Day 7 – Hawks Nest to Newcastle (map and notes) 

The ferry from Tea Gardens is operated by Port Stephens Ferry Service.  We rang the previous afternoon to book on the 9am ferry, but the guy was all 'just turn up'.  I think we were charged $10 each one way, and $5 for the tandem (can't remember)...    It can be cancelled due to weather …

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Day 6 – Forster to Hawks Nest (via Mining Trail/Old Gibber Fire Trail) 

Our original plan for today was to ride the Lakes Way to Bulahdelah.  But then... we'd had a guy in the bike shop back at Laurieton ask Marc if we were going to go to Seal Rocks, and said that he'd heard of a road connecting the Seal Rocks road to Mungo Brush.  As we …

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Day 6-Forster to Hawks Nest via Mining Road Trail (map & notes) 

Our original plan was to head to Bulahdelah for the night, via the Lakes Way (which would have been 63km)  but we heard about the Old Mining Trail (and Old Gibber Trail) through Myall Lakes National Park, and got the heads up from the National Parks Officer (at the Ruins campground office) that this road …

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Day 4 – Port Macquarie to Harrington 

First stop Lake Cathie (pronounced 'cat-eye') snack time. Only 17k in, but how could you not stop here? Hastings motorists were awesome. Overwhelmingly courteous, gave you heaps of room when passing. Marc had thought they might be used to cyclists because it's part of a triathlon route, and the motorists would be used to lots of bikes out …

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Day 4 – Port Macquarie to Harrington (map & notes)

Ocean Drive, heading south out of Port, turned out to be pretty darn bike friendly, almost through to North Haven.  A combination of infrastructure -  bike lanes, (even through most roundabouts) and familiarity with cyclists, and thus an unprecedented amount of passing courtesy.   There are parts, of course, like most of Australia, where the …

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