Well what can I say, I swam with a dolphin this morning…..woohoo! I found about Dolphin Magic in Coffs several years ago and besides just being in the water and patting the dolphin I also got a foot push, a hand push and a belly ride as well as a hug and loads of patting. I also liked that they have a maximum of 4 people in the water and even better in my case, I was the only person, so got the entire experience to myself…..I never liked sharing much. So the day started off pretty well. After dropping off the wetsuit I wanted to get a few photos because yesterday afternoon I dropped my stuff in room and then went for a drive, only to realise I’d left my camera in the room. I didn’t end up leaving until after 12 and wanted to get to Newcastle so had about 400kms to cover but on Coffs, it’s a nice place, bigger than I expected although the CBD is very small town.
The weather has been gorgeous. Yesterday was about 23 with not a cloud in the sky, today was about 21 with blue sky and a few clouds. It was a great drive, constantly changing scenery, good roads, crossing lots of big rivers and so many photo opportunities that I would have loved to have come to a screaming stop and reversed back down the road but figured it probably wasn’t in my best interests. I’m amazed that as soon as I crossed the border into NSW the signs ‘Keep left unless overtaking” are strictly adhered to, it’s a pity that Queenslander’s have absolutely no concept of what that sign means. There’s not a sole in the right lane….unless they are overtaking…..they’re a Queenslander. I’ve also decided that my next car will definitely have cruise control, my ankle gets so tired.
I finally got to Newcastle just after 5 and most towns seem to caravan parks on the outskirts as you enter or exit but not Newcastle. I drove through what I think is the CBD (maps would be handy) and made my way the foreshore which was very pretty. Newcastle is much nicer and more modern than I expected. I imagined it to be very old and dirty but had been done up very attractively. I had no luck with the caravan parks and they are all nearly as dear as hotels, and nearly 2 hours later finally found a hotel that had a vacancy and also a kitchenette so I could cook up some of the food that was in danger of going off.
Well, it’s been a long day and tomorrow I’m heading off to Wollongong.