We have spent 10 days in Port Macquarie, some on a public mooring in front of town, but most of the time up the Hastings River anchored fore and aft in front of our friends Lisa and Waz’s house. Coming to Port Macquarie is like coming home: so welcoming.
There is no port more distinctive than Coffs Harbour along the East Coast of Australia: this is not your average rocky wall protecting its entrance, but a fortress looking breakwater both to the South and now to the North of the harbour. We stayed inside for a few days with the northerlies blowing.
There is nothing like spending time with good friends both on land and at sea. Here are a few snippets of our activities over the past few days and lots of photos, so make yourself a cuppa and read on.
When it comes to whale watching, we have hit the jackpot. Every single day we have seen several, sometimes at a distance, but at times we have had close encounters. We will never tire of seeing these magnificent creatures.
We are afraid we haven’t much to share about our underwater endeavours. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate. It is the second time we have tried diving at the Solitary Islands, and the third time for our friends Waz and Lisa… these dive sites are proving elusive!
Some days you feel lucky; you experience some privileged moments: it might be a whale powerfully beating its fluke on the water surface, another breaching time and time again, or a little crested tern stopping by for a rest at our bow, or the brilliant oranges and yellows of the late afternoon sun reflected on…
We can tell that the northerlies are starting to establish themselves, but it is a little earlier than we hoped and might limit how far north we can get before we need to come back south. We have a few medical issues to attend to with our respective specialists and of course our trip to…