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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Port Macquarie February 19th 2014

Hello again. Glad to see so many of you reading our blog and commenting. Since we last left you we have continued our travels down the coast and visited another 4 seaside towns. Yamba, Coffs Harbour, Nambucca heads and Port Macquairie. Cant believe we have visited so many places in 12 days. After a shock look on a big scale map last night we realised we still have 2 thirds of the journey left! But we will be travelling greater distances down to Melbourne. Yamba was a quaint town with spectacular beaches, beautiful scenery and a small town. The beaches from the lighthouse looked superb but had to make a move to find a free rest stop towards Coff's Harbour. We did enjoy relaxing on the beach for a short while but still trying to work ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Port Macquarie February 16th 2014

We left Sydney on February 9 and spend the next weeks traveling to Brisbane. Our original plan was to drive all the way up to Cairns, but it seemed like a very long drive with similar scenery. That's why we decided to fly from Brisbane to Cairns and spend more time around Cairns and Port Douglas. Our first stop on the East Coast after Sydney was Forster, where we saw Dolphins swimming up into the bay of the Hasting River. We rented a Canu and further explored this area, however, after a couple of days we moved on to Port Macquarie, a very modern town with lots of coffee shops and restaurants. Every evening a huge swarm of Flying Foxes Bats darkened the sky for about 15 minutes. They flew to a nearby island to spend ... read more
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Hi there Pardon the intrusion but I am trying to set up and test my travel blog so I can let you know what fun I am having whilst I am away...and you are a home working! Love Susan x... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Port Macquarie January 23rd 2013

Hey Blog Friends, Yet another two days have passed since my last entry. It sure hasn't felt like that for me. Yesterday was action packed, I can't believe we smushed so much activity into one day! I don't think I was ready for the day, by the end I was extremely exhausted and border-line delirious; it sure was fun! In the morning we went to a waterslide just a short drive away. The waterslide was a massive blow-up structure wetted by hoses. After the waterslide, Tom's parents took us to Lighthouse Beach in Port Mac. The swell was huge but unorganized. Although it was cloudy the ocean was a great temperature for swimming. Just after swimming I was tired but before dinner we managed to play 9 holes of golf at Port Macquarie Golf Club. The ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Port Macquarie January 21st 2013

Hello World, I can't believe it's been 2 days since I last posted. I've done so much in just 48 hours. I'll start with yesterday, I got to try an authentic Aussie pie! Tom's grandparents were nice enough to take us on a little tour of Port Macquarie showing us the beaches of the town before taking us to "The Addicting Pie." I had a steak pie, it was very delicious. The only way to describe it is great pastry filled with gravy and steak bits. The rest of the day was very relaxing although it was rainy. This morning I woke up early and Tom's parents took a few of us to see a local strawberry/ tomato farm where you can pick your own strawberries. Sadly, there were very few berries left but they had ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Port Macquarie January 19th 2013

Hello All, Sorry for not posting anything yesterday or this morning, I did not have internet access. I have had a grand time these past two days and I'm sure it will only get better. Sydney had its hottest day ever yesterday at 46 degrees celsius. It was so hot but luckily we spent the hottest part of the day swimming at Bondi Beach. In the morning we explored the Rocks in Sydney (the oldest settlement in Australia). The architecture is very different. For lunch we ate at a little bistro overlooking the Sydney Opera House and Circular Key. The view is fantastic. After lunch my host family took me to Bondi Beach. The beach is amazing; the white sands and turquoise water are magnificent. There sure were a lot of people though. The ocean was ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Port Macquarie December 24th 2012

Hello again everyone and Merry Christmas! I've just read back through this essay below and it's a wee bit long so feel free to read it in shifts! I originally thought I wouldn't have that much to say on this blog so doing it every few weeks would suffice, but the last couple of times I've written it I seem to have wittered on for a long time. Maybe in future I'll do it more often but it's tricky finding the time with so much going on. I'm in Port Macquarie on the northern New South Wales coast staying with friends for the Christmas season. A couple of nights ago we went to a carol concert and mini-fair organized by one of the local churches. It was fun and the kids loved it all, but I ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Port Macquarie November 29th 2012

Wow! Can't believe we've been gone for less than 2 weeks - it feels like at least a month. We've been so busy moving around and taking part in various activities. The flight experience started well with my brother Paul getting Mum and I into the BA Lounge at Heathrow - free food and drink and a quiet place to relax before the flight - thanks Paul. The journey itself was fairly arduous so it was nice to have the break overnight in Singapore. We did a 4 hour city tour while we were there which took in the Botanical Gardens, a Chinese Temple, the Merlion, a tour of a handicrafts factory and a visit to Little India. Arriving in Sydney we found the shuttle bus to the Holiday Inn which was in a fabulous location ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Port Macquarie November 23rd 2012

Spent the night in the New England National Park and along with our next door neighbour we spent a pleasant evening around another couples camp fire swapping stories. Before that Pete and I had gone for a short walk and were amazed to see plenty of kangaroos hopping through the bush, some at an amazing pace, as though they were on something. (Probably burning up energy so that they could sleep through the night). Went on a great walk down into a gorge, followed by a huge hike to get out of it! We are gluttons for punishment because after lunch we moved to the adjacent national park of Cathedral Rock and did another long hike there. This, however, was very challenging with the last part requiring chains anchored into the rock to be used to ... read more
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Dangar Falls, Dorrigo

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Port Macquarie October 20th 2012

We arrived in the early afternoon into Port Macquarie on the Greyhound from Newcastle, it'd been an early start in order to catch a bus from the Hunter Valley to Newcastle. We were met by someone from the hostel we were staying at. The hostel wasn't necessarily the nicest we stayed in, there weren't enough pans in the kitchen for example, but it was one of the best run places, and we had a private double room instead of dorm beds. While we were checking in, we were given a handy introduction to the town and where was nice to go. We'd read in the Lonely Planet that there was a koala hospital in port macquarie and the little introduction confirmed that it was free to visit at any time. As time was getting on we ... read more
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