Port Stephens to Newcastle, NSW.

Port Stephens:

After a short drive we arrived at Port Stephens, it was school holidays and this was the closest we could get to Nelson Bay. For the most part we have not booked ahead and haven’t had any issues, always being able to still get one or two nights, but this time we ended up 40 mins away from the bay we wanted to visit, so we decided on one day trip. At the caravan park we took Esther swimming in the pool, I practiced my Physio stretches (as my Sacro-iliac Joint was playing up, newly pregnant) and Esther discovered she has her own table and bench seat:

Tomaree Mountain Walk:

At the recommendation of our friends from Newcastle we went and did this walk in Nelson Bay, it had beautiful views as you’ll see below.

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The wall of aqua through the trees.

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Ant with a golden bum!

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I thought I looked quite pregnant in this photo. Not compared to now!

Lake Macquarie: (Apparently there are sharks in the lake… but no crocs!)

In late 2006 I volunteered as a missionary for my church and was in this area. I met loads of people and was able to catch up with a lovely couple and their family while we were there. We also went looking for the house I used to live in, in Toronto. I showed Daniel “the” house.. 3 times until I finally found the one I actually lived in. Turns out 11 years on things are not as familiar as they used to be.

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Loooove this smile.

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The Vowels x
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Tawny Frogmouth spotted in the tree, by the ever observant Dan of course!

Views from Fort Scratchley Museum, Newcastle:

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Next Stop: the hustle and bustle of Sydney.

 

Brisbane, QLD.

Ah Brisbane… Well we drove straight through the heart of the city with a caravan in tow, arrived safely at the dodgiest caravan park we have been to in alllll of Australia so far. I actually voiced that opinion on Wikicamps and you know my rule, it has to impress to bother typing.

It was rainy and I was still dealing with morning sickness, so again, not fond memories of the place. Plus.. we received a very heartbreaking phone call and made quick reservations to fly home to see my uncle before he passed. We made it and I am so grateful for the short time we were able to spend with him and extended family. We were also very grateful for those who helped store our car and caravan and who put us up and put up with us back in Perth.

So here are some of the highlights of Brisbane, although my camera lens died shortly after these photos so there aren’t many! Missing are photo’s of a reunion with a lovely family I initially met in Newcastle, NSW who had us over for dinner, we bought some ice creams for dessert to share and Esther insisted on going around to each person for a lick of their ice cream!

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10 years on? Once again, so nice to meet up with friends. The Great ASNM. Although we met in New Zealand at the Missionary Training Centre in 2006.
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Esther thought playing in the rain was the way to go!

Southbank:

This was an awesome place to visit and great for kids. We don’t have anything like it in Perth (that I know of). In the photo Esther still has a hold of a frangipani¬† flower she picked!

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