Sawtell

Saturday 13 Feb 2015 On Saturday morning we transported a couple of the larger items from the lock-up in Coffs Harbour to Sawtell. Ruby had found another future housemate called Cat, who we had the fortune to meet later that morning on the way to the house that she, Ruby, Toby would be moving into…

Ulidarra National Park

Friday 12 Feb 2015 On Friday morning we received a text message from the dive shop to say that our snorkelling trip to the Solitary Islands had been cancelled due to a swell whipped up by high winds off the coast. This was perhaps an intimation of dangerous weather conditions than would a week later…

Woolgoolga Creek

Thursday 11 Feb 2015 After Ruby had driven to work, Susie and I went to the Surf Club for a leisurely breakfast.  We then booked a snorkelling trip at a dive shop nearby, and drove to Ruby’s work to drop off some paperwork that she had forgotten to take with her. After an obligatory stop…

Bindarri National Park

Wednesday 10 Feb 2015 We dropped Ruby at work early so that she and Toby could discuss their ongoing plans to find rental accommodation. Susie and I then drove to The Big Banana tourist information centre. Unfortunately the office was staffed by volunteers who could not provide detailed information about road conditions; but we managed…

Bongil Bongil National Park

Tuesday 9 Feb 2015 First thing in the morning, I went shopping for picnic supplies while Susie checked out the local op shops. We then set out for Bongil Bongil National Park via Repton. We parked the car at the end of Tuckers Rock Road and walked along a charming path that took us north…

Park Beach

Monday 8 Feb 2015 We dropped Ruby at the ABC office in Coffs Harbour on Monday morning, and drove to Macauleys Beach. It was windy so we sat in the car for while, watching the waves break on the shore while a group of young campers organised a slap-up breakfast on the grassy verge beyond…

Dorrigo National Park

Sunday 7 Feb 2015 On Sunday we went to the harbourside market with Ruby. The crowd was a curious mixture of young families and ageing hippies; the atmosphere was friendly and laid back. There was a mixture of white elephant stalls and commercial stalls with pleasant-smelling placebos and other expensive new age bumf. A folk…

Mutton Bird Island

Saturday 6 Feb 2015 Before Ruby went to Coffs Harbour, she contacted a potential housemate called Toby on social media. After she arrived, she and Toby met up and decided that they would commit to finding a rental property together. On Saturday morning we went to Urban café where Ruby and Toby filled out applications…

Coffs Harbour by bicycle

Friday 5 Feb 2015 We decided to spend our first day touring the town by bicycle. We got off to a false start at Ventoux Cycles which falsely advertises bikes for hire on a billboard over the entrance. We were referred on to JR Cycles on Harbour Drive, where we hired three bikes and got…

Hello Coffs Harbour

Thursday 4 Feb 2016 At the beginning of 2016, our daughter Ruby completed her cadetship as a journalist with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). The ABC posted her to its regional office in Coffs Harbour in February, and put her up there for two weeks in a motel while she looked for long-term accommodation. Susie…