by Brooke Fossey
After a nice night scattered across Kyogle, we all met at the Apex Park, near the Showgrounds, for the journey home. It actually turned out that we didn’t have any made up 50 zones – Scott just managed to see them all on the first day when the rest of us didn’t. It might have had something to do with everyone blindly following blue Lola and the drivers of said blue Lola being somewhat distracted with the screaming baby.
After retracing our steps, we headed into the charming Mebbin National Park, which incorporates part of the Mount Warning volcano rim. After a lovely drive through the lush forest, we stopped off at the Mebbin camp area for a toilet break and to hunt some lace monitors. Luckily, for those of us using the facilities, we found the goanna ‘monitoring’ the toilet (pun intended). Unfortunately, Craig was unlucky enough to have a not so nice encounter with one of the locals, who was most definitely under the influence of some form of illicit drugs, when he just went to have a chat. In the end, no harm was done when he speedily took off after he realised we weren’t scared off by his loud music. Funnily enough, this wasn’t the most bizarre encounter for the day.
After jumping back in the cars, we made our way to Tyalgum for an early lunch, looking up at the Pinnacle from the day before. It was here that Andrew and Tanya were ‘invited in’ to the Hermes cult, which we found out after a quick google. It turns out they can make a pretty decent coin from trading their wares. We do have to say that, cult or no cult, eating the local Tyalgum pies in the park looking at Mount Warning was pretty awesome. After ensuring that everyone was back in their cars, we headed off toward the Queensland border and back to the last stop of the trip, Natural Bridge.
We were lucky enough to pick the best time to visit, where the water was flowing fast and furious but not too much so that the entire track was closed. a week or two later, and we wouldn’t have gotten to the bat cave. On the walk down, we spied a carpet snake climbing a tree, which made the descent even longer with the young kids. It was well worth it though getting to see bats and waterfalls. Unfortunately, we were the wrong time of day to be able to see the glow worms. The best part of the walk, getting to have ice creams at the end!