Day Trip, Bellingen and Dorrigo

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Lec and Harry (her horse) and Erica, her mentor

On a weekend, Lec was participating in a dressage competition down in Bellingen, so I took the opportunity to find out more about horse dressage and check out the town. 

 

I can’t say that I have learnt an woeful lot about horse riding, but it was interesting and we saw some beautiful horses.  Lec is a great rider, she always comes home with a few first prizes and dad can’t stop talking about her to everyone he meats :-)

 

Later in the morning, I drove around Bellingen and walked around town centre, but to be honest, there’s not much to do or see around here.

Nice horse!
 The main street is lined with local art and craft shops, and there’s a museum with photos of Bellingen during pioneer days, when it was a big ship building centre.  A walk along the Bellinger River was pleasant and I though about hiring a canoe, but it was getting late and I wanted to move on to have lunch in Dorrigo.

 

The road from Bellingen to Dorrigo is great until you start to climb up.  At an altitude of 760m above see level and a terrible winding road with a cliff drop on one side, Dorrigo is a tough place to reach.  Old Bella was screaming in agony and at one point I head a new distressing sound, much like two cog wheels meshing out of alignment… then the power dropped… oh mamma mia!!  Please don’t do this to me Bella, not here!  I took her out of automatic and shifted to second gear.

Lec and Harry
  The sound stopped and we literarily crawled up the hill at 5 km/hour with a long queue of angry 4x4s behind us.  I think it might be time for a good service soon!

 

Dorrigo was an important timber town, and it is surrounded by beautiful forest scenery.  Just before you get to town there’s a turning right, leading to a massive National Park.  I’m not big on long walks in the forest, but I did enjoy a quick walk through this world heritage-listed rainforest.  Also, there’s a long board-walk above the canopy, rightly name Skywalk, which gives superb views over the entire Dorrigo Plateau.

 

On my way out, I stopped at Dangar Falls and took photos of the wall of water 30m high.  I drove back along the Dorrigo ��" Coramba route.  I knew there was a ‘small’ stretch of dirt road, which I normally try to avoid, but I didn’t realise it was 25 km long!  Oh my God, here we go again… no phone signal, no farms or cars to be seen, sun’s going down, thick forest as far as the eye can see, a narrow bumpy dirt road and a busted up old Commodore in serious need of a new gearbox.  I’m kinda getting use to this so I followed my usual procedure: locked all doors, clenched my buttocks, sang anything to cheer me up (and cover any unusual, upsetting engine noises) and hoped for the best!

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Lec and Harry (her horse) and Eric…
Lec and Harry (her horse) and Eri…
Nice horse!
Nice horse!
Lec and Harry
Lec and Harry
Lec and Harry
Lec and Harry
Bellinger River
Bellinger River
Bellinger River
Bellinger River
Dorrigo Hotel
Dorrigo Hotel
Dorrigo Plateau from the Skywalk p…
Dorrigo Plateau from the Skywalk …
Skywalk Platform
Skywalk Platform
Rainforest
Rainforest
Dangar Falls
Dangar Falls
Dangar Falls
Dangar Falls
Bellingen
photo by: Connie