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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 and have competed in elite Pro Junior and Qualifying surfing events both in Australia and overseas. Follow Jamie and his family over the next three days while they explore the Legendary Pacific Coast.

I’d first travelled to the Coffs Coast far too long ago, as a small boy escaping the creeping cold of an endless Melbourne winter.

We had swum and surfed most days and one afternoon we had visited friends of my mum and dad’s high on a hill amongst the bananas. It was warm even hot in the winter sun and I sought out shade under the lush banana fronds. Way out in the distance in front of our accommodation, the sea glinted with endless promise.

I have returned over the years, sometimes passing through but more recently staying longer, now in search of waves with our three teenage children.

However this time was going to be different we had a few surprises in store.

We picked them up straight from the beach and yet another surf comp and we were on our way. Tired and frazzled we were keen to leave the blistering sun and high rises behind.

The drive, just 3 hours south from the Gold Coast Queensland, was a good time to contemplate the adventure ahead. We were heading straight to the  Opal Cove Resort  just north of Coffs Harbour.

By definition absolute beachfront leaves little yet everything to the imagination. I mean lets face it, it’s going to be good, but how good?

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