30.11.2009 - 07.12.2009 32 °C
We arrived in Coffs Harbour on 30th November, after 4 hours of being cramped inside a very full Greyhound Coach. As soon as we arrived here, we instantly fell in love with the place. The weather was beautiful and the town was very pretty with lots of botanical gardens and nice houses. The hostel was equally as nice, very modern and friendly, and just a stones throw from the harbour itself. I decided as soon as we arrived that this was the place i wanted to be for my birthday. On the first day, we took a wander around the town, looked around the shops and took a walk to the harbour. From the harbour you could see or miles out to sea, and looking inland towards Coffs Harbour, you could see mountains and hills surrounding the town. On our second day, we decided to hit the beach, for a day of sun and surf (less of the 'surf' though). In the evening we just relaxed at the hostel and watched tv and films with the other backpackers. On the third day, we decided to go to the Pet Porpoise Pools, a small sealife park for dolphins, sealions, sharks, pelicans and a green turtle (ironically no porpoises, as apparently the dolphins are not classed as 'porpoises' anymore). The place was very small, but the facilities were great, and the animals had a lot of space. We watched the dolphin show, and both of us had a 'kiss from a seal' We also got to feed the sharks, and i stroked a huge green turtle, which was amazing. After the shows and feeding were finished, all the masses piled into the park restaurants to fill their stomaches, but me and Ryan decided to hang around the dolphin pool and watch the 2 male dolphins 'Zippy' and 'Bucky' swimming around for a while. The park keepers threw in a couple of balls and the dolphins grabbed them in their mouthes and swam up to us wanting to play ball, so we played catch with the dolphins for maybe an hour or so. It was a lovely experience for both of us, as we spent some time alone with them without masses of screaming toddlers and tourists with flashing cameras. At one point, one of the dolphins swam right up to us and rolled over letting us scratch his belly for a couple of minutes, which was an awesome experience. In the afternoon, we watched the second dolphin show, as well as the sealion show and spent a bit more time with the dolphins, once the majority of tourists had gone home. In the evening we sat in the hostel playing cards, and met a few Australian girls, and a german girl called Ines, who were all a good laugh. The next day (low and behold) it was my birthday, so we decided to hit the beach for another day of sunbathing with Ines. It was very strange spending my birthday in the blistering heat on the beach next to the sea, when usually it snows or rains and is rarely above 10 degrees!! In the evening, we sat in the hostel with a couple of staff members who worked at the YHA, and had a few drinks with them (everyone sang happy birthday to me, which was really sweet). After, we decided to hit the town, went to a couple of bars with an Irish guy we'd made friends with called Brendan, and a couple of other Brits staying at the hostel. On the very last couple of day at Coffs Harbour, we chilled in the hostel, or had a wander around town, before our departure to PORT MAQUARIE on the monday. It was the perfect end to a perfect few days.