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At one with the Locals

December 1, 2014 - Newcastle

Having breakfast with the birds at the Hunter Wetland Centre was supposed to set the tone of the day – relaxed, taking it easy, enjoying the fresh air.  It surely did. We began the day with breakfast at the Wetland’s Spoonbill Cafe before enjoying a guided bird life tour on a perfect late Spring day. …

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Nestled in native Newcastle

November 30, 2014 - Newcastle

Before I gained ‘turncoat’ status, I used to visit Newcastle on a regular basis for Knights games. I use the term ‘visit’ very loosely here, as I would literally drive up for the game, then head home – and boy was I missing out on a good thing! How could I not have known that …

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Central Coast: the fun starts here

November 25, 2014 - Central Coast

Day two of our Legendary Pacific Coast road trip around the Central Coast and my two tween-age sons come good on their pinky-swear promise, made yesterday, to come for a walk along Umina Beach in the buttery light of dawn. They need zero convincing, keenly clambering on the rocks in a nook of the beach the locals dub …

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Adieu Macleay Valley

October 30, 2014 - Macleay Valley Coast

We loved the Bemurrah Homestead. For us city slickers it was a communion with nature we rarely get to experience. Lying awake and listening the sounds of the bush was a highlight, involving the mysterious calls and tweets and songs of our fellow residents, and along with sunrise, the sound of cattle lowing. Peering though …

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The travelling sister’s last day in paradise

October 30, 2014 - The Nambucca Valley

The thought that keeps coming back to tickle me, shimmering underneath all my cognitive whirrings throughout the past couple of days in the Nambucca Valley, is how much our backyard is and should be our destination. I’ve lived in the UK for the past two years, travelling extensively throughout Europe, loving every minute (some seconds …

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By the sea, all your worries wash away…

October 29, 2014 - The Nambucca Valley

It is the colours that I can’t get over. Turquoise overlaps soft sea green, the water rippling gently, undulating over the sandy bottom. It is entirely clear, as translucent as glass, so much that the occasional large blue jellyfish that floats past is as observable as if it quivered in your cupped hands. Jai and …

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“The Smart Ones Move to Nambucca”

October 28, 2014 - The Nambucca Valley

Here we were. Two sisters, Em and Jai, embark on a pilgrimage to saltier climes, leaving the dry plains of the North West Tablelands behind as we made our way to Nambucca, ready to experience the delights promised us. We were ready to rock and roadie. Having just returned from travelling in Europe, where we had …

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