Blogs from Nelson Bay, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Nelson Bay November 7th 2019

Day 4. Was another day of 2 halves totalling 84 kms over 8.5 hrs & 700+ mtrs of ascent. The main morning ride was to Newcastle followed by an afternoon ride to Nelson Bay. After rain on day 2, hills on day 3 today was the trifecta of riders pet hates, ie hot head or side winds in excess of 40 kph. Regardless the morning route was a spectacular change from the mostly coastal scenery to date. The day started with a short Hwy ride out of Swansea alongside Lake Macquarie before branching off along the Fernleigh Track. This former rail line used to carry coal to the Newcastle port but has now been renovated into a 15 km rail trail. The trail was a beautiful corridor of trees along a smooth surface & a slight ... read more
rail trail view
rail trail tunnel entrance

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Nelson Bay April 21st 2018

t is a long time since we posted a blog. We have mostly been at home due to family and medical issues, but have taken a three week break top visit family in NSW and then wander home to Brisbane along the mid north coast. We stayed for a week at Birubi Bach, Anna Bay initially. This is a very popular destination with surfing, swimming, sand tobogganing and camel rides through the dunes. As it happened, we had a short but quite severe storm after sunset that partially destroyed our wind out awning having torn the vinyl roof. A mere 5 minutes of destruction that damaged our van, the one parked adjacent to us (more severely than ours) and ripped a large oak tree at the entrance to the caravan park in half blocking the road. ... read more
13 ANZAC Memorial Walk
03 Birubi Beach
01 Birubi Beach

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Nelson Bay January 10th 2018

Our return to Bangkok from Krabi was uneventful, but the sun shone and was perhaps the only clear day we had had in South East Asia since our visit to The Bridge on the Kwai. We flew Qantas to Sydney on an A340. At Bangkok airport as ‘One World’ passengers one can make use of any of their lounges. Qantas’s, We were told, was rather like BA at Heathrow T5 so opted for Cathay Which was excellent. Qantas looked after us well in flight and the food was excellent. I did not sleep a wink as uncomfortable in the layout and seat design. Basically to lie down you feel as if you are entering an MRI scanner and every time you turn over you need to extract yourself. I gave up but Frin slept well and ... read more
On way to Doyles
Looks familiar
Culture tour break

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Nelson Bay December 5th 2016

Geo: -32.7171, 152.155Australians are a friendly informal bunch of people and none more so than Helen's friends, who arrived in boats, planes, vans and cars on Friday and Saturday. We went up to her place on her birthday which was on Friday Dec 2nd and had champagne and present opening in the morning and then down to the Rock Lobster for lunch for 12 of us. Lovely to meet old friends and new. More people arrived on Saturday which was the day of the party and the whole road was lined up with their vans and cars. The party in the evening was freaky dress so Helen had the apartment appropriately decked out with freaky stuff and there were some amazing costumes, disco, loads of beer and wine and not too much food! I think we ... read more
Birthday lunch
More seafood
Stefan, Helen, Tiz and Trish

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Nelson Bay November 28th 2016

Geo: -32.7171, 152.155We reached Nelson Bay by taking a flight from Melbourne to Newcastle and then hiring a car. Helen met us at the airport- fantastic to see her again. She knew the way so no maps needed. Our spacious apartment has 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a pool and BBQ deck surrounded by palms. We had booked it by Air BnB. in particular because it is only 10 to 15 minutes walk from Helen's house to which we then went. Finally we met Metta the dog in the flesh. She really is beautiful. Helen's house is really attractive and although she has plans for future improvements, it is lovely as it is. We finally unwound and had drinks and snacks on her patio. I went with her to Bingall Beach, which is dog friendly and ... read more
Main lounge of apartment
Pool and BBQ area
small lounge and kitchen

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Nelson Bay April 14th 2012

Swimming with the dolphins, Christine's 16th birthday.... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Nelson Bay February 25th 2012

Heute haben wir einen von der Uni organisierten Trip nach Nelson Bay gemacht um dort Delphine zu beobachten und das schöne Örtchen Nelson Bay mit den umliegenden Stränden zu erkunden. Alleine die Busfahrt dort hin durch die australische Landschaft war wieder ein Traum - als Europäerin werd ich mich an solche Ausblicke wohl so schnell nicht gewöhnen können. Anders als beispielsweise in Griechenland sieht man hier an den Straßen kaum heruntergekommene Slums oder vertrocknete Landstreifen. Alles sieht bewohnt, oder zumindest bewohnbar aus und die Wiesen sind zwar streckenweise nicht ganz so saftig wie nahe der Küste, aber immerhin grün und lebhaft. Außerdem ist mir aufgefallen, dass die Straßen (und Strände - was mich noch mehr wundert) sehr sauber sind und wirklich durchwegs gut asphaltiert, ohne Risse oder Schlaglöcher und dergleichen. Ich hab den Tag wieder mit ... read more
Nelson Bay 1
Nelson Bay 5
Delphine 5

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Nelson Bay March 14th 2011

We packed up again and hit the road this morning. We made it to Port Macquirie for lunch time. It’s a beautiful spot right on the ocean. We stopped for some photos and then found the perfect lunch spot. On our way out of town we spotted another lighthouse so we went to check it out. Nice spot. We continued on our way when we hit another town and saw some huge Pelicans. They were massive! Had a little driving break there to watch the birds and then continued on. We had to stop for a bathroom break and we found a gas station with what appeared to be a replica of Ayers rock (Ulurulu) on top of it so of course we had to take some pictures. We decided that we would get to Nelson ... read more
famous pie place
another Marilyn

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Nelson Bay October 29th 2008

Hello! Here we are in Shellharbour and only a couple of weeks from home. Since our last report we have stayed at Port Macquarie, Nelson Bay and now Shellharbour. We plan to do Batemans Bay, Merimbula and Lakes Entrance to end the trip. Grafton I did promise a report. Somewhat underwhelmed. Grafton is a typical regional town with extensive shopping and commercial facilities. Essentially a residential area and catering to the surrounding areas for major shopping, cars, vans, computers, etc. It is close to the highway so suited to lunch stop or morning/afternoon tea if you have them. We tend to do our trips in one hit. PORT MACQUARIE We really liked our stay at Port Macquarie. The Breakwall Tourist Park was very big and very well maintained. There were many walking options and the views ... read more
Birubi Beach
South West Rocks

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Nelson Bay April 26th 2008

Hi guys! April 25th was a national holiday here in Australia called Anzac Day, which is a memorial day celebrating the ANZAC's (Australian New Zealand Army Corps) who fought in Gallipoli. It's a very important day in Australian history, and its also the day when everyone goes to the bar or the RSL (Retired Serviceman’s League) to play a game called Two-Up. We're not sure of all of the history, but basically two-up is game of gambling on a coin toss which is legal only on Anzac day. What it entails is one person tossing 3 coins in the air and letting them land within a circle on the floor. Before the coins are tossed, the crowd makes bets amongst themselves by yelling "I have $10 on tails" and someone near by saying "I'll take the ... read more
Driver Reviver
Massive Fish and Chips
Tomaree Head

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