The Five Star Vagabond

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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Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie

March 23, 2017 by David Herd

Southern breakwall Hastings River

Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie actually began as an art competition in 1995 & gradually evolved into a fascinating outdoor gallery.

Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie

Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie Sadly after a small amount of complaints 12 in 10 years the rock art is now banned. It’s crazy how a few idiots can spoil things for the majority, what a shame the council won’t hold a vote on the issue.

Celebrating an engagement.

Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie Two lovers leave their mark to celebrate their engagement.

 The mouth of the Hastings River

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The river descends 1,040 metres (3,410 ft) over its 180 kilometres (110 mi) course. The Hastings river descends 1,040 metres from the Great Dividing Range over its 180 kilometres journey to the coast at Port Macquarie. 

Look closely and you will see the rock art. 🙂

A beautiful day to catch a fish.

 photo 46dbf827-1488-4e7f-8ba7-9847ec6a9df6.jpg One of the locals has picked a beautiful day to fish off the rocks.

Waiting for the big one 

Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie Actually I spoke to the guy who said he was trying to catch some small fish to use for bait.

Apparently their life is a circus.

Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie

It says so on the rock. 🙂

A great tourist attraction

Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie You can spend a very interesting hour or so checking out the Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie.

Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie

Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie And so it goes on & on, a great addition to this terrific coastal town.

  Port Macquarie’s Town Green

Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie This is a superb park where people relax and enjoy the perfect enviroment beside the Hastings River.

Oxley oval

Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie Just a short way along the road from the painted rocks is Oxly oval where cricket & football are played in beautiful surroundings.

A beautiful park beside the river.

Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie A great place to relax have a picnic lunch and check out the Painted Rock Art Port Macquarie.

Please check out my photo blog for Yamba on the Clarence River a little further north.

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Port Macquarie coastal village

August 5, 2014 by David Herd

Port Macquarie coastal village originally was a penal colony, these days many people retire in Port Macquarie on the NSW coast (4 hours north of Sydney), because of the temperate climate, good fishing & boating and nice beaches. I think it is the pick of the NSW coastal towns. 

At the end of this post you will see how one of my distant relatives Helen Gillies arrived in Port Macquarie in 1833 after being convicted for stealing in Glasgow and shipped to Australia. Helen was my grandfather’s grandmother 🙂

Port Macquarie is famous for fresh seafood

Port Macquarie coastal village

Beautiful fresh prawns & delicious oysters, in fact my favourite lunch in Port is prawns & avocado on freshly baked bread with a dozen oysters natural to begin.

The Hastings River

Port Macquarie coastal village

Hastings River is also the name of a small, developing wine region. The main clusters of vineyards are located in Port Macquarie and Wauchope.

The region was first planted with vines in the 1860s but recent history of the area has been pioneered by the Cassegrain family with Verdelho being the highlight of local wines.

Hastings River’s cellar door facilities, music events, regional restaurants, coastal attractions and great climate are serving to build interest in the local wine industry.

Beachhouse Pub formally Royal Hotel est 1840

Port Macquarie coastal villageGreat place to relax and enjoy a few cold beers on a hot day. 🙂

Vintage cars in Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie coastal village

Everybody loves these old cars.

Love the colour

Port Macquarie

Certainly not the original colour.

Luxury camper van

Coffs Harbour On the way to Port Macquarie we saw this luxury vehicle in Coffs Harbour.

My brother Warren lives in Port Macquarie

Warren Herd Port MacquarieWarren has lived & worked in Port Macquarie for over 20 years, he & his wife Kerry raised four great children who are now having children of their own. The Herd family has grown incredibly over the last 50 years, I have put a lot of the family history in a post called Following the Herd. My uncle Allan Herd also lived in Port Macquarie for many years, he passed away at the age of 95 in July 2012, his story as a soldier in WW2 is the most dramatic event in our family history, it’s a tale worth reading.


My lovely niece Laura & Jordan Millar.

Port Macquarie coastal villageLaura grew up in Port Macquarie, she is a talented singer/song writer. Here she is with her boyfriend Jordan Millar at The Fig in Port Macquarie.

Family & friends

David Herd Thailand Three brothers, Warren, Ian, David with Kerry and Chris enjoy dinner in Port Macquarie.

The Wall of China restaurant

                  Port Macquarie coastal village  Very good Chinese food at this popular restaurant.

Classic council sign

Port Macquarie coastal village

Here is a classic council sign in Port Macquarie on the NSW coast. A friend of mine who works for Trowbridge council in Wiltshire in the U.K. arranged for a couple of these to be erected in Trowbridge, after a couple of months and numerous complaints from the public they took them down.

And I thought the Pommies had a sense of humour.

Helen Gillies

Port Macquarie coastal village

Helen arrived in Port Macquarie in 1833 after being convicted for stealing in Glasgow and shipped to Australia. Helen was my grandfather’s grandmother, she was 4′ 11″ tall. 🙂

Records found in the Old Courthouse in October 1998

Port Macquarie coastal village

Port Macquarie coastal village

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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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