We love it here!
13.01.2010 35 °C
Picking up from where we left off … we decided to do a 3km creek walk whilst we were in Port Macquarie. Apart from the many mosquitoes that tried to feast on us it was lovely. A short while after setting off we found 3 koalas sleeping up in the trees, they were sooooo cute! We also saw a kangaroo bouncing around in the bush and a couple of big water dragons basking in the sun. After our walk we visited the Koala hospital. They do great work there, helping koalas recover after being hit by cars when crossing the road, helping them heal when burnt in bush fires or giving them antibiotics to cure their Chlamydia. They had quite a few koalas in their enclosures, luckily most are well on the way to recovery and the intention is always to release them where possible.
We continued our journey up the East Coast, stopped at a beach close to Coffs Harbour for lunch as we watched the surfers and kite surfers and enjoyed the sunshine. There are lots of tourist routes along the Pacific Highway that are a little more scenic so we followed a few of those along the way, stopping for a photo opp at a gorgeous place called Crescent Head.
We eventually arrived at Byron Bay around 6pm, most of the accommodation was full or very expensive. In the end we stayed at Glen Villa which is a kind of posh camp site with self catering cabins, plots for caravans or tents and permanent tents. The owner ended up upgrading us to a spa cabin which was lovely. The next morning we headed up to the lighthouse and the most easterly point of Australia. The weather was gorgeous, blue skies and sunshine and as we walked along the cliff edge we saw 3 pods of dolphins, one of them with at least 20 dolphins in it, so we watched them for ages before we also spotted a number of rays and a huge turtle! We then headed into town, had a wander round the shops and then the beach for a few hours before hitting the road again for the final leg to Brisbane. We decided to take the scenic route again so that we got to see the sights such as Surfer’s Paradise and arrived at Marc and Jayne’s in the early evening.
So, that’s where we are now, catching up on all our emails and deciding what we want to do in this part of the country.
Hopefully all you guys in the UK are surviving the snow and cold temperatures, here they seem to be worrying about the possibility of bush fires as the temperatures are creeping up and up. And for all our NZ friends and family, we will be in the air this time next week so get ready, here we come!