The Uki stop
11 July 14
Our last parking spot has been at a road-side park outside Uki. It’s one of the closest free-camps to the Gold Coast, but only for the self-contained. If you’re needing amenities, you’re better off staying at the roadside park north of Murwillumbah.
This isn’t an official parking area, much less an official camping spot. Because of that, I usually only like to spend one night here — even two nights feels like I’m stretching the friendship with the locals upon whose goodwill I’m depending. We’re careful to leave the park tidy, even collecting other errant rubbish that may be laying around.
There’s a picnic table that’s quite popular during the day, and a few charred circles show that visitors have lit fires while camping here. A rooster is strutting around on the grass, and although it’s very close to the Kyogle Road, it’s still a lovely location.
So many of these unofficial camping/parking spots are being closed off to travellers. Every time I drive through Uki, I check that this one is still available to us. I hope it endures!