Part 2 of the trip for Random Access Memories

After a night in the town of Wee Waa, the next two days would be spent seeing the sights and driving. A lot or driving. First stop here was localised to Wee Waa, it would be the CSIRO compact array of telescopes.

CSIRO Compact Array
CSIRO Compact Array

Not as big as the Parkes radio telescope (from the movie The Dish) but there’s six dishes here which move along a linear rail.

Big dish
Big dish

Interesting place with heaps of funky science info including a set of ‘whispering dishes’ where you could stand 30 metres apart and be able to whisper to another.

Whispering dishes
Whispering dishes

There were quite a few Kangaroos hanging about, but they’d scuttle away as I approached for a photo.

Next we’d drive to Tamworth as it’s along the way to Port Macquarie but not without first stopping at Bitter Suite cafe with a cute sign at the front.

Moustache?
Moustache?

Took me a little bit of time to get it, but their coffee was fantastic, probably one of the best I’ve had

Bitter Suite
Bitter Suite

On the way to Tamworth would be fields of wheat which extend for ages! Very pretty sight.

Fields and fields
Fields and fields

Tamworth was a quick break as time was getting the better of us, a quick nap then a quick snap of this iconic landmark.

Golden Guitar
Golden Guitar

The road to Port Macquarie would be an interesting one, on the map it looked delicious, kilometres and kilometres of twisty mountain road – perfect for the MX5 to eat them out.

Oxley Hwy
Oxley Hwy

As we began to hit the mountains, a sign for a lookout would be a good stop before the sun went down, very cold but the view from Moonbi park lookout was rather pleasant.

Moonbi lookout
Moonbi lookout

The sun was setting quick and it was rather dark when we hit the mountains. We chugged along but it just didn’t seem to end, the road felt like an endless stream of twists, left, right, u-turn, fantastic fun!

Setting sun
Setting sun

We eventually arrived at Port Macquarie and were in desperate need of food. A search on UrbanSpoon led us to ‘The Stunned Mullet’ a modern Aussie/Asian cuisine type of place.

The Stunned Mullet
The Stunned Mullet

More on this in another blog. A night passed and as morning came, it was time to go have some breakfast and explore. Port Macquarie is a lovely place with lovely beaches spanning left and right.

Lovely beaches
Lovely beaches

It’s a shame it was so cold, it’d make an excellent summer getaway. Our stay at Port Macquarie would be a short one as we would have to make our way back home.

More beaches
More beaches

On the trip home we saw an enticing sign – ‘Best scones on the coast’ and immediately decided we had to pull in.

Best scones on the coast
Best scones on the coast

There was a little country house dressed up rather cutely and with a lovely backyard. Chickens would scuttle about everywhere and you could get some delicious scones and coffee to satisfy your appetite.

Chickens!
Chickens!

They were loaded up with plenty of cream and jam and were rather delicious, it was a huge mistake for us to order 8. 4 was plenty to fill us up.

Too many scones
Too many scones

As we made our departure, Karyne the silly girl somehow tipped a bag of maltesers everywhere, looked like I had poop all over my car.

Poop balls
Poop balls

The drive home would be filled with plenty of more surprises – I never knew that Ayers Rock was in NSW!

Ayers rock
Ayers rock

As the sun was setting, we stopped by in Newcastle to admire some of the beaches, Blacksmiths beach was a lovely stretch of beach and was a lovely sight as the sun set.

Blacksmiths beach
Blacksmiths beach

On the other side however, a lake which looked into the sun was simply surreal, there was a lovely blue contrasted against a vivid orange setting sun, complimented lovely by the silhouette of the foliage.

Lovely sunset
Lovely sunset

That would be the final stop in our trip, it was a pleasant getaway and was a great excuse to explore some places where we’d never actually go otherwise.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *