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.