Having transferred all our old gear from our previous trailer Thomas into our beaut new Lifestyle Breakaway Leeroy we made a quick reservation at the North Coast Holiday Park – Hawks Nest. We didn’t have any plans other than to get to know the new trailer and sort out what does what and where it all goes.
We figured we could spend a few nights at Hawks Nest and then move on or stay depending on how we felt.
Pretty much my whole life I’ve been driven or driven the stretch of highway between Newcastle and Ballina multiple times a year and have pretty much never deviated off the highway, leaving a significant chunk of NSW coastline unexplored. We figured there was no better time to start changing that.
Neither of us had been to Hawks Nest before which is slightly crazy given how close to Newcastle it is and I have to say we were surprised by it – beautiful beaches, rivers, and lots of little hidden away gems and lots to see and do, or just do nothing.
After a few initial hiccups (about 75% user error, 10% new stiffness and 5% handover) with jockey wheel on our first night, switching between water tanks and some issues with the internal lights we setup and pretty darn happy with ourselves. I have to say the service we have received from the Lifestyle guys has been brilliant the whole time and this week has been no different. Thankfully it was all only teething problem and nothing serious.
Haha and yes we fixed that lean !
Trying to get the awning to sit right … we capitulated and ended up downloading the awning cheatsheet and video Darren had sent us earlier in the week … amazing how much easier the destructions make things LOL !
Whilst you can purchase the entire closed in annex we opted for the wall behind the kitchen only. We didn’t have the enclosed annex in the previous trailer so we thought we’d see how we go before purchasing them all.
The park has lovely easy walking access to the beach with a neat little kids playground just outside.
We ended up spending the entire week at the North Coast Holiday Park – Hawks Nest. The managers were just amazing, so helpful and friendly, nothing was a problem and they went out of their way to help. The welcome pack they provided was simply brilliant and helped us to explore the area. They also got us onto the North Coast Holiday Park ‘road tripper’ pass – if you stay at 2 or more parks for seven nights (they don’t have to all be consecutive) you get the 7th night free, which is a pretty good deal.
We spent the week fiddling around on the van, walking along the beach, exploring the waterways, sampling some of the food and getting a good dose of sunshine and fresh air.
It was also my first chance to give my new GoPro a test. I haven’t had one before so I was keen to see what I could capture with it.
I still have a bit of work to do bit I loved experimenting with my new gadget.
We also headed up the road to the little punt/ferry that cross the Myall lakes and the amazing sand dunes of Dark Point.
There’s certainly more to see and do then we expected and we will definitely be back.