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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 the window at dawn, the sun was just peeping over the mountains in a golden orb, burning mist off the river. Perfect? Absolutely.

But with an 11.30am airport appointment, it was time to get hit the road, but not before we stopped in at Surfaris Central in Crescent Head, the first and longest running surf school in Australia.

It may have seemed early, but it was the ideal time of day to drive the Slim Dusty Scenic Way back to Kempsey, studded with rolling green hills and neat fenced yards as the heat of the day began to creep upwards.

And gorgeous Crescent was exactly as we left it: sleepy and friendly. This time we refueled at The Green Room, a super funky café with almond milk smoothies, gluten free breads and all sorts of healthy foodstuffs. Was 8am too early for a bean and avocado wrap with sweet chilli? Never!

But we were most keen to check out Surfaris. It was a few minutes drive out of town. But it is hard to miss, decked out in flags, hammocks, deck chairs made of Malibu boards…. But no one around. That’s because the surf was up! Most people sign up for a five day trip, using the dorms (some of the nicest we have ever seen) and rooms as the base.

Each day the crew drive to some of the best surf spots around, such as Plumber’s Point, Crescent Head and Delicate Nobby. There is always a little wave somewhere. And for only $750, including home cooked meals, equipment, accommodation and surfing lessons, this is one killer deal. Ze German almost stayed.

Then back to Port, and within an hour were already back in Sydney traffic. Really? That soon? The Macleay Valley was full of surprises at every turn, a varied mix of sun blessed beaches and stunning mountains, hospitable locals, some snazzy hidden shops and, well, let’s just say we ate well. We are already planning the next trip back!

Signing off,

Team BabyBump x

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