We have been very busy while we have been in Port Macquarie. The weather has been terrific, sunny with not a lot of wind, temperatures in the high teens or low 20s.
Last Saturday we did a more comprehensive shop to stock the fridge and cupboard for our week here, and went on to a local market which was interesting. There was also a good playground for the girls to have some fun.
After lunch we went for a walk to the beach. We didn’t actually mean to go for a swim so the girls were wearing clothes, not swimming costumes. The tide was coming in and being a shallow beach, the waves while small, came in very quickly.
The girls were soaked in no time.
They had good fun there, but then it was back to the apartment for showers and some washing.
On Sunday we drove down to Laurieton for a look along the coast and some of the beaches, and another market, then up to the Middle Brother Mountain lookout, high up above Laurieton.
After a good look around and a bush walk with the girls, it was back to the resort for a swim in the pool, heated to a comfortable 28°. The girls had a great time, but Ella must have had some water still in her ear as she woke up after midnight with an earache and so we had a visit to the hospital about 2am to get some help to see just what was the problem.
The nurse gave her some medicine and a doctor checked her out closely and said that she may have had a slight infection but may have just been a bit of water pressure internally. The next day we bought some medicine so that we could be prepared for any recurrence, but it proved not to be needed as Ella has been fine since.
The girls have had several craft sessions through the week, all hosted by local operators for the school holidays.
Lily coloured in a very well decorated Koala and did a good job of it too.
Ella did a scratching of a spacemen which was very elaborate.
They both made collages of a variety of artwork that they created, mounted on card that they had printed earlier.
One day, we all went to a Koala Hospital which has saved a lot of Koalas over the years.
As Koalas sleep 18 to 20 hours a day when they are well, there wasn’t a lot of action but it was very interesting.
Port Macquarie is one of the older settlements in Australia, first established as a penal colony in 1820, and it’s proud of its history. There are several museums in and around the town and many older buildings open to visit.
We visited Roto House which is a restored timber house built about 130 years ago by the Flynn family as their home.
The house is large, 11 rooms and none of them are the kitchen, bathrooms or laundry, apparently these were originally external to the main house and were not restored.
Another day we visited the Port Macquarie Courthouse, 160 years old, and not used as such these days.
Judge Lily was in session.
Judge Lily sentenced Poppy to not having any of the chocolate coated strawberries for dessert.
‘Twas a harsh sentence indeed.
The girls were able to dress in period costume which was fun.
We played mini golf another day, sorry no pics.
There is a trail of Koala sculptures around Port, 58 of them in total. The Tourist Office has printed an information sheet to help kids seek them all out and we have been on the trail.
They are decorated by local artists and are very colourful.
Here is Garage Girl, outside the Courthouse.
The Cyclist was another in the town.
Oceania was out by the Pacific Highway.
In all, we did visit 25 of these colourful Koalas.
Today we visited the Bago Maze near the winery of the same name at Wauchope, the largest maze in NSW.
An interesting maze and a new experience for Ella and Lily, we navigated our way through the maze to the 2 towers and out again, but we found most of the hidden items along the way.
Here are the tubular chimes that played interesting tunes.
This hatching dinosaur was cute.
The maze conquered, Ella and Lily had to have a roll down the steep hill.
They set a trend, before long all the kids outside the maze were doing it.
We went for another swim in the resort pool this afternoon, but it was closed for maintenance unfortunately. The girls still had a splash in the kiddies pool.
Now we are packing up, back to Mick’s tomorrow, It’s been fun, but the girls are back to school next week.