The Werrikimbe experience 2
Since the walks at Brushy were too long for the amount of time I had, I headed down the road to Plateau Beech. This is a bush camp area with toilets and a covered area with bench seating where you can eat. It also has a wonderful rainforest walk.
It was just before midday when I embarked and head off along the track to the first waterfall.
As you can see, ferns figure prominently once you get on the trail though the most common trees are Antarctic Beech (sometimes called Negrohead Beech), Coachwood, Prickly Ash, Sassafras and Corkwood.
The backlighting that occurs through shafts of light penetrating the forest canopy makes the place look surreal but can be extremely difficult to recapture in photographs, as you may note in pictures two and three.
Laurieton is a classic seaside Aussie village set on the banks of a river.
It's a bustling litle hamlet less than half an hour south of Port Macquarie with all the infrastructure you need for a holiday.
There's the good beaches, particularly North Haven (also the name of one of the suburbs); the river, long renowned for its fishing; lots of recreational space, none better than from where this photo was taken at the top of Big Brother Mountain where there are picnic tables, lovely grassed areas and 250 degree views over the ocean and hinterland.
It has plenty of accommodation, two licenced clubs, hotels and a shopping centre with supermarket.
Port Macquarie & Around
Early one morning I took a drive south of Port Macquarie and after 5km thought I would see what the beach looked like. The water was the same, however there was a huge Totum Pole overlooking the beack.
"Sunset Over Port Macquarie."
This photo was taken from our balcony and I found it hard to follow the setting sun eastward over the Pacific Ocean. Where I live the sun sets to the west over the Indian Ocean in Western Australia.
"Fishing Boat Outward Bound"
The ocean waters off the Port attract many fisherman and there are a number of fishing boats offering day and half day trips from the Town Wharf. Whale watching is also available.
This well was built in 1840 by convict labour and was used to provide water to the convicts.
One of the displays in the Museum, located on Clarence Street and well worth a visit.
"Walking The Hastings Riverside"
Make the time to walk the Hastings River fom the Town Green to where it emeets the Pacific Ocean. A most enjoyable 20 minute walk with interesting local art on the rocks.
"The Boatman's Cottage"
Down by the Town Wharf the boatshed is open to the public for several hours.