One last beach to visit on our trip to the Mid North Coast. Boambee Beach stretches north from Sawtell all the way to Coffs Harbour, almost 6km away.
Once again, it was a leash-free beach, so Bridie enjoyed another scamper through the sandbanks. She certainly was spoilt by all the leash-free beaches on this trip.
There were many sniffs, but she behaved well, unlike a beagle x poodle dog we saw, who stole a lady’s chips while she sunbathed! Thankfully, Bridie was happy just to feel the wind in her ears.
That’s the end of our Northern NSW journey. We’ll once again go closer to home next time.
As we approached the beach.
We could look back and see how far we’d come.
We watched the river’s last run to the sea.
Before heading back to shore.
Let’s start our board walk.
First, we crossed the sandbar.
Where there were birds of all types.
Then on to the break wall, with a lovely view upstream all the way back to the hills.
Where we got close up to a hunter.
And its prey.
We are exploring another seaside place – Urunga, some 30km south of Coffs Harbour. A great feature of the town is its boardwalk, which runs for 1km over the lagoon from the town to its ocean beach. It was originally built in 1908, restored in 1988, and extended to its current length in 2010.
It follows the Kalang and Bellinger Rivers as it winds past mangroves…
The photos I took haven’t done it justice – it’s a gem.
The next day we headed back to the coast to the town of Urunga, just a few k’s away from Mylestom. But before we start exploring, how about a little floral interlude. We found this bottlebrush right by the estuary. It must be a real salt-loving variety.
We ended the day with a quick detour to the mouth of Bellinger, at the village of Mylestom.
As you can see, the escarpment isn’t so far away on this part of the coast, so one can easily go from the mountains to the sea in an hour or so.
We’ll take another wander around this coast line in my next post.
North of Gleniffer wound the Promised Land loop. A name like that generates high expectations. Let’s see what we found.
Rolling pastures and rainforested hills.
Old wooden bridges over a clear, cold stream.
Never Never Creek that would be a perfect place to cool off on a steamy summer’s day.
It was obvious even after a quick drive-through why the early settlers thought this vale the land of fairy tale. Enchanting.
Ten kilometres north of Bellingen lies the hamlet of Gleniffer, in the vale just below the Dorrigo escarpment. It’s a good place to go on a leisurely drive or cycle. Last time I was here was over 10 years ago, but it hasn’t grown much since.
The community was built on dairy, and there were still a few cows grazing although they were more beef cows.
There was a cute church.
And a hall. And not much else. But everything was well-kempt, meaning that there must be an active community hereabouts.
Elsewhere on the mainstreet, the architecture ranged from art deco…
Through to country.
But on a weekday the entire community seemed to congregate along cafe alley – a short street full of coffee shops!
In the summer, I would think that people would go down to the Bellinger River. It was flowing quite placidly when we were there, but is quite prone to flooding.
Next stop for us was the Mid-North coast. We visited the river town of Bellingen. The main street was quite impressive for a place built on timber and dairy.
The pub was beautifully preserved and was built in a style that’s really different to the pubs inland. It’s also the hangout of David Helfgott, who lives nearby.
Next door was the old general store, now trading as a clothes shop.
The town was full of residents in the winter, and even though it had a bit of a hippy feel, wasn’t as inundated by tourists as those towns further north.