The next morning at the Blue Mountains was not at all as perfect as the morning before. We had to rush to take the tent down before it absolutely started chucking it down with rain. We unluckily only managed to get half of it down before the rain started, and so the tent was already soaked after night number two! Oh well! Packed and ready we headed into Katoomba for a well earned, hearty breakfast at a café. We decided on a place called Cleanslate cafe and ordered coffees, hot chocolates, chai lattes and warm food. I went (obviously) for bernaise eggs with bacon. We then sset off towards Newcastle and enjoyed sitting in the dry car as the thunder and lightning continued on outside.
By Newcastle though, the rain decided to pause for a bit and we enjoyed lunch at a local, free zoo. I particularly enjoyed the birds. Australia has soo many colourful birds it’s ridiculous! We continue onwards and arrived by late afternoon to Fingal Bay by Port Stephens. This place was a family friendly site with more permanent and long-term campers established. After setting up the tent and making dinner Shawnee, Max and I (Steven wasn’t feeling all that too well) enjoyed a night swim, with the pool to ourselves! I can’t remember last time I have laughed that much from being in the pool, we were like kids and played games like Marco Polo, racing and “can you hear what I am saying underwater”.
The next morning the weather was beautiful again and we could finally go to the beach! Packed down again for the next drive, we then spent the afternoon taking in the rays at Fingal bay beach! The bay was beautiful, and in hindsight probably my favourite beach of them all. The water was calm and cool, sparkling in all kinds of shades of blue and green. We walked along the beach around to the island that connected to the bay when the tide was out. We crossed the narrow streatch of sand, where water was coming towards us from both sides and then decided to pop in the water for a swim! The water was so clear and divine, I think I could have happily stayed there forever. We eventually made our way back onto the sand where we lay for a couple of hours attempting to tan. Just before we headed back again to the car site we were greeted by a pod of dolphins (most likely bottlenose dolphins) that entered the bay for a bit of splashing and fishing. What a sight! Could this bay be anymore perfect?
By mid- afternoon we set off towards Port Maquarie (or Crecent head) and arrived at the… wrong campsite.. We didn’t realize this until the morning after that the one we were intending to go to, with showers, facilities and a little shop was in fact the neighbouring campsite around the corner, with practically the same name!! Bitterly disappointed, but too lazy to de-tent and re-tent we roughed it out at the campsite fate had lead is to with water you had to boil before you drink, and open showers where you needed to wear your swimmers unless you wanted to indecently expose yourself to the rest of the campsite. A beautiful area though, tucked away in what seemed like the middle of nowhere with lots of bird life and beautiful beaches. We weren’t reeeally that fussed then! We learned on that campsite too that setting up your tent under trees for shade is a MUST in Australia (wops, live and learn)!