A great B&B and fine weather for wandering and exploring.
06.11.2013 - 09.11.2013 19 °C
We picked up the local train in Newcastle and chummed up with Helen in Broadmeadow as we waited for our connection to Coffs Harbour. The economy seats are fine and so much quieter than the sleeper cars.
The countryside changes all the time. We have gone through some very dry area, cattle stations abound and for the last hour or so lots of smoke. We are not,sure where it is coming from. The landscape is green again with lots of bush. We should arrive in about an hour and are to be picked up by our B&B hosts, Geoff and Sue. We saw Wallabies, I guess it is like seeing deer around where we live.
We are a little late arriving to Coffs Harbour but Geoff is waiting. We could have walked, but they like to make people welcome. The B&B is very close to the harbour. We have the garden room which has a bathtub and a little kitchen area. Yipeeeeee! We make a shopping trip to the IGA and enjoy a lasagna and salad. We head out to Muttonbird Island making our way to the top as the sun is setting. The mutton bird or shearwater nest here. We chat with a couple of people while we,wait for it to get dark so Roger can star gaze and then we begin to hear the cooing of the shearwater as they come back to nest.
Day two is sunny and warm and we enjoy our breakfast oh the deck. There are two other couple here, Steve and Miga, honeymooning from England and the other couple are just driving up the coast. Geoff and Sue are very gracious and we are soon on our way. Today we rent kayaks and head up the river. It is a restful paddle on a tidal river. A couple kayaking the other way call they saw a croc... they made me look before I realized they were kidding. After returning the kayak we do the riverwalk... There are some geocaches along the way and well as a botanical garden, and a pair sea eagles on their nest. To day is running by fast so we pick up a steak to BBQ on our hosts deck. We somehow missed part of the trail and ended up along a road, but soon found another way back to the river.
Day three is hotter and the other couples have gone. With us now is Debbie and Pete from Mullumbimby celebrating 25 years of marriage. Today we explore the coast to the south, the jetty, and the pier before going to the far side of Mutton Bird Island to have our lunch. We see seals, but there are too many white caps to spot whales. We then head north up the coast walk. The wind is fierce, whipping the sand against our skin. We land a few more geocaches and end up on Diggers Viewpoint an excellent grassy knowledge out of the wind to enjoy the vista. The wind has calmed when we make our way back. It is late again when we get back so we just pick up a BBQ chicken.
The last day we pack our stuff and leave it at our hosts. This is the first day of sketchy weather, but it clears and and we manage to visit the local Sunday Market, we would have hung around longer but the duo singing are not all that good, so we head out to the Island to eat our lunch again before going to the beach to watch the surfers play in the surf. We head up to Beacon Hill Park for a beautiful sunny view of the coastline and a geocache. When we go back to the B&B for our stuff we are treated to a cup of tea and cookies. Then Geoff drops us at the train and we are on our next segment. Train to Casino and Coach to tweeds Head where Maria and Jim will pick us up. There is lots of rain on the train trip up, but clear when we got to Coolangatta.
Over the last while we have been watching some more Aussie movies. We have seen Castle, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and Proof with a very young Russell Crowe and Hugo Weaving.