When we moved from Traralgon in Victoria in 2010, we drove up to Kempsey to stay at Ned’s Bed, a pet motel, while we looked for a house. On the way up the mid-north coast of New South Wales, trogging along the Pacific Highway, we stopped off for a break at Port Macquarie.

It really is a lovely town, right on the Pacific Ocean and beside the huge Hastings River.  We had the best fish and chips at a chippie close to the sea, where everything was cooked to order and was deliciously fresh.

And then I took photos of a couple of the pelicans hanging around on the foreshore. Pelicans are common along this part of the coast, and they almost seemed to pose for photos.  I also took photos of a topsail schooner, the Alma Doebel, which had been built in Bellingen, an inland town on the Bellinger River, with the schooner sailing down the Bellinger to reach the sea.  It’s now a tourist attraction in Port Macquarie, but I don’t know if it ever goes out to sea now.

Pelican at Port Mcquarie, mid-NSW coast
This pelican was sitting high up on a lamp post overlooking the sea.

Pelican at Port Maquarie

Topsail Schooner, Alma Doebel, Port Macquarie


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