January 24, 2015
ULYSSES NORTHERN GATEWAY
AUSTRALIA DAY WEEKEND RIDE
Departure Point: Woolies/BP Albany Creek. Cnr of Old Northern Rd and Albany Forest Drive. Albany Creek.
8.00am for an 8.30am departure
SOME ADMIN STUFF
Hotel: ‘The Channon Butter Factory Tavern is the accommodation for both nights however there is not a lot of it. Confirm your room at the hotel. I did and yet the room became un-booked within a fortnight. Fortunately I found out and rebooked. It seems to be ‘that’ sort of accommodation. 026688 6522
Hotel - Saturday night $12.00 meal specials
Camping Just up the road is the The Channon Village Campground. (02) 6688 6204 If you have not booked by now, do it ASAP.
Price Range. AUD10.00 per adult per night. This small peaceful campground offers 10 spacious, shady, grassed sites, with toilets and cold showers. No powered sites. Pets are welcome if controlled. Facilities: Shared bathroom. Koalas may wander through at any time of day or night
The campground is within easy walking distance of The Channon store, tavern and art gallery .
If you are really desperate for your own room there is accommodation at Nimbin. It is however about 19km from The Channon.
WHERE ARE WE GOING???
Day 1 - Saturday
Just after leaving Woolies (8.30am) we are stopping for a quick look at the grave site a WW1 Australian soldier. He was a hero to many people and known to have a confirmed kill of 150 of the enemy.
Through Mt Cotton to Hope Island for smoko. Things are a bit expensive and cafe seating may be a bit tight so it may be a good idea for you to take the thermos and a sandwich/bikky. This stopover gives you a chance to wander around to look at the multi-million dollar boats and for some of us to drool. Any females on the ride are forbidden to enter shoe or handbag shops.
Off to the Gold Coast and 258 Ashmore Road, Benowa
This is the Rosser Park Botanic Gardens which advertise;
it’s free, 31 hectares, smell and touch plants and flowers at the Sensory Garden, take the mangroves to mountain walk, visit the native Butterfly Garden, smell the roses in the Rose Garden and a stroll on the boardwalks around the lake.
Off to Murwillumbah (and probably lunch) TBC. Through to Nimbin via Uki and from there to The Channon
Saturday Night Entertainment – maybe some, maybe not. TBA
Day 2 - Sunday
A Long Day. The plan (at the moment) is to;
Visit the Nimbin market then head off through Lismore to Casino. This will probably be smoko. Then down Summerland Way with a left turn (Lawrence Rd/Pringles Way) to Maclean and the Bluff Pt ferry. From there it is over the highway to Yamba to see a museum. Apart from the normal museum things, they are showing a very special display about Australian inventions. The museum promo picture shows a lady artist using vegemite to paint a picture. There is a small fee.
Back to the highway. This is where it gets a bit tricky. Depending on time we can cut over to Evans Head for a swim and a tourist stroll if time permits. If time is running short we will return to The Shannon and have our swim at one of the water holes (apparently they are very good).
Day 3 - Going Home
We will sort it out on the Sunday night as some will be wanting to go straight home up the highway while others will be a bit keen to find a few twisties.
If you have any other ideas of places to stop and look at/play with/be amazed – please let me know.
The 3 day weather forecast will be assessed on the Friday and should it be exceptionally wet in the majority of days and places we are going to there would be a chance of the ride being cancelled. This would be very unlikely however should this occur there will be a notification on the Northern Gateway ‘Open Road’ Facebook, the Ulysses Northern Gateway web site http://northerngateway.ulyssesclub.org/ and also by email for those who have supplied their email address.
It is recommended that you send your email address to me on email@example.com prior to the Australia Day weekend (the sooner the better) so that any possible changes can be sent to you. Any other detail you need to know, please call me on the above email or mobile 0412 368 481.
Please note: If there is anyone taking their bike trailer or their car and who would be willing to assist others by taking a bit of their luggage, can you call me 0412 368 481 or firstname.lastname@example.org Our President Roz is going on the ride but with a car and is happy to take luggage however you would need to take it to her place on the South side. Her number 0432900917.
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