28, 29 September, 2015
One of the benefits of heading south for this holiday, was that we could visit the Ultimate Camper Trailers factory, and have a couple of small things seen to on the Xterra. From Pretty Beach, we only had a short drive down to the Moruya based factory, and arrived fairly early. The Ultimate team swung into action while we were able to do a quick tour through the factory. I’d previously done a tour when I picked up the Xterra, however Rach and the kids weren’t there at the time, so it was great for them to see how the camper was made. Lucas particularly enjoyed learning about the process.
We also learned that they have changed the name of the Xterra to the Xterran. It seems a potential naming rights infringement has forced the name change, so our Xterra is destined to be pretty unique, with only about 15 ever made.
We decided to stay in Moruya for a couple of days, so headed out to the Moruya Heads Big 4 for a couple of nights. Surprisingly, the park was relatively empty and we could pretty much choose whatever site we wanted. I fiddled around and set up the camper for a while, and Rach took the kids over to the pool to have a bit of a paddle. It was nice to have a bit of a mild change in the weather, and enjoyed a bit of space and time outdoors. The Weber BBQ came out and some pizza was made for dinner which went down very nicely!
The following morning was spent looking around Moruya, picking up some groceries and topping the car up with fuel. We headed back for lunch and then went across to the beach for a while in the afternoon, and then had a spa back at the park inside an igloo shaped structure. Yeah, it was a bit weird, but warm and relaxing all at the same time. A special treat tonight was having dinner at a Nepalese restaurant in town. However our collective excitement about some good curries was dampened with the quality of the food. It really wasn’t that great. The kids however enjoyed it, which is the main thing I guess…
A cool change came through as we got back to camp and I took off the rear awning as we got back, to try and avoid the wind damaging any of the poly joiners that are used to keep the poles in place. The theory of this was good, however the execution left something to be desired, and I broke them all anyway by letting go of it in the wind. Oh well, you live and learn!
A quick pack up the next morning (oh yeah, aren’t we enjoying those!) and we were on our way. The plan was to follow the Deua River inland, and find somewhere nice to camp for the next night or three…
Nights here: 2
Total nights: 17
Trip distance: 80km
Total distance: 2017km