27.02.2006 - 02.03.2006
A few hours drive south of Byron is Coffs harbour - i'd heard really mixed reviews about this place so didn't really know what to expect. I was staying in one of only four hostels in the town, which excelled at organsing anything form parties to activities. After only a few hours of chatting to people it became apparant that Coff's harbour has the abilty to charm people to stay for a week even if they only intended on a couple of night. I think it is the lack of tourism here that makes the place so appealing and that i could lie on the most gorgeous beach all day with maybe seeing 10 people - a vast contrast to Byron.
I visited a wildlife park here which claims to be the most interactive in the world. I got to feed penguins and touch dolphin and seals. I was mesmorised my the dolphins I had expected them to be really hard but they are actually quite soft to touch, the trained also encourage me to rub Bucko the dolphins tongue as apparantly he likes it - I was dubious! I also went caneoing up the creek to the Botonical gardens and got to see flying fish. Also a walk around Muttonbird Island so names as mutton birds come to breed there. The other time was spent on the beach just lapping up the sun as New Zealand is fast approaching and I don't think i'll be doing much sunbathing there!
I then travelled down the coast to Port Macquarie for a quick stop. Very quaint place and glad it was only for one night. As it was one of the tamest hostels i'd stayed in. Went on a river cruise, coastal walk and Koala hospital. On to sydney now!!