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Driving south for the... summer!

Brisbane to the Coffs Coast.

sunny 28 °C
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15-20 Feb 12


(yes, another one.. you’d think I would be sick of the car by now!)

So I had 2 days at home before hopping back in the car again to head further south.

First stop was the Gold Coast to spend the evening with one of my old uni housemates, Chels, and the boy-next-door-come-husband, Matt (and the ever increasing fur baby collection!). Google Maps came to the rescue when Chelsea’s attempt at direction giving failed at the first roundabout. Haha.
Then it was off to Lennox Head where I dropped into Victoria’s house via a slight detour courtesy of me missing a turn off. But it was definitely worth it when I found this !!


Ahh midnorth coast how I love thee!

Tori whisked me away for a day trip to Byron Bay, where we climbed up to the lighthouse, went dolphin spotting, watched hang gliders and posed amongst the Japanese tourists whist standing at the most easterly point of the Australian mainland.

Then I saw this over the edge


and thought it would be a good idea to try and get down there. I should have been suspicious when Tori opted to stay at the top. Let’s just say I was sweating like a trooper and worked on my buns of steel with all of the steps on the way back up… but here is the evidence that I actually made it!! (Can you see me in the middle there?)
It kind of puts humans into perspective when we are put amongst the grand beauty in which we live. It makes me feel kind of insignificant.
It was a great day despite me being unfashionable and using my umbrella as a sun shade…and it constantly turning inside out courtesy of the sea breeze.

Next stop- the glorious Coffs Coast. I lived here 6 years ago and driving into Coffs Harbour made my heart skip a beat with glee. I loved this place, and it still felt like home as I got out to stretch my legs at the Jetty beach.

This was the destination where I was graciously hosted by Cathy, another old uni friend. Over the next few days we made a trip to the Belligen markets, spent an evening in the Botanic Gardens where we were entertained by a Jazz band and had a lunch date with my old Honours year supervisor. I had not seen Gail since my graduation in 2007. It was definitely a great blast from the past. We also managed to do a joint Skype call to Annette , so the trio was together once more… well, kind of.

A highlight though was my visit to another old stomping ground – Sawtell beach- which is a bit further south from Coffs. How wonderful it was to have SURF, SUN and SAND and actually be able to SWIM in it!! No nasty stingers in these here parts! I spent my time getting tossed around by the waves like a rag doll and I loved every minute of it. I longed to have a surf board of my own after I got a taste of how fun surfing is when I was in Hawaii a couple of years ago.

I checked off seafood and some more fruit from Australia’s “Big Things.” George was a bit overwhelmed at the size of his Banana. He is actually in this pic. Lol.


I was hoping to return back to Brisbane with my passport and visa in the mail after receiving email notification that it would be ‘dispatched shortly’ from the Manila Visa Processing Hub. Alas. It is still not here… and according to my Australia Post tracker, it’s not even in the country yet. Sigh. Come on already!!!

If anything, by the time I finally hit foreign lands I will be able to uphold the ‘bronzed Aussie’ look!

Posted by KylieClark 15:53 Archived in Australia Tagged beach uni goldcoast coffsharbour

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