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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Coffs Harbour August 9th 2019

Bernie was back at Beaurepaires just after 8.00am this morning to have the repaired tyre re-fitted. He thought that if he was there they would be sure to do the Golf’s tyre ‘first thing’. Good to their word the tyre was already repaired when he arrived so the dinky space-saver tyre was taken off and the repaired tyre was re-fitted ready for a big day of sightseeing. Our first stop was at the BIG Banana - not to visit any of the theme-park amusements, just to photograph ourselves at another big thing! With our BIG Banana shots secured we found our way to Tourist Route 18 to make our way down the coast on the roads less travelled rather than motoring down the Pacific Highway. Our first stop was at Boambee Head. The view from the ... read more
Where Boambee Creek meets the sea
Boambee Beach
Towards Bongil Beach

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Coffs Harbour August 8th 2019

This morning we set off from Armidale to drive along the Waterfall Way to the coast. We hadn’t even reached the outskirts of Armidale when the Golf’s tyre pressure warning system alerted us to a change in tyre pressure in the passenger side rear wheel. To be on the safe side we headed back into town to check the tyres. Hmmn, sure enough, the tyre did need some air. With the tyre situation addressed, our first stop was at the Baker’s Creek Falls. There was a little bit of water in Baker’s Creek, but not enough to flow over the falls. Ah well, a short stop was all that was needed because there was no need for Bernie to set up the tripod to take arty photos of the waterfall. A little bit further along Waterfall ... read more
Baker’s Creek
Wollomombi Gorge
Wollomombi Gorge

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Coffs Harbour August 9th 2016

Geo: -30.2823, 153.129I was up early to catch the Metro Link to the airport to pick up the mini bus and return to the hotel to pick everyone up and, thank goodness for sat nav even if the map was out of date. Once everyone and our luggage was on board we prepared to set off, both Michelle and I both wanted to do the iconic drive across Sydney Harbour Bridge in the end I gave in Michelle drove. As we approached the bridge it was chaos and try as we might we couldn't get in the right lane for the bridge and ended up having to use the tunnel instead! On route to Coffs harbour we stopped for lunch at Shelly Beach Port Macquarie which was supposed to have a number of wood carvings but ... read more
Playtime for the kids
Playtime for the kids
Views of Shelly Beach

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Coffs Harbour March 10th 2016

We have been able to get away from Sydney on a side trip to Coffs Harbour and then, more recently to Melbourne, Seymour and Albury. Here are a few pics from our trips.... read more
Al fresco
Drive to Dorrigo
Dorrigo pub

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Coffs Harbour February 7th 2016

Woke up to blue skies and 25 c heat at 8am!decided to go to the beach for an hour before setting off on our drive to Coffs Harbour! Flynns beach was beautiful and had a cafe beside it for coffee! Was happy as got to catch some rays before setting off on our drive to Coffs Harbour which wasn't very exciting! Stayed at the Coffs coast holiday parks which was right beside the beach!sunbathed for a while at the beach and watched the surfers! Then went to a walk along the harbour and then walked to mutton island were we saw a snake in the grass-made us move a lot quicker-basically ran back to the harbour!had a drink at the yacht club to calm our nerves then showered and went for dinner at the empire bar!such ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Coffs Harbour January 31st 2016

We had mixed weather over the last few days of our stay, one moment blue sky and incredibly hot, and then an amazing thunderstorm and lightening shows and still hot, then sunny skies again. But it really is great weather for me as I love the heat and the smell of the rain on the baked earth. On Wednesday as we thought the weather was not going to be too good we decided on a trip to the Dorrigo Rainforest centre and went out on the walk above the trees, well some of us did. I managed to go out and have a quick look around and turned back to the safety of the centre. The boys all went out and it really was an amazing view and really up above all the trees, quite amazing ... read more
Finally the sunshine is back
Beautiful beaches
Morning walk

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Coffs Harbour January 26th 2016

Wonder where my habit of getting up early on holidays has gone?? Used to always be the first one up and off for a walk in the peaceful time of the day. Not anymore, Ben beats ,me up every day and has had a swim and breakfast before I even wake up! Anyway on Saturday (23rd Jan) this was no different, Ben up and organised and we only just wake up after his 3rd bowl of cereal! We dragged ourselves out of bed, that includes Hayden who has never been an early bird. We hopped on the bikes and headed off to the One Mile Beach, having coffees at the beach café which I would love to have! The beach was absolutely packed with people trying to swim between the flags, which was good because the ... read more
Alpaca babies finally!!
Novotel
View from our room

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Coffs Harbour December 25th 2015

Tuesday 22 December continued Pat decided to have some retail therapy and went off to the shopping centre on her own at 4.30 pm. I had some quiet time. It rained. Pat came back with a few purchases about 6.15 pm. We had booked a table for 7.30 pm at Macauleys just up the road. It was still raining. Pat had atlantic salmon and lemon tart citron, I had chicken satay stir fry (hot) and a deep fried ice cream covered in macadamia nut. Lovely and we were both stuffed. Back to the room in the rain. Wednesday 23 December Still raining. We woke and slowly stirred about 8.30 am. We had thought to go out for a drive today, but because of the rain we changed plans. Instead we would stay local and visit shopping ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Coffs Harbour December 22nd 2015

Monday 21 December A good nights sleep. Objective today, pick up hire car and drive to Coffs Harbour, approx distance 400 kilometres. We awoke and stirred at 7.30 am. Check out was 10.00 am and our car pick up was 10.00 am. So we showered and packed, left the room at 9.30 am. The rental was a short walk and with the great pavements here, our wheeled luggage was easy to walk through the streets. The office at the rental place was manned by one person, who was answering a constantly ringing phone and dealing with several people. Our turn came and our booking was there, so it was simply a case of filling in the paperwork. Out the door and down the ramp to the cars. Our car is Toyota corolla saloon automatic. We stuck ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Coffs Harbour November 25th 2015

We have stopped at Coffs Harbour a few times over the past 5 years as it is a handy half way between Brisbane and Newcastle where our some of our family live. But we had never heard of the Clog Barn, but Marg had spotted a special deal for powered sites on the TravelAuctions web site. The park is located on the main road through Coffs Harbour (Pacific Highway) and we wondered if it would be noisy. We arrived and the Park Manager showed us our site with a bush clad stream running immediately behind the site. David and Mary arrived a little after us and found that the site they were allocated was occupied. Never mind, they had the choice of three others and also enjoyed the quietness of the camp. An added bonus was ... read more
Botanical Gardens Coffs Harbour
Azure Kingfishers
Azure Kingfisher




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