park just north of Sydney for 4 days. The weather is not the best but we still head out for a spot of sightseeing.
The Kew Country Club is one of our favourite weeks of golf during the year. This is our fourth year at the event and we catch up with friends made on previous trips. Kew is approximately 40 Kms south of Port Macquarie and 320 Kms north of Sydney.
We stay at our normal caravan park on the same site number which is only 50 metres walk from the beach.
The golf course was in great condition due to recent rain and the results were good for Bob who won 2 runner up prizes in A Grade.
Our next week of golf is around Port Stephens at 3 different golf clubs, Pacific Dunes, Horizons and Nelson Bay.
Around 175 Kms north of Sydney and with an area of approximately 134 square kms (52 sq mi), Port Stephens is larger than Sydney Harbour. Port Stephens extends approximately 24 km (15 mi) inland from the Tasman Sea and at its widest point, it is 6.5 km (4 mi) across.
We catch up with Tom and Julie at Nelson Bay. As far as the week of golf is concerned Siobhan won the NSW Vets Golf Trophy for a great round at Nelson Bay. Friends, Frances McDonald and Jim Nixon also won prizes during the week.
Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens are 2 small towns located on the northern side of Port Stephens Bay. We stop overnight in the car park of the local bowls club for the sum of $5.50. And as we are now members we can stop there overnight for free anytime in the future. Hawks Nest was named after a large hawk’s nest in a tree on the Myall River that was used as a navigational aid by the local population. The area is renowned for its high volume of koala bears (of which we saw none!).
The Vintage Golf Club is a Greg Norman designed course situated bang in the middle of the Hunter Valley wine region of New South Wales. The facility has reciprocal rights with Pelican Waters so it was a perfect opportunity to play this quality golf course. And what an experience – the course was in immaculate condition and we had it to ourselves.
After Tenterfield, we have a week before having to get to Port Stephens for the next week of golf. So we overnight at Armidale, Tamworth and Branxton.
Armidale is a town on the very popular ‘Waterfall Way’ which drives through several stunning National Parks where many waterfalls can be viewed.
Tamworth is a large city, known as the “First City of Lights”, being the first place in Australia to use electric street lights in 1888. Tamworth is also famous as the “Country Music Capital of Australia”, annually hosting the Tamworth Country Music Festival in late January; the second biggest country music festival in the world. The city is recognised as the “National Equine Capital of Australia” because of the high number of equine events held in the city and the construction of the world class Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre, the biggest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
Branxton is a handy overnight free camp spot very close to the wine region of the Hunter Valley.