Friday, 31 October 2014

Moonee Beach and Coffs Coast

Traveling further down the NSW coast, we discovered towns even more stunning that offered relaxed beach lifestyles. We decided to stay at Moonee Beach overlooking the bay and one of the Solitary Islands which has a beautiful big lighthouse and homestead standing on it. Being a huge lighthouse fan, I could have stared at it all day. 


The big grassy headland was unusual and breathtaking and we walked up there everyday ...


Through the rainforest  track ... 


To the massive green lawn headland (no trees) overlooking the Coffs Coast and Solitary Islands.


 
... And a walk back down via the beach where all boys would have a splash before freezing in the wind ... 




Soooo colourful and picturesque, Moonee Beach and nearby headlands all the way along the Coffs Coast. We drove to most of the headlands ...


And played in cleverly designed playgrounds ...



... and swam at a few beaches, too. It would take a few attempts for us to get the right beach where dogs were permitted. But luckily the dog-friendly beaches were protected from the wind and were the calmest surf for us, so Tim got straight into building...


At Sawtell, this rock pool was just divine (no dogs allowed so we only had the quickest dip)...



We also ate picnics in beach carparks where the boys sat in the back while Tim made our plates up ... 


with cheese, celery, pesto and hommus and rice crackers ... 


We went into town in Coffs to promote my book but ended up on the toboggan at the Big Banana ... 


And at the Old Holland miniature railway, where everything down to each tiny roof tile had been crafted by hand... 



It was a busy 4 days and we loved the Moonee Beach caravan park because we really didn't have to go far to feel refreshed. We played tennis, jogged around the neighborhood in our new runners, and kept getting wet in the surrounding lakes.  




I can totally understand why people move to Coffs Coast, and why tourism is so big here. We might come back one day soon, but for now, there are more beautiful sights to see further south ... 




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