We woke up early morning and set off towards Coffs Harbour at 6 AM. We were lucky that it wasn’t very cloudy that day and we got to see the sunrise as we drove down the hill. It was great beginning the day watching the bright sun, listening to the birds chirping, spotting some kangaroos, horses and cows as we drove towards Coffs Harbour. We grabbed breakfast at a drive through and reached the destination around 9:30 AM. The first stop for the day was Dolphin Marine Magic. We were right in time for getting some dolphin kisses and then watch the dolphin and seal show. We walked around the place looking at the exhibits and then lined up for penguin feeding. We were provided with small fish that were eagerly gobbled down by tiny little penguins. After that we went to watch reptile show which was very informative. Not only did we see different varieties of snakes and a tiny crocodile but also got educated about do’s and don’t in the situation where we encounter a snake.
We came out of Dolphin Marine Magic right in time for lunch. We drove to a nearby town called Woolgoolga which is sometimes referred to as the Skih town due to the dominating number of Sikh inhabitants. Currently there are 3rd and 4th generation Sikhs living there. As soon as we entered the town, the first thing that caught our eye was prisine white gurudwara. We were badly craving for some Indian food and went to a Dhaba to satiate our desi hunger. We then drove back towards Coffs Harbour and pulled over at a chocolate factory. Carobana was a working factory where they produced chocolates, honeycomb and nut brittles for commercial purpose in an old-fashioned way. It is also open for public to walk in and have a tour for free. There are chocolate-making demos every Monday and Thursday but we had gone in on Wednesday. We got to see the nut brittle making and got to sample the freshly made britles (What we call as chikki) It was absolutely yum!
We went to Diggers beach and wanted to get wet in the sea but we noticed that there were no showers or washrooms to change once we are out of the water. There was no way we could drive for 3 hours back home in wet sandy clothes. There were plenty of beaches in Coffs Harbour and on a quick internet search we found one called North Haven that had showers and washroom facilities. We zoomed straight there, changed into our swimmers and wasted no time in getting into the water. I was a bit hesitant for all four of us to go into the sea and leave our belongings on the shore. But Abbas was very confident that nobody would come close to our mat. So we played in the waves and soaked ourselves in the salty crystal clear water. Mantam and Abbas simply love beaches but I’m chicken hearted and freak out when they go too far ahead or even when Abbas asks me to dive in the water with the goggles on to see the fish. I get petrified thinking that I might not be able to breathe if I did that. He doubts my claim of hailing from a coastal town when I’m so scared of the sea.
We did not wait till the sunset as we had to have dinner and drive back for another 3 hours and Abbas didn’t want to drive on the hilly roads in dark. We took shower and changed back into fresh clothes. We came back to Port Macquarie first stopped by at a restaurant called ‘Wall of China’ which was recommended by one of Abbas’s colleagues. The food and service indeed lived up to the recommendation. We were mighty impressed and it was certainly the best Chinese food we had had after coming to Australia. We drove back again to our temporary home and retired to bed after a long tiring day.
To be continued….