Port Macquarie, Anna Bay and Newcastle!
Trip Start Jan 16, 2010
56Trip End Oct 19, 2010
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At the seafront beach carpark
We arrived in Port Macquarie after taking a short ferry across the Hastings River. We drove around but there was little if no nightlife so we saw a car park along the beach with some campervans and followed suit
In the morning we woke to the crashing of waves on a beautiful sunny morning. We all ran into the sea for our daily morning shower and soon came out as it was rather chilly! We then used the public showers before saying goodbye to everyone and heading to “Ricardo’s Tomatoes” farm for some strawberry picking fun. Located in the countryside it wasn’t long before we were on site. Unfortunately due to some recent mass picking there weren’t many ripe strawberries to pick. However we made our fun playing a small game of hide and seek down the isles and tried some of the strawberries before heading back to town to visit the Koala hospital.
We had visited the Koala hospital in the morning to see if we could volunteer but they didn’t need anyone so we returned to see the guided tour. The tour was great and run by local volunteers. It gave us information on the hospital, past and present koala’s and the dangers they face. We have written a couple of the Koala’s stories beneath their photographs so if you click on them you can read them
By the time we arrived in Newcastle Liam was very hungry- which is an understatement! It was quite interesting driving into Newcastle as it is the largest export for coal in the world. There are great machines, quite alien, and ship loaders and cranes lit up magnificently all along the river and seafront. After driving around for quite a while trying to find the main street we parked up.
We headed up to the high-street and decided on a fairly cheap fast food Indian place called ‘Raj’s Corner’, which had delicious food and generous portions; $9.80 for 3 dishes and rice! We then made our way to a pub with a 90’s type ‘disco’ nightclub upstairs- remember the disco man your parents hired for your 13th birthday with the crazy coloured lights and laser-beams shooting everywhere- this was him! Quite cool and retro though. We had a drink and headed for a bed before 12 evening. Before finding a place to stop and sleep for the night we drove round the hills and got a great lit up view of Newcastle and its coast.
In the morning we planned to get down to Wollongong by the end of the day so we wanted to leave by lunchtime
The last bit of the coast before staying at Wollongong, where Anna’s cousin lives, was slightly sad. We have thoroughly enjoyed sleeping in our wonderful car, as it has been a real adventure and enjoyed the scenic drives. We can’t compare Australia to Asia as they are so completely different. We hope the next owners have as much fun with the car when we have to sell her.
We now have 6 weeks to find some cheeky work, stay with Helen and explore the Blue Mountains, South Coast and Sydney!