FUN IN THE RAIN

On October 14th, twenty seven members and friends of the Probus Club of Port Stephens departed Nelson Bay for a 6 day adventure to Yamba.  After settling in at the Aston Motel, they enjoyed dinner at the local Bowling Club and met 2 couples from other Probus Clubs who joined them for the four days of touring the district.

On Monday, a local tour of Yamba’s beaches and township was on the agenda, and included a visit to Yamba Museum, a drive through the sugar cane fields to the Emu and Ostrich Farm at Tullymorgan, where all enjoyed an entertaining talk and bbq lunch, returning to Yamba via Harwood Island.

Tuesday was another full day of touring to Woodford Island and the river town of Lawrence, boarding the car ferry before a visit to the 2NR Radio Museum, packed with timeless artefacts. A demonstration by a blacksmith was followed by a delicious lunch at the Lawrence Tavern.

The next morning the coach took the group to Angourie for a walk to the beautiful fresh water Blue and Green Pools carved out of solid rock in the backdrop of the Yuraygir National Park then onto the Scottish town of Maclean for a tour and morning tea at Botero Coffee.  After lunch, members boarded the MV Mirigini for a 2 hour relaxing cruise of the mighty Clarence River, stopping at Iluka, before arriving back in Yamba.

The last day of this very busy but wet jaunt, they travelled to the “Jacaranda City” city of Grafton. A highlight was a stop at the Olive Farm on Carrs Peninsula, where they were entertained by a Bush Poet (Bill Kearns) who had everyone in stitches with his rendition of the senior citizens visiting the Parkes Elvis Festival!  After another short stop at Alumy Creek School, they returned to Grafton for a scrumptious lunch of prawns and chicken, before returning to Yamba for farewell dinner by the river.

Home on Friday by train and coach after a few very enjoyable days where closer and new friendships were formed with laughter and joke telling in their spare time.

At no time did the inclement weather interfere with their enjoyment of this holiday, which epitomised the Probus motto of Friendship, Fellowship and Fun …..