Our timeshare is Novotel's Pacific Bay Resort. Here are some photos from our stroll around the grounds this morning.
|We are in the tower on the left.|
|Crested pigeon on the golf course.|
|Eastern water dragon on restaurant patio.|
This coastal resort town reminds us of Hawaii. On the hillside are banana plantations, avocado groves, and plumeria. The mountains have rainforests and spectacular waterfalls.
Exploring the town of Coffs Harbour, we started at Corambirra Point which we went to by accident. We really wanted to go to the marina and Muttonbird Island. We drove around the harbor to the other side by the marina, parked and walked to Solitary Islands Marine Park (SIMP) Muttonbird Island. The weather forecast was for 70% chance of rain/thunderstorms this afternoon, but we decided to hike up the island anyway.
At the end of the jetty walk to the island was a display about muttonbirds (wedge-tailed shearwaters).
Hiking the trail to the top of the island you could see muttonbird burrows all over the island. Muttonbirds are not here at this time of year.
|Muttonbird burrows are all over the island.|
|Looking south across the harbor and down the coast.|
|The marina at Coffs Harbour.|
We then went to the Info Centre and stocked up on maps and trail information for Waterfall Way. Weather was on the computer in the Info Centre. Forecast for tomorrow is thunderstorms and rain. No Waterfall Way for us tomorrow! However, the forecast for Monday and Tuesday is sunny with partial clouds. We will head out to spend two or three days hiking in the national parks along Waterfall Way on Monday.
With the cool, rainy weather, we drove to Forest Sky Pier at Sealy Lookout in Bruxner Park Flora Reserve in Orora East State Forest above Coffs Harbour. On the drive up the mountain we saw two Australian brushturkeys crossing the road.
The Sky Pier is a walkway pier over the top of the forests from which there is a 180 degree view of Coffs Harbour, the ocean, coastline and mountains.
|Forest Sky Pier|
|View of Coffs Harbour.|
|View southwest to the mountains.|
Shopping is on the agenda for tomorrow. It's something we can do in the rain.
We're looking forward to Monday so we can get outside and hike again.
Travel Bug out.