Sep 10 to 15 2011 After a short stay back at Cotton Tree to pick up post, car service, Bob’s pacemaker service, etc, we head south to meet with Tom and Julie at Forster Tuncurry for some R & R. We are meeting them on Sep 16 for the weekend and the trip is about 600 kms in total so we can take our time.
First stop is Tweed Heads which is just over the border from Queensland into New South Wales. The locality is famous for its Snapper Rocks and Point Danger surf breaks.
Next stop is for 1 night at Evans Head, a small coastal fishing town located at the mouth of the Evans River, it was the first prawning port in Australia. It is the perfect place for a casual bike ride along the ocean to spot some of the local wild dolphins playing in the surf. Note the photo of a plaque commenorating some famous local surfing grannies !
Coffs Harbour is our next stop for 2 nights. We took the opportunity to play one of the prettiest golf courses we have yet seen – Bonville. The scenery was spectacular. Coffs Harbour is also the home of migrating birds called short-tailed shearwaters or mutton birds. They nest underground in burrows on an island called Mutton Bird Island which can be accessed by foot from the harbour. We were slightly dissapointed to hear that most of the birds had been disturbed by a rally Australia event the day before which was held around the harbour. The birds did return after a few days.
Final stop on the road to Forster Tuncurry is an old favourite – Port Macquarie. We stay at one of our favourite sites with the river and the beach both really close. We caught up with some friends who now live there and also played golf at Wauchope, just outside the town.