LORNE MACADAMIA NUT FARM CAFEThis could genuinely be an off the beaten path tip as it is some 25 minutes drive inland from North Haven.Now let me explain the Tip Title. It's a working Macadamia Nut Farm which also has quite a nice little cafe. In keeping with the theme of "Nuts" the men's restroom has the sign, "His Nuts" on it while "Her Nuts" is...more
With a great river that flows into (or through)two different lakes, Queen's Lake & Watson Taylor Lake, there is no shortage of water to explore.Many locals have their own boats (my father in law being one of them) and many holiday makers, particularly during Christmas and Easter, bring their own boats as well. Making the boatramps busy at these...more
North Brother Mountain was named by Captain Cook while his ship the 'Endeavour' was sailing up the east coast in 1770, along with Middle Brother and South Brother.It is the focal point of Dooragan National Park and towers over the local area at an imposing 487 metres. I know that is pretty insignificant to you my European & American VT friends, but...more
This is in a new development of apartments above & shops below by a fellow I've known since his family moved up here from Sydney well over 20 years ago.Every time I went past this place in the evening it was doing really good business, quite possibly at the expense of "Relish by the River" only about 6 doors down the road! How many were locals &...more
This cafe/restaurant has a lovely setting even though the main road running through North haven, along the riverbank can get a bit busy on occasions (still nothing like Sydney or even worse, Paris). You can sit outside on the patio/verandah which affords you the best views, but is not recommended in the heat of summer because the dreaded Aussie...more
North Haven is the ideal place to use a bicycle to get around. It is not only flat so you can determine the pace & level of exertion for yourself, but there is also a dedicated track for both walking & cycling all the way down from Laurieton along the riverbank to North Haven beach where you can ride all the way to the end of the Wall/Breakwater. My attached photo shows a couple of bike riders on their way back from the end of the Wall. Who knows how far they have to get back to where they came from. For us when staying at North Haven in the house in which I grew up, it's only a couple of minutes by bike.
When my girls get a bit older & we are staying at my Father-in-Law's house at Laurieton we'll definitely cycle down to the beach. It should take us about 15 minutes to do the 2/3 kilometre trip.
You will see a mixture of both locals & holidaymakers using their bikes to get around in North Haven & you will see the majority of them along the Wall/Breakwater & the track (concrete) along the river.
It's a fun, relaxing, healthy way to get around this water wonderland
Owned by a guy I've known for over 30 years now, back when he was just another kid visiting North haven on holidays with his parents. His name is Steve Drury, but known to all and sundry as, "Droz"!
Not the only surfshop in the area. There are 2 others in Laurieton, but this is the only 'fair dinkum' surfshop in the area with all the gear you need from surfboards themselves through all the surf gear down to sunnies and surfwax.
If you go into Droz's shop and he's there (you can't miss him - long blonde hair and the heavy tan looking like old man surf himself, but not quite King Neptune - no trident in evidence!) tell him you found out about the shop from me and you might get a dollar or two discount (course not on wax & the cheaper stuff).
What to buy: Any surf stuff you need or you little heart desires. Plenty to choose from and the top brands are there with a good selection for both guys and chicks.
What to pay: Average prices for surfgear for most Aussie surfshops
Yes indeed, "Row, row, row your boat", but not "gently down the stream" as the song we learnt in Primary School said. In this case, & please enlarge the photo to see it more clearly, it is a surfboat.
If you are visiting here during Summer & particularly during the School Holidays during late December & January, then you will quite possibly catch sight of these guys. They can usually be seen in the later afternoon out on a training row. They come up the river to the beach & may even practice catching a wave or two (have a look at my travelogues on my Coogee page for a series of photos of 2 surfboats out an early morning training session) before rowing back down the river to where they have left the trailer for the surfboat.
It's great to see this & for me it takes me back to a time in my late teenage days when a group of us used to do almost exactly the same thing. A lot of fun & good healthy exercise in a beautiful environment. What more could one ask for? Not too much!
Diamond Head camping area is in Crowdy Bay National Park and is about 10-15 minutes drive from Laurieton along a mostly unsealed (gravel) road.It's fairly basic camping. You need to take your own drinking water as the water there is bore water suitable for washing both yourselves & cooking/eating utensils from, but not drinking.It is though a...more
Yes, as you can see, camping with the Kangaroos can have its less than pleasant side. We were camped straight opposite these people & they made the mistake of not zipping their tent up properly which enabled what I call the Kangaroo Burglars (as opposed to Cat Burglars. lol!) to gain entry & raid any food supplies that were not safely sealed up or...more
North haven beach is where I learnt to surf from about 10 and a half onwards while I borrowed (bludged in good old Aussie slang) surfboards until I could buy my own at about 12 years old.Your homebeach always remains your favourite even though it isn't the best wave in Australia. Crescent Head is really a much better wave when it's working. but...more
I was a keen fisherman as a kid. Used to have my favourite rock on the breakwall/breakwater. Often caught 30+ Leatherjackets in 2-3 hours fishing on slack high or low ater plus an hour or so either side.It used to be a great spot for catching Blackfish in the autumn too, but I don't know how good it for any fishing is these days.My stepfather, a...more