Seal Rocks to Bonny Hills, Australia

Distance: 112 miles
Time on bikes: 3 hours

After a light breakfast we get packed away and ride to the end of the Sugarloaf Point to visit the Seal Rocks Lighthouse. This turned out to be a nice walk, and for once we weren’t charged to visit the lighthouse which was interesting to see.

Dating back over 150 years, although the lighthouse has now been converted to run automatically and use electric power rather than kerosene, there are information boards about how the lighthouse was run and the history behind it. Amazingly it still uses the original reflectors.

Back to the bikes we get packed up and then continue up the coast, taking a slight detour to see the town of Wingham. This sounded interesting in the Lonely Planet Guide, by like many of our experiences with places in the guide, it seems to paint a bit of a glowing review of somewhere which seems to lack such a glow. We see the tree trunk in the town centre which stands as a testament to the towns timber history. Although the guide states it weighs in at 31 tons, like a few facts in the LP guide, they’re not quite true as apparently the log is only a mere 19 tons.

A little disappointed at what Wingham has to offer, we make our way back to the coast, stopping off at a shop to get a new bulb for Béné’s rear brake light. We then decide to aim for the town of Bonny Hills, and as some consolation for the weather we’ve had today, get some things to make a nice dinner to lift our spirits.

The campsite turns out to be quite nice, but the chap behind the counter tells us that the forecast is the same for the next four days. It’s not like the weather has been terrible, just similar to an overcast day back in England which threatens to cheer up or pour down with rain at any point. We may scoot up the coast a few hundred miles to try and escape this weather and hope for something better so that we can enjoy the beaches along the coast.

Jour 318 – Mercredi 2 Mars 2011. De Seal Rocks a Bonny Hills, Australie.

Distance: 174 km – Temps à moto: 3 heures

Après un petit déjeuner léger, on range et on prend la route pour aller a la pointe de ‘Sugarloaf’. C’est une ballade sympa dans les bois vers le joli phare de ‘seal rocks’ ou il est possible de louer des gites, sur une pointe avec vue sur la mer. Le phare est éléctrique, mais dans le passé il marchait au kérozène, et devait être nettoyée régulièrement, et cela n’était possible que par la préence constante de gardes du phare. Ce phare était d’autant plus important qu’il y a de petites iles un peu plus loin où de nombreux bateaux ont coulé.

On retourne ensuite aux motos et on reprend la route, on fait un petit détour par la ville de Wingham qui semblait intéressante celon le guide touristique. Mais en fait il n’y a qu’un tronc en mémoire des bucherons du coin… on reprend donc la route vers la côte. On s’arrête pour acheter une ampoule pour mon frein arrière qui ne marche plus. On décide ensuite de continuer jusqu’à la ville de Bonny Hills, et comme il n’a pas fait beau aujourd’hui on se console en cuisinant un bon repas.

Le camping est sympa, mais quelqu’un nous dit que la météo ne va pas s’améliorer dans les prochains jours. Ce n’est pas que c’est un temps vraiment mauvais, mais on va essayer d’aller plus au Nord pour avoir un peu plus de soleil.