Port Macquarie – Blue Mountains
If you haven’t already, check out the last blog post about the first leg of the road trip, I’ll be picking up where I left off… in Port Macquarie. So the original road trip plan was to stop off in Newcastle for a day to break up the long drive to Sydney but with a forecast for heavy rain all day we decided we’d rather be in the car driving than roaming around Newcastle getting soaked (sorry Newcastle, maybe next time). We hit the road early – the daylight kind of woke me up early every morning but it meant more time for activities! – for the 4 hour drive planning to visit Taronga zoo as soon as we arrived but out little camper Space Race had other plans…
We broke down. Just as we reached Sydney the camper started acting realllllyyyy weird so we pulled into the nearest safe place to stop (the drop off lane of a private hospital – brill) and made some calls to Spaceships and the breakdown cover company and then we waited. And waited. And waited. About 5 hours after we initially pulled into the hospital we were pulling out with the camper on the back of a tow truck. Our first look at Sydney was as we drove over the Harbour bridge inside a tow truck…. we do things in style. Although our first day in Sydney was spent waiting around for a tow truck and then waiting around for a new camper, Spaceships were super helpful and managed to get us a new camper by the evening so we were back on the road to a campsite and ready to do over the next morning.
Lane Cove River Tourist Park was home for the next week – would recommend for its reasonable prices, clean facilities, location to city and plenty of walks to be had as it backs on to the national park. For our first proper day in Sydney we decided to start over and head to Taronga Zoo, it’s quite pricey around $40 for an adult (can buy online, at the zoo or get bundle tickets with other attractions) but it’s worth paying for the breathtaking views across the harbour alone! In addition to the amazing views the zoo itself is HUGE we spent about 4 hours navigating all the enclosures, seeing all the animals and stopping in on a few feeding time/bird shows. All in all Taronga Zoo was a great attraction, we spent almost the whole day here and definitely got our moneys worth!
The next couple of days were spent sightseeing in the city (sadly in very grey, rainy weather). After a whole day of wandering the streets, taking the obligatory Opera House selfies and browsing museums the next day was spent on the hunt for a sports bar/pub. The Mayweather v Pacquiao fight was on while we were in the city and so we met up with a local friend and spent an afternoon sheltering from the rain, drinking and watching the fight. Only real let down in the city is the parking prices (like most big cities) would recommend taking public transport into the city to avoid this cost – and the traffic.
After a few miserable days dodging rain in the city we were blessed with some sunshine, which could only mean one thing…. off to Bondi. We spent a whole day exploring the coastline; parked up near Bronte, took the coastal walk towards Coogee (beach hopping and paddling on the way) before turning back and heading along the coastal walk past Bronte and into Bondi for some lunch. The coastal walk really is special – I’d walk it every day if I was a local! The beaches along the walk are all slightly different but each one lovely in its own way, if the weather would have permitted I could easily have spent a week along the coast beach hopping.
After a week filled with sightseeing, beach hopping and roaming the city all that was left was saying goodbye to our local friend over brunch at Paper Plane Cafe – yummy coffee and laid back atmosphere – and then we were off into the mountains for a day at Scenic World, Blue Mountains.
The Blue Mountains National Park is enormous and time permitting I would have loved to have spent at least a few days hiking, camping and seeing all of its beauty but unfortunately we had time constraints to consider. So Scenic World is a great way to explore some of the park with knowledgeable guides and fast transport solutions like their cable cars, the worlds steepest railway into the valley and easy to use walkways. I was in awe of the size of the park, you can see in the photos that the park really does stretch as far as the eye can see! The mountains, the three sisters and Katoomba falls blew my mind – there’s just sooo much natural beauty in such a small space it’s impossible to take a bad picture here.
After a jam packed morning exploring the Blue Mountains we were back in the camper by the afternoon ready to continue our road trip – next up Jenolan Caves, Canberra and Melbourne…
Abbie May Travel