We drove out to Port Macquarie over the weekend, so I could write about it for an assignment. It’s a 4.5-hour drive from Sydney. Highways here are so different! They’re mostly two lanes and you run into roundabouts every so often. Exits are on the left and the right. We copped quite an attitude with the GPS voice with her poorly worded directions. Navigating which path to take at the roundabouts took some getting used to, but we eventually made it.
We ate out for breakfast, or as they call it here brekkie, which Nicola loved. I’m pretty sure we only eat out for brekkie when we’re on trips or have visitors.
There’s so much to do in Port Macquarie! We’re already planning a trip back.
This beach was 10-minutes by foot from our hotel.
Tim got to his turnaround point during his morning run and bent over to take a breather. And noticed RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIS FACE was a 6-foot monitor. They mutually scared each other and it ran into the bush.
There’s a great coastal walk, which I needed because we ate our way through their big food festival Tastings on Hastings.
Sometimes I really hit the jackpot on assignments and this was definitely one of those times. Aside from learning about more sustainable food practices in town and all the incredible breweries and wineries, we got to get up close & personal with the animals at Billabong Zoo Koala & Wildlife Park.
We pet a koala named Hannah Lee and a dingo and A SNAKE. Nicola said, “Mom, I’ll touch the snake if you do it with me.” OH, OK, yes, let’s go pet the snake then. GREAT.
Then we fed the wallabies by hand.
Definitely one of my favorite days in Australia to date!