We had even had the car cleaned! We bought it privately and there was a slight smell of spilled milk, so we decided to have it professionally cleaned inside. However, as it rained heavily on Friday, the day we had the car cleaned, the mats were therefore unable to dry properly, so the car had a distinct odour of wet dog...
We drove just over 100 miles (162km) north east to the seventh largest city in Australia: Newcastle.
We did drive through The Entrance though.
I hadn't realized there was an actual place called, 'The Entrance' and asked T where The Entrance was.
"Here. We are driving along The Entrance's main street"
The town is located where Tuggerah Lake meets the Pacific Ocean and is therefore the entrance to Tuggerah Lake.
But then we also reasoned that not everywhere does city centres and high streets like the Europeans do.
After a brief walk ups and down the street, we stumbled on an fantastic cafe for coffee and lunch (and taking note to sprinkle poached eggs liberally with dried chilli flakes,,,). Energized by caffeine and food, we took a stroll in-between the rain showers along to the sea.
The place was so quiet - no wonder parking was free on a Saturday afternoon!
But where was everyone?!
On one side of the headland, the dark clouds were threatening to empty their wet load with a vengance...
We didn't reach the lighthouse due to the waves crashing against the breakwater which connected the lighthouse to the mainland, soaking anyone who was stood on the rocks. It would have been a very long and wet journey home.
No one seems to know where the name Nobbys Head, given to the small rocky island which houses the lighthouse, came from;some believe it was the name of a convict who decided to settle on the island; others that it's origins are descriptive: from 'a knob of rock.'
Thankfully, a lot has changed since then...
After walking along the coastline a little way, we got tired of walking against the strong winds and walked back through the - quiet - town to the car. Driving through the outskirts, we did notice there were a few events on, such as a Jazz festival and big footy game - so maybe that was where everyone was.
Opting for the more direct - and in a way, even more scenic - highway route back to Sydney, we noted down some scenic towns to research for another day, another road trip.