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Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW

April 1, 2017 by David Herd

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW

 Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW is about 500 metres long and sits beteen to rocky headlands. Located about 3 kms from the city centre & about a 7 minute drive.

Surf lifesaving club

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW

Includes a cafe where you can relax and take in the view of the beach and the ocean.

Pick up your supplies here

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW There is a grocer with a liquor situated close to the road leading down to ther beach, pick up your local newspaper, a bottle of wine & a few beers then enjoy your day at Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW.

 If you really want some great food.

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW  These oysters were $15 a dozen & the prawns cost $10, both were as good as anywhere in the world.

Fresh seafood here.

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW On the Hastings river in the centre of town here is a shop selling fresh seafood.

Location

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW Just a 7 minute drive from the centre of town.

Holiday Park

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW A beautiful park beside the breakwall at the entrance of the Hastings river. 

Just north of Flynns beach

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW The entrance to the Hastings River, featuring the painted rocks of Port Macquarie.

 Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW Jagged rocks at Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW.

Trees cling to the cliff

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW

Interesting trees hanging on to the cliff at Flynns Beach.

Beautiful Flynns Beach

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW A perfect location to relax and enjoy yur day.

Flynns Beach Resort

Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW

Located adjacent to the beach, for a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Thanks for visiting my  Flynns Beach Port Macquarie NSW photo blog.

It was a great drive down from from Surfers Paradise  to Sydney stopping at Kingscliff, Yamba, Port Macquarie, Forster-Tuncurry, Gosford & Coogee. Also dropped into Maroubra which is a place I have not seen for over 50 years. Just click on the links to see my photo blogs.

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Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

March 28, 2017 by David Herd

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip seeing lots of friends & in particular caught up with Karen Greenwood an old girlfriend from 1991, 26 years ago. As you can see see still looks fantastic. 🙂 So many great memories came flooding back, it was certainly wonderful week Surfers Paradise. We are at Franks seafood cafe on Chevron Island.

Here we are 26 years ago.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

I could’t resist posting this photo from 1991. 

Melbas on the Park

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia

I first visited this iconic bar on New Years Day 1982, 35 years ago. The reason I am so sure of the date is it was the day after my unforgettable NYE on Sydney harbour with my overloaded boat being showered by sky rockets.

First stop Kingscliff only a 40 minute drive.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

Just a quick stop for a very good breakfast and some photos.

Breakfast at Kingscliff

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip The name of the cafe was Kettles On & the breakfast was excellent.

Miles of deserted beach at Kingscliff

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Certainly an idealic place to live.

Kingscliff to Yamba

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

About a 2 hour drive to Yamba on the Clarence river, this is my first visit to this pleasant little coastal town.

The sea was angry that day my friends….

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Many thanks to Gearge Castanza. 🙂

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 Mexican

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Strangely Mexican food has never been on my list of favourites.

Mexican! That’s not a Mexican, this is a Mexican.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

My apologies Pablo.

Yamba to Port Macquarie

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

A 3.5 hour drive with a stop at Grafton for a Maccas.

Old habits die hard…

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Over the years I think I have stopped here at Grafton 20 times for a strawberry shake.

 

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip, Port Macquarie.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip The mouth of the Hastings River in Port Macquarie.

Centre of town

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Port has quite a large shopping centre & a population of 80,00 & growing rapidly.

Expected growth

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

A very popular area with a good climate and about a 4’5 hour drive to Sydney.

Port Macquarie to Gosford.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

With a brief stop at Newcastle to say hi to my old mate Barry Madden.

Barry Madden

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Barry & I worked together in the mid 90s with NRMA as financial planners. 

The Settlers Tavern Gosford

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

A terrific T Bone at Settlers Tavern at 2 Hely Street, West Gosford. They have a great menu for a local pub, check it out on THIS LINK.

Early morning workout

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip It was aperfect Sunday morning for a workout for these rowers.

Gosford to Sydney 

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

The final leg of my Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip.

Maroubra Beach

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip One of Sydney’s famous southern beaches.

Chaotic Coogee Beach.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Late afternoon & most people have gone home or to the pub. 🙂

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Classic Australian pub picture

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip This is the Robin Hood hotel at Waverly, however years ago these fabulous pictures were found on most Aussie pubs.

It was a great drive down from from Surfers Paradise  to Sydney stopping at Kingscliff, Yamba, Port Macquarie, Forster-Tuncurry, Gosford & Coogee. Also dropped into Maroubra which is a place I have not seen for over 50 years. Just click on the links to see my photo blogs.

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Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW

March 24, 2017 by David Herd

Arriving at Tuncurry

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW was my first stop on the way from Port Macquarie to Sydney in March 2017. A population of over 18,000 people it is a holiday destination for many Sydney siders who are only a 4 hour drive away.

