The other day while travelling between Sydney and Brisbane, The Pillion and I decided to take a detour off the Pacific Highway for a rest break.
The Pacific is the main highway between the two cites, and has improved much in the 30 or so years since we first traveled it.
Back then it was a one lane affair for most of the way and meandered its way along the coastal route to Brisbane through many small townships and villages.
Now it’s mostly a 2 lane freeway that bypasses these towns and although time-saving, is as boring as watching grass grow to drive on.
Our rest break was at Evans Head. We’d stopped here before, but had never been up to Razorback Lookout.
I’d like to share some photos of that place with you in this post.
The lookout lays (lies?) at the mouth of the Evans River which starts at Rocky Mouth Creek, Woodburn, about 10km (6 miles) to the west, and offers spectacular views north and south along the NSW coast.
Even though the town has a steady population of around 3100, at peak tourist times it can grow to a whopping 12000.
Fortunately, the beaches are long (about 6km, 4 miles) and there is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. So it’s not hard to get away from the holiday crowd.
There has been much wreckage washed up along the shores of Evans Head over the centuries, one piece in particular is the anchor in the picture above.
The Anchor is believed to be from the schooner Jessie Matilda that was caught in a gale, driven ashore and wrecked on July 18, 1889.
It sits quietly in the Razorback rest area, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A memorial to those who sailed the trade route between Sydney and Brisbane all those years ago.
There is much history in this little township. Sadly, time was not on our side this visit, we still had another 290km (180 miles) to go before we were home.
We were on a dead line and chasing a removalist truck.
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