Blogs from Forster, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Forster May 31st 2014

We've come a fair way we think.....but then again it's all relative isn't it. Long time since our last blog and places and faces and whatever happened along the way have become a bit muddled it is - to give a bit of an idea where we have been in the last couple of months. Right now though we are camping at Seal Rocks. End of may and the ocean is 23 degrees, the sun is shining hot and it's just great, just super great to revel in the ocean and to be here. We have been travelling around this part of the coast for a few weeks, visiting friends along the way and looking at possible new homes, places which warm the heart, the body and soul. So we shall see what the future ... read more
Autumn in Bellingen
Central coast
Chillies galore

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Forster May 10th 2012

On se réveille à Forster, au bord du lac Wallis, c’est vraiment très sympa pour démarrer la journée. On commence d’ailleurs par le lookout de Cape Hawke, pas mal du tout avec vue sur la mer (de Tasmanie) et le lac. Cette marche est trop courte, nous sommes sur notre faim, du coup on part faire un footing le long de la côte. Il fait super beau, super chaud, c’est bien chouette et bien sportif !! Après tant d’effort, on a bien mérité un bain dans les « ocean bath » !! Ca doit être au moins le 5ème que l’on voit mais à chaque fois il faisait trop froid pour en profiter. Eh bien maintenant c’est chose faite !! Ces bassins remplis d’eau de mer, entre la plage et les rochers, sont parfaits pour profiter ... read more
En haut de la plateforme du Cape Hawke
Vue depuis la plateforme

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Forster April 16th 2012

RAIN GALORE!! When we arrived in the seaside town of Forster, via a nice drive through Booti Booti National Park, we checked the weather forecast and learnt that there was going to be heavy rain for a whole week. Nice! We decided to check in at the local caravan park for a bit of shelter and the use of hot showers for the next three days.It was so great to be able to put up our tarpaulin and step outside the van without getting drenched right away. The volume of the rain really was incredible. I wouldn’t have thought it physically possible to rain non-stop for so long. Even the 100m walk from our campsite to the bathroom was a bit of a mission at times. So whenever the downpour changed to a drizzle for 10 ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Forster August 3rd 2011

Hi everyone, yes we are on the move again. We left home at 2.20pm Sunday 31st July, after watching Corey play hockey. We were a bit sad having to leave our little Knox, Jasper and Goldie behind. We always miss everyone when we are away. We did not travel far; just up the road north 2 hours to Tuncurry / Forster. For my International bloggers; this area is on the north coast where the 2 towns are separated by a long bridge. It’s main industries is fishing and oyster cultivation. It is a very well known and popular tourist destination. The scenery is spectacular. We have spent 3 relaxing days in a caravan park on the beach. Once again Rodger has been fishing and had to throw his tiddlers back. Yesterday we spent time with my ... read more
Knox in my knits again
Our grandkids
Corey and his children

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Forster April 30th 2010

It seems I'm well on my way now ! I've spent the last few days tearing down the coast of New South Wales. I'm doing about 90km a day on average, which, depending on the hills and road surface equates to about 5 hours on the saddle each day. I'm very pleased with my progress. I even took a day off in Port Macquarie and sat on the beach reading :) The coast is really nice to ride along, with the ocean view to my left most of the time, although there are the occasional sections where there is no alternative to the Pacific Highway. On those stretches, the hard shoulder doesn't really give me anywhere to hide from the two lanes of roaring traffic and from the gusts of wind from the passing lorries... But ... read more
Water skiing in Grafton
The sunset in Port Macquarie
My own private beach

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Forster March 29th 2010

Left Stockton and Newcastle heading North, towards Port Macquerie, at least I thought we were heading North but in fact I took us back to Nobby’s Head in Newcastle, I did tell Shenton my map reading skills left a lot to be desired. Anyway after the short detour we were on the road again. WE took the main highway until we saw a place called Tea Gardens. We thought this sounded like a good place to stop for lunch. Had some Barramundi by the river and the locals advised us to take the scenic route through the national park rather than taking the highway as this was much more picturesque. After driving over the whistling bridge (so called because of the noise it makes when the wind blows) we were pretty soon into the national park. ... read more
Car Ferry
Mrs Smith at smiths lake
Mr Smith at smiths lake

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Forster February 20th 2009

Having spent a night in Forster and passing through myall lakes we made what was scheduled to be a sightseeing stop at Seal Rocks (didnt see any seals!) - and decided to stay for the weekend as its a lovely secluded tranquil beach. Having not planned on stopping the night let alone the weekend we had few supplies left so enquired as to the location of the nearest shop - that would be the general store just down the road (15km away) - that shop was actually a garage with a few bits that would suffice for the weekend...The next one was another 35km away. We had a gorgeous weekend thanks to the beautiful location and nicer weather and spent it walking and relaxing on and around the beach. Thats to say mostly good weather! There ... read more
Just your average friendly campsite monitor lizard

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Forster December 24th 2008

Surf Camp. Hey all! Sooooooo sorry that it has been so long since I last updated my blog, but because of the activities I have been participating in, I have had no access to the internet, phone or even cell reception. For the past 3 weeks I have been working as a "helper" at 'Waves' Surf Camp. It sounds more like "helpa" when the the aussie surf instructors are beckening for us with their loud whiny voices. The camp is located near Seal Rocks - between Sydney & Byron Bay - a beautiful beautiful location with a string of about 10 uncrowded, perfect beaches to surf at. The actual camp is in the middle of nowhere... literally. lol. It consisted of the owner's house, the Cabana/bar (where all the drinking & partying went down), the Billibong ... read more
Staff Jam Session
Me sand surfing...
Seal Rocks

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Forster November 21st 2008

We have decided to spend one more night here, and plan a visit to the nearby town of Anna Bay. It is about a half hour drive and the beach is easy to find. The beach is stunning with fine sand and huge surf. Four wheel drive vehicles drive along the beach from time to time and a few brave souls are trying to surf. As we wade into the waves, the water temperature isn't what you would call warm, but it is not as cold as I expected either. Perhaps further up the coast we may be swimming. The real attraction here are the huge sand dunes that stretch 35 km from Anna Bay down the coast. After a taste of the beach, we head up to the dunes. The scene is like something from ... read more
The dunes
Testing the water
Off we go inland

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Forster November 15th 2008

we drove 700km from port macquarie to bathurst and all of us felt sick over the mountains on the oxley highway to tamworth. tamworth has a very pretty main street. just what jock had in mind for numurkah all those years ago i am sure. simon did some work at bathurst base hospital for 10 days. claudia and simon particularly had a great time at the fossil and rock exhibition in the old school building. a guy called warren somerville has put his lifetime collection of rare rocks and minterals and a caste of tyranosaurus rex into a neat exhibition. the man himself was there and i had a chance to talk to him about dirt. claudia lorenzo and gina made some friends and went to a farm and oberon dam. nonna came up for a ... read more
budding paleantologist
nonna and littles
awww baby cheetah

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