The Koala Hospital!!

Trip Start Nov 15, 2009
Trip End May 02, 2010

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Tuesday, February 2, 2010

We left our free campsite and headed north along the coast towards Port Macquarie. Plan A was to head to Seal Rocks as we had been told it was a nice spot, however when we nearly there the road went from sealed to unsealed quite unexpectedly! Betty (the campervan) really doesn't do very well on bumpy roads so we quickly decided to turn back, unfortunately that was after the tracking had been forced out yet again!

We first stopped at Elizabeth Beach, it was a really secluded little place with not much around it but the beach was nice with nice scenery around. We then headed towards Tuncurry-Forster and stopped off at Diamond Beach on the way through. At Forster we went to Cape Hawke Lookout, the carpark was 400 meters from the lookout, which doesn't sound far but when that 400m is all steps up it is quite far. The lookout at the top was worth it, it was a great view! The lake system joining the ocean.

We then drove on to Port Macquarie, we arrived about 5pm once we had sorted out the van and most importantly figured out how to put up the tarpoline (we brought new guidelines!) it was teatime. So we didn't see much of port macquarie today but the campsite is nice!

The next day we spent the morning trying to organise the rest of the trip up the East Coast as our visa came through so we confirmed our trips. Its going to be a tight fit! We then went to the free camo BBQ!!! What can I say we never miss out on anything that is free!!! It was sausage snags so Alex was happy got his meat fix! Rather strangely we bumped into a friend of Alex's called Andy and his girlfriend Lottie who we knew were travelling but didn't think that our paths would cross. We spent an hour or so talking with them, but then we had to get a move on because the best thing in Port Macquarie is they have a koala hospital and they do guided tours at 3pm everyday. So we walked down there I was very excited as we haven't seen any koalas yet! They are sooooo cute!!!!!! The hospital is also amazing and does a great job taking in sick or injured koalas and joeys. Some were so close and we got to see them being fed, others were in the trees so see if you can spot them! I have to say they are the most adorable wild animal and you just want to give them a big hug!

When we got back from the Koala Hospital we had a walk around town, I wanted to go to the book exchange as I have about 5 books that I have read and need new ones I carried them around all afternoon to then find the place and it was bloody closed down! Couldn't believe it! Alex thought it was really funny and took a photo of the moment! We spent the evening with Andy and Lottie exchanging stories of our travels, was nice to meet people from home!

The next morning we checked out of the campsite and once again had to do more orgainising-its never ending. We then walked around as we needed a few bits a pieces like shampoo and conditioner which Alex still donesn't understand why I need shampoo, comditioner and shower gel, if anyother woman would like to try and explain I would be grateful he thinks a shower gel does all things! We then started to head out of town and found a supercheap autos on the way, we stopped in and got some bargains for the van, new windscreen wipers, touch up paint, sandpaper and wheel trims all for under $35! Betty is having a makeover!

We then headed up towards Coffs Harbour with the plan of staying in a free camp for the night, but for some unknown reason the campsite was closed so we had to find somewhere to stay!
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Catherine again! last one for now! on

So glad that your paths crossed with Andy and Lotte! It is so weird to hear that you have seen each other, really great! Hope you had fun exchanging stories and were looking forward to hearing all of them when you all return! look forward to the next installments, will try to visit the blog a bit more often so all my comments dont come at once! take care, have fun! Much love xxxx

me again! sorry on

Have you got any photos with andy and lotte?? would be really nice to see you all!!

little sis on

AW guys i have had so much fun reading ur blog i have laughed and cried!!! Alex well done on the blog entrees very proud sister reading them and loving the photos - miss u guys loads but loving all the great places you are seeing together, speak soon , take it easy, lots of love Zoe Katherine XXX

Grandpa on

Good day clobbers,
I was fascinated by the koala hospital. Do they have a koala National Health or do they have to pay - perhaps they all belong to koala BUPA!
Great blogs and pics.
Love GP

Steve on

Hi Laura and Alex, Just finished reading the latest blog, they get better and better, we get a real flavour of Australia from them. The pictures are fantastic too. Take care
Mum and Steve xx

Karen and Paul on

Hello Laura and Alex,
Sounds as if you are having a fantastic time. Makes us want to come and join you, any quiz nights in Australia? Not getting any better at the qiuz. We miss you. Haven't read all your travel blog yet, will wait for chuffers to come around and read it with them.
Love The No Hopers xx

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