The Mecca Of All Things Big Downunder
On the road again, heading South. We left Mermaid Beach somewhat early this morning from our cramped room with sub par instant coffee. Thankfully, not far down the road was a "real coffee" place open. I ordered up a tall long black for the road and was all set. I was desperate for the good coffee and took a sip too soon and seared the top of my gums. Ouch. Seriously, I love the fact that this is the land of less litigation, but it also teaches you to be damn careful. Lesson learned.
We passed over the border into New South Wales (the land of speed cameras) and more greenery. The Pacific Hwy was much faster and we cruised on down to Byron Bay and stopped at the Sunday market. Wow, was it crowded and finding a place to park the car was a bit of a chore. It was well worth it after we entered and saw booths galore of all types selling various goods and foods.
It was raining a bit, but it was a warm Spring rain, so no worries. I was ready for some food and the German Brats looked dang tasty and indeed they well. We avoided the mud puddles and also grabbed a smoothie for the road after getting our fill of browsing the various goods. We got back on the road and pushed on. I'll try to be kind here, but my dad tuned the radio to a much more mellow jazz station. The music sounded a bit like lounge music and the DJ sounded like she had been sedated with an animal tranquilizer. All that was missing was a strong drink. Well, it might have been this, but I think my dad might have passed one of those 50km/h speed cameras a bit too fast in a town. I was almost asleep and glanced up to see the speedometer, and I'm mainly writing this now as documented proof that it was his driving and not mine if it comes down to it.
After passing through Ballina and Woodbum we reached a rest area at New Italy. I swapped positions in the car and took over the driving for the rest of the trip. Onward to Grafton, Woolgoolga, and Coffs Harbour. On the outskirts of Coffs Harbour we reached the holly land of all things big: The Big Banana.
Truly, what a wacky wonderful place it was. Stuffed monkeys galore in the gift shop and plenty of banana paraphernalia.
In the gift shop I was also accosted by a Japanese couple video recording everything they saw including me. The man came over and posed next to me while I was paying for some Big Banana related goods at the register. I told him photos were $10. I think he played dumb and acted like he didn't understand me. Hmmmmm... Then his wife stood next to me. So, for the record I will be apart of their Big Banana Aussie trip video. Classic.
As previously mentioned there are plenty of big things here in Australia. There was a book in the gift store that covers them all, but here's a quickie version thanks to the great poster at The Big Banana.
Even if you are the trip of a lifetime and trying to see them all, good luck. Australia is very big and they are spread out all over the place. You are better off just buying the book. Back on the road after The Big Banana. We thought about staying around Nambucca Heads, but it was early so we kept on going. I still had plenty in the tank for driving so I didn't mind. Through Macksville, Barraganiatti, Bellimbopinni, and Kempsey. We made our new destination as Port Macquarie, which is indeed a lovely coastal town. Checked into the Oxley Cove, which gave us a MUCH larger place to stretch out in. At Mermaid Beach we basically had to inhale in order to let the other person pass by, and here we are back to separate rooms, a full kitchen and a nice lounge space. We headed into the town center ready for some food once again. Ready for some Chinese food again we tried The Wall of China. I guess they couldn't call it great, but it was pretty tasty. And based on the Chasers War On Everything I think The Great Wall of China is somewhere around Darwin and not Port Macquarie. After dinner we headed to Tacking Point Lighthouse to catch the sunset. Very gorgeous indeed.
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