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Day of Ups and Downs

Thursday 10th September 2015

storm 18 °C

Had a bit of an off day today, which I guess is bound to happen some time. It was sad the leave Port Macquarie as we both liked it there and the apartment was particularly nice. The journey up the Pacific Highway wasn't great; it was a bit boring without any particularly nice scenery from the driving seat and there was mile upon and mile of roadworks. In fact I think there were probably more miles with restrictions than without. All of this meant slightly more stressful driving and a longer than expected journey although fortunately in all it was only about 100 miles in total.

We arrived at our studio apartment at about 3pm and although it was perfectly acceptable with views to the sea, we were still both a little disappointed which was probably more to do with having been a bit spoilt in the last two or three places we had stayed in. The place had been given really good reviews and the guy on reception was lovely, however although we are pretty near the sea there is a railway line/ station almost in front of where we are staying (albeit partly hidden) which seems to have a lot of lengthy freight trains passing through. We are also pretty near the runway of the local airport which means that planes fly quite low overhead. We are also on the top floor with no lifts so it was a bit of a haul getting our bags in. We will have to see how we feel after a night in the place, sometimes I find that it takes me a while to settle into a new place. On the positive side if you visually and mentally block out the foreground when looking off the balcony, and focus instead on the ocean view it is really nice, with a great view towards the marina and to Muttonbird Island.

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As we hadn't eaten en-route we had some lunch as soon as we arrived and once we had got all of our stuff in we decided to go for a walk. We drove the short distance to the marina and walked along the harbour wall to Muttonbird Island.

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There were a number of signs about nesting shearwaters, and the need to keep to the path What I didn't realise is that muttonbird is the name given to young shearwaters when they are collected for food as fledglings. As we arrived at the 'island' we decided to walk up to the top to see the view. The path was paved and as was the case in Port Stephens was very steep and direct, no winding back and forth as is often the case on English footpaths. The weather was really clouding over, was windy, chilly and threatening rain. We continued up to the viewpoint and took some photographs of the town and the marina.

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We could also pick out our apartment in the distance. From the highest point on the island we continued on the footpath which then dropped down to the rocks at the far end of the island. We stayed there for a while watching the crashing waves, looking out to sea hoping to see some whales (we didn't) and taking photographs.

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The weather was getting even worse and looked as though we were going to have heavy rain, so we made our way back up the steep path, along the spine of the island and back down the other side to the harbour wall.

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We got back to the car, and drove to the apartment just before it started to rain. I was feeling a bit tired and had a bit of a nap while Nigel cooked dinner (it was his turn). We ate and then watched some miscellaneous English television programmes, all very lazy.

Posted by Gill's Travels 03:30 Archived in Australia Tagged beaches birds ocean australia coffs_harbour

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