Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. In Australia it was sometimes rather difficult. We found out that there are quite some local beers, only known in that particular area. But anyway, we did like the Tooheys.
Tooheys is an Australian brewery in the suburb of Lidcombe in Sydney and is a standard lager. The brewery dates back to 1869 and the brand Tooheys was first brewed in 1930. Tooheys can be found on tap at almost any bar in New South Wales, although it is not so common in other states and sometimes even has a poor reputation overthere. We saw that it was also available in cans and bottles as Tooheys Draught. Good taste and flavour!
Still on the ocean waves
Coffs marina has limited berths but there's still quite a few yachts here. It's often used for people sailing between southern ports and the more warmer northern climates. When you're travelling across the bars in Australia, the law says you must wear a life jacket. It's surprising how many careless people have died ignoring this piece of advice.
Sapphire, something special
There's no big sign proclaiming this beach, just another turnoff off the Pacific Highway. It's a picturesque little spot though with colourful panoramas of the Tasman Sea.
The first shot is taken looking south after I scrambled up a steep cliff face almost into someone's backyard. It gives a good indication of the type of development that has taken place in the Coffs area if you blow it up and see the numerous apartment style building dotted on the hillsides.
The second shot was taken by turning 90 degrees out to sea and brings into view one of the Solitary Islands, noted for their diving to the point where they are marine reserves. There are a few commercial companies that will take you out but the word on the grapevine is that the one at Mullaway is the best.
Sapphire is located about 5 kms north of Coffs and you take the turn after the one for the standout block of holiday apartments.
This lookout is on the same road as to Sealy Lookout. Its located 1/2 km before you reach the top. A dirt road leads you to a seat at the end, where you can enjoy views over the Ocean and surrounds. Its probably a 30 -40min return walk, over a bumpy dirt track.
Located halfway between Brisbane & Sydney, it has a sub-tropical climate, that makes it a desirable location for holidays as well as for living.
Population in this area, is about 100,000.
15 National Parks.....................37 State Forests..........................
44kms of beautiful Beaches........................
World Heritage Area.......................What more could you ask for?
Nearby is Nambucca Heads, Woogoolga, Bellingen/Dorrigo, Urunga, and other smaller seaside villages.
Bananas, Avocado, Dairy & Beef farms are to be seen on a drive through the nearby countryside. There are several good lookouts also.
If you wish to spend some money, then there are plenty of activities and places to visit, THE BIG BANANA, being the one that everybody knows about.