Over the bridge to Forster

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW The bridge is 631 metres long and was built around 1956, prior to that it was a half hour ferry trip between the two towns.

 View from Forster to Tuncurry

 photo 5dd06420-381d-4d35-82f1-6591cdbef9d2.jpg It is really a magnificent looking structure.

A fiserman & a pelican

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW Who is going to catch the first fish? My money is on the Pelican. 🙂

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW There are so many places here you can go by boat.

A boating paradise.

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW

More water than land around Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW.

 Talking about boats….

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW This one is allmost identical to the boat I owned in Sydney in the 80s. One of my most interesting experiences occured on NYE 1981 on Sydney Harbour, follow THIS LINK for the story of THE GREAT ESCAPE.

The main St in Forster

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW As you can see the main street is nothing to get excited about.

Nice little coffee shop

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW I’m happy as long as I find a good coffee shop with the daily newspaper. 🙂

If you have the time take a cruise

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW Unfortunately I was heading south to Gosford so I didn’t have time for a cruise.

Cruise prices

 photo 2fb66290-8abe-43bc-aa65-a781b5097408.jpg Not too many altenitives here.

You could have fun on this boat

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW As long as your friends contributed to the fuel cost. 🙂

The annual weather

Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW An absolutely beautiful climate in Forster Tuncurry mid north coast NSW.

We always seem to come back to the bridge

 photo 80c2a9b9-0b61-4304-a047-cd0ff8862ec7.jpg No doubt it is the most memorable landmark in the area, and probably even the whole NSW coast.

Over the bridge & back to the highway.

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Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

March 22, 2017 by David Herd

Wonderful NSW coastal town

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast has a population of just over 6,000, which tends to triple in the holiday season. The economy is based on tourism & fishing. Yamba  was my 2nd stop after leaving Surfers Paradise where I had spent a week catching up with friends.

Mathew Flinders was the first European to visit Yamba Bay in July 1799. 

If you live in Yamba you gotta have a boat.

 Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast The fishing is wonderful all along the NSW Coast.

If you don’t have a boat…

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast Go to one of the seafood restaurants along the Clarence River.

Or buy fresh seafood here

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast Then sit in the park close by and enjoy it. 🙂

Or perhaps here

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast I really love those Sydney Rock oysters (double this price in Sydney) plus the fabulous prawns.

Here is the place to eat

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast A nice park overlooking the water is the perfect spot to polish off your prawns & oysters.

You can watch the waves rolling in

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The surf was fairly rough today on March 10th 2017.

Beautiful deserted beach

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast Not quite deserted, I can see one person. 🙂

Moby Dick Motel

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast A good location on the waterfront, for a great room rate just book through THIS LINK. 

 Coffee or a tattoo?

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast Why not do both? 🙂

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast Yamba certainly has a nice friendly feel about it. 

 Another waterfront motel

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Thanks for visiting my Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast photo blog. Next stop is Port Macquarie, check out the painted rock art by the river.

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Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW

March 20, 2017 by David Herd

Breakfast at Kingscliff

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW was my first stop after leaving Surfers Paradise where I had spent a week catching up with friends. My plan was to travel down the coast to Sydney stopping at various coastal towns on the way.

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW A fairly typical coastal town with lots of coffee shops, tourists & terrific beaches.

For instance

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW Miles & miles of surf & sand & deserted at 9am on Wednesday March 8th 2017.

Short walk from the beach to the shops

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSWKingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW is a tourist destination with a population of a little over 6,000 with beach and estuary access for swimming, surfing, fishing and all types of water sports.

 Kingscliff Northern Rivers NSW

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW Kingscliff is only 14 kms from Coolangatta airport.

Location

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW It’s obvious why Kingscliff is so popular given how close it is to the Gold Coast.

A beautiful day

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW Kingscliff by the beach.

Kingscliff estuary

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW A nice peaceful picnic area.

 Picnic area beside the estuary.

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW Grab the morning paper & relax under the trees.

Time to hit the road & head south

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW I got an amazing deal on my hire car from Apex, 6 days hire and drop it off at Sydney airport for only $150, a special relocation deal.

Here we go

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW After an excellent breakfast I’m on the road again.

Hundreds of new townhouses

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW So many new homes, the demand is obviously here.

Other towns heading south.

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW All are nice little seaside villages, I may well wind up in this area when I return permanently to Australia in the next few years.

This was Chinderah on the way to Kingscliff.

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW One lazy pelican and Mount Warning in the distance.

The highway to Byron Bay.

 photo Driving to Byron Bay 1.jpg I thought I would bypass Byron Bay and head for Yamba.

