Sunday, August 30, 2009

A post from the coast

The mid-north coast that is. That's right, we are actually in New South Wales, at Smiths Lake, nearest large town Tuncurry. This area is generally called Pacific Palms, which sounds like a casino but is actually the name of a plant endemic here, the pacific palm. My nephew Malachy goes to Pacific Palms Public School. We dropped in for a look at it while touring the district today - across the road from the school is a pumping surf beach.

Its technically winter for one more day after today, but we have caught the end of a bona fide heatwave. It was warm enough to have a dip in Smiths Lake this morning, but only just. From there we drove around to Elizabeth Beach, pictured above. We went into a cafe this morning with furniture made out of surfboards - its that kind of place.

The tropicality of it all blows me away. Big palms and flowers and stuff fruiting all over the place - the only places I have been like this are the lowlands of Ecuador and a stopover once in Tahiti.

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