Monday, 18 April 2016 – Sunday, 24 April 2016
Where we stayed: North Coast Holiday Park, Red Rock, NSW
Today we set off North to Red Rock for a week of exploring and relaxing! Red Rock is a small coastal town on the Mid North Coast around 30 kms north of Coffs Harbour.
Although we have lived in QLD and travelled the Pacific Highway in this direction many many times, we haven’t done a lot of camping in North East NSW.
After a short stop and lunch break in Port Macquarie we arrived at North Coast Holiday Park in Red Rock where we were booked in until Monday. For the middle of the school holidays it was surprisingly quiet.
Beautiful park with lovely amenities, very close to the beach and river!
We had a wander around the park and down to the beach which had lots of small rock pools that the kids were going to have fun in during our stay!
Justin’s parents also joined us for the week.
EXPLORING RED ROCK!
We woke to a beautiful day and we were keen to get out and explore Red Rock!
On one side of the van park was the river and the other side had access to the beach. Little Beach is a smaller beach at the mouth of the river. It is great for the kids with lots of small rock pools when the tide was out. Popular fishing spot!! The main beach is a great spot (not so much for swimming with the kids) but we had lots of fun playing in the sand and paddling in the shallows. You can also reach the headland at the northern end of the beach which provided a beautiful outlook.
After breakfast we set out to have a look at the river. Beautiful spot and the kids enjoyed a play in the park adjacent to the van park. We walked around to the boat ramp and further on to the boardwalk which weaved along the river. The kids were keen to check out Main Beach so we headed down there for a play before lunch.
LAZY DAY @ RED ROCK!
Today we had a lazy day around the caravan with a bit of fishing and geocaching!
TOURISTS IN COFFS HARBOUR!
Today we ventured into Coffs Harbour and visited Dolphin Marine Magic! It was fantastic the kids (and us) thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!! Caitlin was kissed by a seal and Tyler was smooched by a dolphin! The seal and dolphin show was very entertaining and the penguins very very cute!! There was also a school holiday reptile show which was very informative and child focused (and a little scary from time to time).
We had the BEST fish burgers and chips for lunch at Yknot Bistro (check out the pic..yum!).
After lunch we went out to explore the beautiful Butterfly House. There were hundreds of beautiful butterflies we were able to walk among…one even landed on Caitlin! We tried our luck in the maze and found the middle, filled in our quiz and even scored a lollipop when we took our pencils back!
Of course on the way back to Red Rock we stopped at the Big Banana for a pic!!
RELAXING IS THE NAME OF THE GAME!
The last few days were made up of fishing, beach fun and a whole lot of not much before we packed up and set off for home on Sunday.
We did venture to the near townships to have a look: Corindi Beach, Arrawarra, Mullaway, Sapphire Beach. Pretty little spots right on the beach!