Quick stop at Tomaree Lookout point before going to Mango Brush

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After our failed attempt to look for Samurai Beach, off we go with our roadtrip. We saw a signboard LOOKOUT and he made a yolo turning into this place.

Personally, i wouldnt spend my time here. It’s like a 15-20 mins drive up, but nothing much… other than enjoying some cheeseballs with him that we bought from Aldi.

Let the photos do the speaking. Ok fine I only have a few on this spot. But, the road journey to Mango Brush was pretty 🙂

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One Mile Beach , one moment sunny, one moment rainstorm.

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One Mile Beach is a very simple and no crowd beach (or maybe just at April cause it’s cold) just next to Samurai Beach, but of course through driving it doesnt sound that simple.

To go to the beach, it’s almost not visible, there will be a big sign on the road then once turned in go straight and will see holiday park on your left, since april is school holiday there is a lot of caravans. So there is an open car park that’s big enough to just park there for a long time and go to the beach. There’s a washroom that you’ll passed by before going to the beach, the showers is outdoors so we have to wear our swimwear if we wanna get a free cold shower.

Since we were staying hobo last night we left really early in the morning so when we reach the One Mile beach it was just 7am. And! you can see a few hardcore surfers still surfing on a cloudy unpredictable weather like this.

We were attempting to walk to the end of the beach and I’m trying to see if it links to the Samurai Beach. When we were at 3/4 end of the beach, the wind totally blew the rain to us so arghhhhhh we have to like quickly get back to our car.

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Yep it actually looks gloomy like this

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How Campermate App lead us to nude beach – but we failed

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We want to look for a free site to camp (just in our own car will do) at night, we use this app called Campermate that allowed us to find free/cheap/pricy camping spots and holiday parks.

So after Nelson bay visit we were looking for a place for the night – Yes we didn’t plan where to stay until the day itself, pretty hobo.

I downloaded this app and it shows all the types of camping available in Australia, so we look for the green color the free ones and found this beach called Samurai Beach, which is a nude beach! There is a camping ground for self-contained cars (which is suitable for us since our camping tent is pathetically from K-mart anyway :D). Looking more at the details, Hauke was a bit reluctant initially once we found out it is a nude beach! I on the other hand was super excited since I have not visited one. The reason being he said there’s a lot of creepy old naked men and I think there’s a lot of hot girls there haha.

It was already dark so google maps didnt help too much the roads are dark (totally not like my country where there is almost no roads without lights. There is a holiday park but it’s a proper one so the road to the beach was blocked we can’t go through to the camping ground , so bear in mind when looking for a free spot for this place, it’s quite hidden.

After looking for quite some time we ended up just camping at some secluded housing area (very common in non-cities of Australia) and did not even find the samurai beach at the next morning, damn.

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Skip Port Stephens, go Nelson Bay in April.

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So we left Stockton holiday park, and its a sunny day lucky for us! After enduring days of cold at NSW lol. Well, less cold at least, still rainy though.

We walked around the beautiful area and the weather is just cloudy – rainy – cloudy – sudden rain. We saw one elderly couple intend to go take a ride in their boat but because of the rain they have to get in and out of the car, waiting for the rain to stop, when it rains get back into the car again. So we were chilling in our car too because we thought of taking a walk, but with the fickle weather it ain’t easy.

When it was just drizzling (and hopefully no sudden pour of rain) we walked around the bay path. We were EXTREMELY EXCITED when we saw A PELICAN! Trying to zoom our camera and phones, tryna stalk the chill bird (which later on in our trip we start to see it more and and felt meh ).

As we kept walking, we saw a mangrove park. The area was quite empty (due to the weather I guess) and I find it amusing that most Aussies own a boat/yacht/water thingy. Hauke told me Aussies tend to spend their money on this (correct me if I am wrong). Cause previously I was wondering the groceries are soooooooo cheap so where does Aussies spend their money on? So it make more sense, even though now sometimes I still wonder , need more confirmation :p, then also recently found out their tax rate is of course higher than where I’m from (then again! groceries are cheap and roads/infrastructure etc are good! So tax went into good use).

