Northcliffe - now there’s somewhere we haven’t camped before - good
idea Phil. Departure time was 9 am, this gave us the chance to set up
camp and ride to Windy Harbour in the afternoon.
Unfortunately I was tied up giving riding lessons in the morning and
had to leave later. On the other hand I was really looking forward to
the ride as the Denmark-Walpole-Northcliffe road is one of my
favourites. So after finishing packing the bike and fuelling up I
cranked the R100RS up for a brilliant ride.
By the time I’d reached Walpole the others had left so I decided to
keep riding and within 50kms I could see a bike in the distance, turned
out to be Warwick. Passed him then Barry and Sue and Frank. In front I
could see Chris on her BMW 60/6, pulled up alongside, had a bit of a
wave and then settled in behind her.
Before you knew it we were in Northcliffe. (That was 215kms without
stopping for me - and it was luverly). We then took a narrow bitumen
road to “The Round Tuit” caravan park.
Great place, small but with excellent campers kitchen etc, but best
of all it was like camping in the bush.
After putting tents up (See article on Barry and Sue’s camper) we all settled outside Phil and Lurline’s caravan for lunch or, for some people, an early afternoon tea.
It was then time for a very enjoyable ride into Windy Harbour, Chris
and I (as well as some of the others) had never been there before. The
town itself consisted of shacks which I believe are leased from the
Shire. It's quite an isolated place and is famous for not having
electricity - just individual generators and solar power.
We headed through town to the boat ramp, but where we really wanted
to get to was the lighthouse at D’Entrecasteaux (how do you pronounce
that?) National Park, with its great views. ("Dontruhcustowe" -
After taking a few wrong turns we found the right (very corrugated)
road, which just before the lighthouse area turned into a smooth twisty
bitumen road. What a place, it has excellent walkways with great
viewing places and from the top of the hill there are 360 views. If you
haven’t been there its worth the trip.
Another loverly ride back to the camp - the fire was lit and there
was a pile of wood for us - how’s that for service. The owners of the
park are very friendly and helpful That meant it was time for a beer
and a chin-wag around the fire. For most of us that is - Sue watched
the Eagles flog Sydney on the tele!
Now this was quite interesting as they were talking about the rain
in Perth during the game, which was pretty widespread throughout the
State. Northcliffe - not a drop, with clear skies - not what you’d
expect in this part of the woods.
Next morning after breakfast (can’t beat toast cooked on a campfire
can you?) it was time to pack the tent and have a leisurely ride to
Albany, stopping as usual in Walpole. The weather incidentally stayed
fine for us the whole weekend including the trip home.
Great weekend, thanks Phil for doing the organising