Time to look around the town that our son and his partner call home. A walk through the rainforest is a good place to start and how appropriate that it happens to be raining – even if only slightly. Sea Acres Rainforest Centre has a board walk that goes for approximately 2ks and has information stations scattered along the path. Apparently there were some baby owls but due to their awesome camouflaging abilities we did not see them. Although we found it interesting and the efforts to keep the forest going are commendable I couldn’t say that it was good value for money. I would recommend doing this walk with a ranger as I am sure you would get much more out of it – unfortunately we couldn’t get there during the specific times.
In the afternoon the rain had cleared and we head to the Koala hospital and check in for the tour. This was amazing and I certainly admirer the volunteers who dedicate there time and efforts into saving the koalas that come into the sanctuary. Sadly some will stay for the term of their natural lives albeit in a most comfortable arrangement but others will be rehabilitated back to the wild. I really recommend this as a place to visit – the people and koalas are incredible. The entry is free but donations are gratefully received and happily given.
Port Macquarie Coastal Walk
Starting at Tacking Point the northern headland of Lighthouse Beach (a 9km stretch of beach heading toward Lake Cathie and a lovely walk in itself) and head towards Town Beach – our plan includes a dip halfway at Flynns Beach.
The 9km walk is well marked and quite easy but does have undulating sections crossing over headlands, climbing stairs and crossing beaches with soft, hard to walk in, sand. The views are spectacular and seeing the whales during their migration is a wonderful added bonus.
The first beach we reach is Miners Beach which is also nudist friendly although I’m not sure if the nudists are friendly! We then head into a lovely rain forest section of the walk and the temperature drops by a considerable amount. The sounds of the bush are magnified in the dense forest with the consistent song of the cicadas underscoring the symphony.
As we walk through the path opens up to views of Shelley Beach and a nice little brown snake crosses our path – always need to be aware. Bush Turkeys show up to show off or looking for scraps and are not shy at all. Shelley Beach is really a beach with the best of both worlds and lovely quiet, protected, natural pool to swim in or just a short walk to enjoy some surf to have all sorts of fun in.
Shelley Beach a favourite spot for the Bush Turkey population
Clouds are building up and we are have upped the pace as we slip passed Flynns Beach probably the most popular of all the beaches to swim, enjoy a coffee or maybe some surfing lessons in Port Macquarie. We have decided it is best to reach the end before it starts to rain so a couple of us finish the walk with a swim at Towns Beach – the perfect way to end.
Our last full day in London so we decide that it might be fun to experience some of the more challenging ways to get around this city. First we jump on the train and head to Angel Station with the longest escalator, Shane has fought hard to concur his fears of these moving stairs and the photo captures it al – he always looks his happiest when he is most scared.
Now that was out of the way we hop onto a train and head out to the Royal Victoria station to then take the cable car across the Thames. Why did I think this would be fun? The price of the tickets is great – 3 pound 60 and you can go backwards and forwards all day – a real bargain. We sit down quite comfortably and starting moving slowly up. The cable car is not quite as high as the Big Eye but we can see all over London and its a long, long way down. It doesn’t help that this happens on a very windy day and our car starts rocking – not good. When we finally get down we go out the wrong way and the young girl just laughs and says ” I thought you were going around again”. It was heaps of fun though.
Then we catch the River Bus all the way up the Thames seeing all the sights along the way – without the commentary but as we did do the ‘tourist’ thing last time it was nice to just relax and enjoy.
It is time to bid our fond farewell to England and head for home.
We revisit Wisbech and caught up with Aunts and Uncles – very happy times and have a bonus of going to Hunstanton for fish and chips by the sea.
The amazing cliffs of Hunstanton
It always surprises me how all of my mum’s brothers and sisters happily live within a 20 mile radius of each other – all 9 of them. Mum was the only one that went further than that – all the way to Australia no less.