He was hoping to see some koala. We talked to a Swede woman that has been living in Australia for 20 years, according to her now is not the season, if they are around they would be really noisy at night.

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Woohoo pelican at damn far away but woohooo damn excited!

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Saw that pelican!

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His turn to stalk the pelican

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We had to ride at the shoplot there when the rain suddenly came pouring

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Mangrove boardwalk!

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Beautifully relaxing Stockton Beach + Shipwreck Walk.

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We woke up in our cold damp cheap tent in Stockton Holiday Beach Park, but the good thing is, it stopped raining! Since the kitchen is finally open, cooked up some breakfast. Note that cooking utensils is not provided for your cooking. I think it was an area that is not so common to have non aussies, cause I was getting some attention (people tend to look longer than usual) and people felt like ‘hey why is this asian girl here?’ Hopefully is just my mind playing games.

So, this place has a nice beach! The Shipwreck Walk is really nice too, just feels relaxing.  Oh there was some wicked campers campervan arrived, my first time seeing it like wow, some pretty hipsters painting their whole van. Then Hauke told me it was just a rented van, oh okay.

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Anne Feneley Lookout, Newcastle

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It’s so windy! but yet so enjoyable for us at the moment! It was super cold and windy so we were only out of our car for like 30 mins or so? take some pics and poof, off we go! Since it is getting dark at 5pm.

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You can see how aggresive the waves are, yikes!

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The wind was so strong and the sky was so cloudy and grey, we took so many attempts to get a proper photo, and also with my horrible photography skills haha. In case you (yes you, future Charlie) that why is there always two filter, that’s because charliemae likes retro filter, so there is a no filter and a retro filter 😉

So I didnt take any pics at the campsite, Stockton Beach Holiday Park. It was just cold and raining and we were damn tired. It was my first ever campsite and I find it interesting on how camping sites work. You basically just get an empty spot on the grass, choosing with/without electricity. Cheapest campsite is always without electricity. I’m amazed by how savvy the camp trailers can look like.
Oh so initially I thought we get a proper cabin for 20 AUD, but fuck lol those cost about at least 100 AUD and he drove us to a camping spot that is dark and cold and wet (since it is rainy). So he set up our tent there. And because the tent is from a cheap convenience store costing 15 AUD, water leaks!… if you touch the skin of the tent. So, you have to be as immobile and not touching the tent , succumbing in the middle of the tent like a fetus to avoid the whole tent being wet. What an experience.
Oh and, by the time we decided to cook dinner at about 10pm, the kitchen is closed, thats just great. so we just end up taking a nice loooooonng hot shower (yes its been days this is my first shower) and set up the tent, and eat in the car , eating in the car is a daily ritual now. So, that was my 3rd night in Australia, finally getting a proper shower.

Newcastle Ocean Bath – dramatic strong wind in April!

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Oh man, don’t play a fool, don’t mess with the wind and waves.

At Nobby’s, the wind was already strong and continuous. From Nobby’s beach we drove a little further up to reach the ocean bath, well actually wasn’t part of the plan but it was beautiful and i wanted to go to it. So I changed my wet jeans to a shorts, and looking outside the car, it doenst seem so suitable cause people are either wearing yoga pants or jeans. Once I step out of the car, I totally understand because the WIND WAS CRAZILY STRONG. There is not a second without wind, literally! I had to changed to a knee length pants, and of course, borrow his windbreaker!

Looking at the pictures, nope , swimming at the ocean bath is definitely out of the question. Funny thing is, there is some trying-to-be-macho aussie dad and son still attempt to swim…

Since swimming is out of the question, we just explore the ocean bath and yay! we found a place to shower! free showers! but it was too damn cold to shower there yikes , so in the night we did end up camping for a price.

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