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Bit of a Choc Fest

Friday 11th September 2015

semi-overcast 20 °C

Seems like time is starting to gather pace on our Round the World Trip. We have now been away for seven weeks which is a third of our trip gone already and we have got less than two weeks left in Australia (sorry Carrie). Still, must be mindful and stay in the here and now.

Coffs Harbour is now growing on me and although it isn't quite as special as Port Stephens and Port Macquarie it does have its good bits. It was also a bonus to wake up and peek through the curtains to see the sun rising up behind Muttonbird Island.

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We had breakfast on the balcony and then went out in the car just a few miles out of town to a viewpoint near to one of the National Parks. It was an interesting drive as the area is known for its banana plantations, something I had never seen grown commercially before.

The Forest Sky Pier at Sealy Point affords amazing views along the coast including the town of Coffs Harbour and the surrounding hills.

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There was another couple there when we arrived and we soon got talking to them about what had brought them to the area and our travel plans. The woman also kindly offered to take a photograph of us together.

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Not long after a large group of other people arrived shaking the cantilevered platform quite a bit as they walked on it. We just hung on for a while and waited for them to leave so we could enjoy the peace again.

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Given how steep and winding the road up to Sealy Point is it was alarming the speed at which the young people went tearing off down the hill on their motorbikes.

On leaving Sealy Point we drove a short distance back down the hill and parked up before walking about a kilometre to the more conventional Korora Lookout. This had views looking north towards Byron Bay, where we would be travelling to tomorrow.

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We wanted to take a bit of a walk in the Bruxner Park Floral Reserve. Unfortunately the rainforest walks there turned out to be less defined than those we had previously been too. We decided after taking about ten minutes to even find the track that it wasn't really safe for us, given our lack of knowledge about the flora and fauna of the rainforest. Also no one really knew where we were.

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We decided to give up and go and have lunch instead down near the Marina. En-route we stopped at a place called Wicked Berries that sells chocolate coated strawberries and bought a few to nibble on later.

We had seen a restaurant called Latitude 30 (which reflects the fact that Coffs Harbour is 30 degrees south of the equator). We agreed to go for a main meal as we hadn't had much breakfast and it would save us needing to go out later. I had paella and Nigel had fish and chips. We then had a delicious chocolate sharing platter for dessert (a bit indulgent given the strawberries that were waiting for us in the fridge).

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We intended to go for a walk on the beach but once we got there we ended up just relaxing. I read and Nigel listened to his radio and I also had a paddle, up to my knees this time. The water is getting warmer!

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At the time we were there although there was a lifeguard station there were no flags indicating it was safe to swim. The beach had a sort of small sand cliff near near where we were sitting and there was a group of about six young people having great fun sand boarding down it.

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Once the sun had gone behind the hill it started to get chilly, so we packed up and went back to the apartment. After a few hours of relaxing we had a bit of soup and ate our 'wicked berries' (as part of our five a day of course)!

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Posted by Gill's Travels 04:56 Archived in Australia

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