Once we had said our goodbyes to John and Peg, we set off for Coffs Harbour. The site wasn’t too far from Coffs so we decided to take a few stops along the way.
Our first stop was recommended to us by John; Sealy lookout. Its was a steep drive up to through the forest and you would almost miss the first lookout if you weren’t paying attention. We got out the van and made the short walk to the first lookout. The view was pretty, but we were just above someone’s house, so it did feel a little unusual.After taking a few pictures we headed back to the van to continue to the hotspot we were looking for, the Forest Sky Pier . The pier extends 21 meters from the lookout and is 15 meters above the forest floor. The impressive panoramic view extends from the mountains to Coffs Harbour coastline. It was an amazing view of where we were heading! We so set off again back on Pacific highway, and it wasn’t long until we ended up at another of Australia’s big things. The Big Banana is part of a small theme park and sits proudly on the side of the Pacific highway. Of course we had to stop and check it out.
Much to our delight, we found there was a sweets shop, a cheese making shop, and many other fun things!
Not long after that, we found ourselves in Coffs Harbour, looking for somewhere to stay. Eventually we found the YHA hostel would let us camp on their site, but still use the hostel facilities which was awesome! The cleanest hostel I have ever been in! It was worth it just for the glorious showers. The staff were super friendly and helpful; they even gave us some tips on where to go while at Coffs.On the staff’s recommendation, the next morning, we headed back up the coast to Emerald beach. A beautiful little beach with a resident mob of roos! Of course we had to check out the kangaroos! They were all chilling in the morning sun, up on the cliff. One of them even had a joey! As an animal nut, I was super excited. We spent a bit of time with the roos, and on the beach, before heading back down to Coffs. On the way back down, we stopped at a little chocolate factory called Carobana. We arrived on a day when they don’t have much going on, so it was super quiet. There were however, lots of tasters! We brought a pack of honeycomb nibbles for the road too 🙂 Eventually, we parked the car back at the hostel and headed out for the rest of the day. We walked to the marina, which wasn’t too far from the hostel. From the marina we walked the track to Muttonbird island. It wasn’t a far walk, but it was super steep! My calves felt it afterwards 😉 It was worth it though, because we got to see the resident pod of dolphins swim by while we were eating out lunch.
We continued our walk by heading back past the hostel to the creek. The creek walk was gorgeous, and took us all the way to the botanical gardens.It was a long walk but it was worth it for the views along the creek. It was a lovely walk, and a nice way to round off the day before heading back to the hostel. After a long day of activities and walking, we chilled out in the hostel for the evening, ready for another early start the next day; and onwards to the next campsite!
Bye for now