Road tunnel

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW Cutting through the hills.

Inside the tunnel

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW Lucky for me there is very little traffic.

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Seaside Towns NSW Coast Australia

November 5, 2013 by David Herd

Ettalong

Ettalong central coastTowns on the NSW coast are really worth visiting, starting 80 kilometres north of Sydney we have Ettalong on the Central coast. This small town has so many wonderful memories for me as it was the place my family spent the Xmas holidays from when I was a small baby until I was a teenager. In those days the road was quite dangerous and wound around the mountains like a snake around a pole. The journey in those days took about 2.5 hours, now it’s just over an hour on the motorway.

Ettalong in 1953

Seaside Towns NSW Coast Australia Here I am at 10 years of age with young brother Warren and my grandmother Nan Tippett. Here is somewhere to stay in Ettalong with magnificent views over the water, the Tantra apartments.

Terrigal

Seaside Towns NSW Coast Australia Thirty minutes further north and a little more upmarket is Terrigal, another very popular holiday destination. Terrigal was first settled in 1826 by European Settler John Gray, who called his property Tarrygal, after the indigenous Aboriginal place name, signifying ‘place of little birds’. The town’s long beach is highly popular with tourists.

Peppers is a very nice hotel opposite the beach in Terrigal.
Port Macquarie

Seaside Towns NSW Coast Australia My favourite NSW coastal town, 400 kilometres north of Sydney, in fact my Australian residential address is here at my brother’s home. Warren has lived here for over 20 years and I always visit when I am in Australia.

Port Macquarie was first visited by Europeans in 1818 when John Oxley reached the Pacific Ocean from the interior, after his journey to explore inland New South Wales. He named the location after the Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie.

Vintage car rally in Port Macquarie.

Seaside Towns NSW Coast Australia Port Macquarie is a retirement destination, known for its extensive beaches and waterways. The town is also known for its koala population, being the home to the Billabong Koala Park, and the Koala Preservation Society’s Koala Hospital, caring for koalas injured through bushfire, dog attacks and collisions with vehicles.

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Coffs Harbour

Seaside Towns NSW Coast Australia Coffs Harbour  is  located on the north coast of New South Wales about 540 km north of Sydney, and 390 km south of Brisbane.  Coffs Harbour is one of many regional cities along the Pacific Highway between Newcastle and The Gold Coast.

Nice hotel in a good location

Coffs Harbour Observatory The Observatory hotel is just a short walk to several restaurants and cafes, the only downside is being woken early in the morning when the first train stops at the station 50 meters in front of the hotel.

Typical old Australian homestead

Seaside Towns NSW Coast Australia

A beautiful example of an early Australian homestead.

Iluka at the mouth of the Clarence River.

Seaside Towns NSW Coast Australia Iluka is a small village at the mouth of the Clarence River on the NSW coast. It is situated directly across the river from the resort town of Yamba. At the 2006 census, Iluka had a population of 1,739 people.  The town’s name is derived from an aboriginal word meaning “near the sea”.  It has long beaches on the ocean side of the river. It is reached by turning off the Pacific Highway approximately 20 kilometres north of Maclean.  As Iluka is a popular tourist destination its population increases slightly in the holiday season with many Gold Coasters in the summer and Victorians in the winter.

Byron Bay

Seaside Towns NSW Coast Australia Byron Bay is a beach-side town located in the far-north-eastern corner of the state of New South Wales. It is located 772 kilometres north of Sydney and 165 kilometres south of Brisbane.  The history of Europeans in Byron Bay began in 1770, when Captain James Cook found a safe anchorage and named Cape Byron after John Byron.

 It is a resort popular with both domestic and international tourists, including backpackers, who travel along the Australian coast; the scenery also attracts skydivers. The area is also noted for its wildlife, with the whale watching industry a significant contributor to the local economy.

Byron Bay

Seaside Towns NSW Coast Australia Only a 60 drive from where I lived in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, I would occasionally drive down for lunch at the famous pub near the beach.

Byron Bay lighthouse NSW coast

Seaside Towns NSW Coast Australia

Australia’s most easterly point.

Magnificent deserted beach near Byron Bay

Seaside Towns NSW Coast Australia

Miles of deserted beaches are all along this part of the coast.

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW 

A fairly typical coastal town with lots of coffee shops, tourists & terrific beaches.

Point Danger NSW coast

Seaside Towns NSW Coast Australia

Port Danger is on the border of New South Wales and Queensland. It’s a very popular location for surfers.

Port Danger

Seaside Towns NSW Coast Australia

Thanks for visiting my Seaside Towns NSW Coast Australia photo blog, it certainly is one of the world’s great coastlines.

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