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Where we got off the coach it is New South Wales and just after nine. We were picked up by Jim and Maria crossed the river and it is Queensland and just after eight. The further north we go the earlier it gets dark. What I didn't expect was it getting light about four in the morning.

Jim and Maria live a short distance to the beach. Their home at one time was a beach cottage and they have built a wonderful new home on the property. You go up a short rise and turn in. On the ground floor is the granny flat and the garage. Enter the main level there is the laundry, washroom, living room dining area, tv room and a great open kitchen with a full bank of windows overlooking Kirra beach. The top floor is taken up by their roomy bedroom and ensuite and the guest room and ensuite. We are on the top with a view of the water. Their deck stretches along the front of the house. When they built the council controlled many issues such as height, design, and colours. Since then there is a proposal to build a 25 and 15 story unit in front of them which is not zoned for high rise. It is a very hurtful time as they come to terms with an uncertain future.

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We are enjoying a morning walk here followed by a swim in the crisp blue water. We have walked both directions digging our toes into the sand. I tend not to walk with Jim as my knee is playing up and and I can't walk that fast. I have headed out on my own a couple of times, using geocaches to take me to interesting sights such as the shipwreck of the Coolangatta, most likely the reason for the towns name. The 'Coolangatta' was trying to enter the Tweed River during a gale when it was driven ashore northward of the River. The captain and several of the crew were ashore at the time attempting to locate a water source. The 'Coolangatta' soon bilged and the crew members stripped the vessel of all removable gear. The crew then traveled overland to Amity Point where they were recovered by the steamer 'Tamar' and conveyed to Sydney

We drive down to Byron Bay. Captain James Cook named Cape Byron after John Byron, circumnavigator of the world and grandfather of the poet, Lord Byron.

One day we took out the bikes to ride up the Tweeds river. Maria sits bravely on the tandem bike with Jim. I had Maria's little bike with the seat raised up. A challenge for comfort and ease of peddling, but the good thing is the muscle above my knee that was causing the problem released and I can get around with ease. Roger took it for the last bit to give me a break and I got to ride a `bigger` bike.

We visited Maria's mom one morning. She is a sweet and bright 98 year old. No wonder Maria loves to spend time with her.

We drove into the Lammington Forrest to O'Riellys. There we did the treetop walk through the rain forest. This one was smaller that the Otway one, made of wood that creaks and groans as you walk. At one point you can climb a tower. A metal ladder with a cage around it in case you fall. It won't stop you, but it would make you land on the walkway rather than the Forrest floor. Here we saw two red bellied black snakes and one python. We saw bower bird, the bush turkeys that you see all over and other brightly coloured birds. We saw various little skinks and frogs everywhere. The road into this location twists and turns and for the most part is one lane only. It was quite the ride in and out.



We explored the beach communities of the Gold Coast from Coolangatta to Surfers Paradise. A small town to the young peoples party central with lots of high rises and action. We prefer the quiet beaches by Jim and Maria.

We explore further up into the Sunshine Coast ending our day in Buderim at their son Rick's home. He, his wife Naomi, and children Nate and Eden have a lovely home on the hillside with a great view over the valley. Little Nate is in hot water! At four he has had a spate of biting people and has been banned from electronic devices and anything to do with super heroes. Eden is a sweet little girl. We connect over dinner at the Thai restaurant and I m honoured to be the adult who gets her to bed. She read me a story, I read her a chapter, then we said our prayers. Roger got to read to Nate, amusing everyone with his entertaining voices. Rick had caught a Cain toad in their pond, but it had escaped when he went to show us. We had a swim in their pool and chatted until it appeared people needed to sleep.

We set off in the morning to Noosa Heads. We walked a coast trail to Hells Gate where the water crashes into a small gorge. The ocean is calm today, so we can see a turtle below and we can enjoy the views, but the heat is rising.

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We take a swim back at the beach and watch the kids.... The Schoolies. Schoolies or schoolies week (also known as leavers' or leavers' week in Western Australia) refers to the Australian tradition of high-school graduates (also known as "schoolies" or "leavers") having week-long holidays following the end of their final exams in late November and early December.

"Toolies" or "Droolies" refers to older revelers who participate in Schoolies week but are not high-school graduates. "Foolies" or "pre-schoolies" refers to younger adolescents, who participate in Schoolies week but have not yet graduated from high school. Schoolies week is seen as a final party with schoolmates before they head their separate ways. There were two hoards that arrived while we were at the beach. They charge into the ocean fully dressed in their uniforms, shoes and all. They had a great time playing and yelling and just being exuberant. On the Gold Coast they prepare for the Schoolies by actually baricading parts of the beach off so only registered Schoolies with wrist bands can enter. They are trying to protect the kids from toolies....older kids coming to pray on the young girls who have had too much to drink.

From here we wander through the town, stop for a lamb and veggie pie, have some Copenhagen ice cream before walking down the river to catch a nap and explore more coastline. Then we head to the other side of the bay where their friend Cherrill and Bob are camped. We have a cuppa and a shower before heading to Nambour to catch the train.

It is very sad to say goodbye. They have been so good to us!

Posted by Mari Anne 19:17 Archived in Australia Tagged coast snake gold sunshine collangatta schoolies Comments (0)

Coffs Harbour

A great B&B and fine weather for wandering and exploring.

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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.

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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.

Posted by Mari Anne 19:17 Archived in Australia Tagged harbour coast beach waves coffs Comments (0)

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