The road trip blogposts are coming thick and fast at the moment. The reason for this is that I'm absolutely loving looking back at all of the photographs and remembering the amazing things that we saw along the way.
This post charts our journey from Newcastle, where we literally stopped for a spot of lunch and our first view of the gorgeous Pacific Ocean in a few days, up to Coffs Harbour, home of the Big Banana (not pictured because its a bit naff)!!! Between Newcastle and Coffs, we decided to stop at Port Macquarie one morning for our daily coffee fix and a surf before taking a total punt and heading for a nature reserve that was right on the coast, which we found in our trusty road atlas.
This punt took us to Smoky Cape and one of the most beautiful places that we saw on the whole of our journey. They say that you get out of life what you're willing to put in, and that was certainly the case here, as the lighthouse proved a little bit tricky to find and we drove quite a few kilometres out of our way to get there, but boy was it worth it! What I remember most about this amazing place are the fantastic colours of the sky and the sea, and how they seemed to be constantly changing with the wind and the ebbing of the tide. That, and the fact that we saw kangaroos bouncing around on the cliffs just a few feet from where we lay sunbathing on the beach.
Australia is a funny place really, you can talk to so many people while you're there who will say "you have to go to Coffs Harbour, it's great" or "make sure you visit so and so when you get to NSW, you'll love it" and you can get there and feel really underwhelmed and wonder what all the fuss is about. The truth is, the best places that we saw along the way were the hidden gems, such as Smoky Cape, which we found all on our own and without recommendation from others. I guess we were willing to put more in and knew that by doing so we would get more out of our trip.
I think we could all do with getting in the car and just driving somewhere totally new sometimes, the spirit of adventure and the freedom of an open road is a wonderful thing if you truly embrace it and let it guide you. It's good for the soul.
To be continued...