From Coromandel, we decided to continue with circumnavigating the Coromandel Peninsula as much as possible – there’s actually only one route that will take a caravan so it was a planning job soon done. There’s no link road across the northern most point of the peninsula, so backtracking is required to reach the north from both the western and the eastern sides.
We didn’t visit the Historic Gold Town in Coromandel to our disappointment; it’s only open a few days each week and didn’t coincide with our timing. Neither did we go to the Coromandel Museum which was an oversight as people told us that along with the rock collection in the Thames School of Mines, the Coromandel Museum houses another fabulous collection.
We took ourselves off to Port Jackson and the Fletcher Bay Recreation Reserve on one of our days staying at Fantail Camp. I totally forgot the camera, good skills! Port Jackson had a long, long motorcamp with good facilities and a beach that’s easy to walk on, and at Fletcher Bay we could see Great Barrier Island, clear as day! All around us was farmland, with bush on the tops of the hills. There was a campervan at Fletcher Bay, but it seemed no one was home; we figured they might be on the walkway to Stony Bay and Port Charles. This track is the only land link between Port Jackson and Port Charles – the road doesn’t go through. We walked onto the beach at Fletcher Bay and climbed over some rocks onto another beach at the western end which was fun, but the tide was in and we couldn’t get any further around. The cliffs and rock formations were fantastic; I was disappointed at forgetting the camera.