Tomaree Head

Tomaree Head Walk (i.e. not a cycle!)

Today the 22nd July is our last day in Port Stephens. We decided to walk the trails on Tomaree Head.  A lower level path takes walkers to the WWII gun emplacements while the upper track takes leads to the top at 161 meters where there was a radar installation – the earliest in use and longest in use in WWII in Australia.  It was manned by soldiers who were all WWI veterans – and so were some of the guns in use there.  All a bit worn out but allowing the younger versions to be up in Darwin or in PNG repelling the Japanese.

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Port Stephens and Newcastle

Newcastle – a day trip.  When we got going on the main road to Newcastle we had a recurrence of a flappy, bashy noise that initially made itself known as we were finishing the drive to Shoal Bay.  We thought it was something loose on the caravan but no – it’s  the car.  We diagnosed the noise as we drove along.  It didn’t get better or worse in time with anything the car was doing, accelerating, braking, turning, gear changing and all that – but seemed to respond to air currents.  Eventually we traced it to the left rear mudflap/wing assembly and something has definitely come adrift there.  So, no major issue as yet but something that needs fixing before we go much further.

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