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This is my story from the time when Capt'n John and I first decided to sail around the big block, to circumnavigate this great land of ours, AUSTRALIA.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Catching Up with Family in Port Macquarie

Catching Up with Family in Port Macquarie
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
We went with the family for a fun day at the beach
Port Macquarie’s most popular family beach, Flynn’s Beach, features cafĂ© 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
The town beach is off the southern side of the Hastings River mouth. It is here, when the surf is running, that the boys and girls ride the waves.
In the Zone
Wipe Out

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.
Red Sunset
Running the Bridge
Another Runner
A Moody Sunset
Soon came the morning to be leaving............

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.

1 comment:

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