|overnight passage to Port Macquarie - what a way to break my day|
|Port Macquarie - heading into the Hastings River|
Life Goes On - The Hastings River Anchorage
Port Macquarie is a true water lover's paradise with the beautiful Hastings River waterway to play on or away from the river, Port Macquarie has clean and uncrowded beaches.
During our stay in Port Macquarie MrJ and I had ALANA ROSE anchored in the Hastings River a little way past the PM marina in extremely shallow water; that shallow that we would go partially high and dry during the big moon tides.
|you can always rely on a pelican or tow in the river waterways|
|do you get the idea that there are a few pelicans on or around the river|
|and then there were the corellas|
|the river waterway with its calmness was the perfect place for all kinds of water sports|
|swimmers were out in droves, every morning, swimming in the brown river waters|
|he got very excited to have his picture taken|
|and more kayaking|
|kayakers and dolphins|
|the anchorage between the marina and Pelican Island|
|this old steelie was too big to anchor near|
we would both swing different way and I know who would come off second best.....
|morning over the waterway|
|the neighbours are a bit messy|
|guess which is not like the others...............?|
the sloop on its side
|most days it was fine with a few clouds building in the west|
|other days it pored with rain|
|raining over the town of Port Macquarie|
|sunshine and clear skies was nice when it happened|
|cloudy skies make for great reflection photography|
The Things We Saw and Did Around Port Macquarie
|There was a Vintage Car Rally in the Resort grounds near the marina - some beautiful well kept old cars|
|MrJ and I took a stroll through the Sunday Markets|
|loved this man's metal work, not too many people around with expert Blacksmith skills|
|we could feed the fish at the marina while sitting sipping a glass of wine|
at the cafe
|then there was the carting jerries to get our fuel|
|we went for a beer at one of the local waterfront pubs|
|and met up with Marita and Jeff for a yummy Thai diner|
|sunset from downtown|
|sunset from the town jetty|
|Bella, Edward & Livy|
three of my grandkids were in town for the night over one weekend with mum, Carla and dad Corey
|we had lunch with Cherie, Tarryn & Lindy|
Port Macquarie’s most popular family beach, Flynn’s Beach, features café with a timber deck and grassed, shaded picnic area to the sand.
|Steve, Sam and Lindy enjoy a dip.|
More things we saw or did...................
There is a very interesting walk out along the the river to the mouth. Lining the edge of the walkway is the rock breakwall which has had most of its rock painted by local people.
|abstract rock painting|
|In the Zone|
The Park Street Bridge is only a small bridge that crosses the waterway to access the residential areas on Settlement Point, an island in the Hastings River. This bridge was directly west to our anchorage behind Pelican Island.
|Running the Bridge|
|A Moody Sunset|
|Steve and Sam were on the break wall to wave farewell|
|MrJ and I had calm seas and great weather to sail up the coast once again. Our next port of call was to be Iluke at the entrance of the Clarence River.|