Showing blog posts from Coffs Coast & Bellingen

Okay so they went bananas

November 6, 2014 - Coffs Coast & Bellingen

In the Gumbaynggirr dreaming the giant goanna formed Macauleys Headland and it is in the lee of this headland that acclaimed local water photographer Tom Woods from ST Surf Images swims out into the line up. Sophie, Nick and Lucy revel in the small conditions as local surfers go about their early morning ritual and …

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On the other side of fear is freedom…apparently

November 5, 2014 - Coffs Coast & Bellingen

In case you have already forgotten, I’ll give you a hint. In hushed voice and dulcet tones, ‘last horse moving into the barrier… almost set…three thousand two hundred or two miles the journey…green light… racing… good luck punters!’ And remember where you were on the fabulous Coffs Coast … the day that stops a nation. …

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Climbing out of our comfort zone

November 4, 2014 - Coffs Coast & Bellingen

It takes a lot to get a teenager’s head out of an electrical device. Sometimes eyes scroll up, only to quickly scroll down and glaze over. When we pulled off the Pacific Highway just north of Coffs Harbour and drove into the Opal Cove Resort we had an OMG moment followed by a lot of …

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The coast of endless promise

November 3, 2014 - Coffs Coast & Bellingen

Jamie Callister is the grandson of the man who invented Vegemite. He recently wrote a book also titled The Man Who Invented Vegemite which was shortlisted for the Queensland Book of the Year. He is travelling with his wife Libby and their three teenage children, Sophie, Nick and Lucy. The children are all keen surfers …

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I left my heart in blissful Bellingen

November 2, 2014 - Coffs Coast & Bellingen

We woke to the gentle trickle of rain on the tin roof at Bellingen Farmstay, as the rising sun glowed a rosy hue beneath grey clouds. The brief morning rain brought relief to the valley, which had been slowly drying out. Farmer Fiona had told me yesterday the animals and people alike grow restless and …


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Where the mountains meet the sky in Dorrigo

November 1, 2014 - Coffs Coast & Bellingen

Ok, there are some advantages to being woken at sparrows by little ones too excited to sleep. A comforting cuppa while watching the pre-dawn sky transition from tangerine to lilac to muted blue. The tiny duckling grazing on the lawn, the mist rolling low and slow under the bridge, and jumping fish breaking the mirrored …

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Uncovering the secrets of tranquil Urunga

October 31, 2014 - Coffs Coast & Bellingen

Day 21: The Newman family road trip has begun. Master Four has been counting down the sleeps as though he’s waiting for Christmas. As we loaded up the wagon with all the regular family road trip paraphernalia we chose to leave the car DVD player behind. This trip is about getting back to basics, enjoying …

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