Port Macquarie & surrounds

The way along the coast wasn’t as dreamy as we imagined…

Cesta podel pobrezi nebyla ani tak zdaleka idylicka jak by si mnozi mysleli.




Port MacQuarie
Who’d think PORT M. is all about a big harbour and ships is wrong. Well, “furry” wrong. Port M. is nowadays all about cuddly koalas. You will see them everywhere in different material, colours, they even have them alive 🙂

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Another perk of this beautiful city is the most amazing coastal walk. You will go past different colored stones, pretty awesome, hm?

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It is a sort of outdoor art gallery. There is so many of them. Some carry messages whereas others are real piece of art.

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Port M. has a unique hospital. KOALA hospital :). The only one in Australia! Entry is free and you can watch patients being feed every day at 3pm. The nurses will tell you stories about each of their patient. Most of the koalas are hurt somehow. Some were rescued from a fire, some from a dog attack, car accidents.. and most of them will never return into wild again.

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Port M. has also beautiful beaches. The water is a bit cold, but the coastal walk continues and leads to one of the most beautiful lighthouses we had ever seen. Check the gallery 🙂

There is a big community for troopy carriers owners in AU and almost all “brothers” help each other out and greet each other when they meet on-or-off-road. This was no exception and we left a funny note for the other bloke 🙂 Troopcarriers of Australia all the way !!!

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Newcastle
Before we arrive to Newcastle we make a quick stop in Williamtown which is host to a dogfighter museum – Tomino’s wet dreams become reality and Radunka spends the rainy day in a car 🙂
Zoe keeps getting worse – all the dashboard lights keep coming on and off. Ironically this is called Christmas tree effect :(. And so Newcastle becomes only a service stop over and we get a new alternator as a Christmas gift. Not so bad but could be better, right?

Newcastle has a nice promenade and seems much older than other cities. There’s heaps of good graffiti in streets. Worth checking out.

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Belmont
We enjoy graffiti even in Belmont but most of all – it’s Christmas day for us. We make a quick stop in second-hand and each buy a “love-at-first-sight” toy. Radunka gets a cute little sheep and Tomino gets slightly “retarded” snowman which now sits at the bumber. Hope the police won’t check us..

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After enjoying gingerbread ice cream we continue towards Sydney. Somewhere along the way we make a necessary stop to make a #1 Christmas food – potato salad.
Our Christmas dinner is quite the opposite of what we would like – we dine alone in the heat of Sydney sun and not with our families while it’s snowing outside. Maybe next year…

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Port MacQuarie
Kdo si mysli, ze prijel do velkyho pristavu je na omylu. Tomuhle mestu dominuji koaly! :)Najdete je tu ve vsech moznejch podobach – sochy, plysaky, ale I zivy.. Jedno maji ale spolecny – vsechny jsou roztomily 🙂

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Ok, sochy mame za sebou, co nas jeste ceka? Je tu sexy promenada podel plaze (hodne vetrna ale stoji za to), kterou lemuji velke kameny nabarvene snad kazdym mistnim obyvatelem.

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Od ruznych vzkazu, afirmaci po umelecka dila, najdete tu od kazdyho neco. I co se materialu tyce. Je to tak trochu jako galerie na plazi. V lete idealni na prochazku, hm? 🙂

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Dalsim unikatem tohohle sympatickyho mestecka je KOALA hospital. Je to jedina koali nemocnice v Australii. A co je jeste lepsi? Je otevrena pro turisty a dokonce zadarmo. Kazdy den ve 3 muzete pozorovat jak osetrovatelky krmi tyhle plysovy stvoreni formulou – z lahvicky jak maly mimca :). K tomu vam povi pribeh kazdeho pacienta. Spousta koal se zrani pri pozaru, na silnicich nebo kdyz na ne zautoci pes… a vetsina uz se do divociny neni schopno navratit.

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Port M. ma krasny I kdyz trosku studenejsi plaze. Jsou lemovany stezkou a konci u pohadkoveho majaku..pokochejte se sami v galerce:). S navstevou majaku opoustime tohle mestecko. Jeste nez ho ale opustime, potkavame stejny auto a jak uz to tak mame ve zvyku parkujeme vedle neho a nechavame vtipny vzkaz za okynkem. V AU existuje cela komunita majitelu tehlech aut, kteri se vyborne podporuji, radi a na silnici radne bujare zdravi 🙂

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Po navsteve idilickeho Portu M., nas ceka uz min idilicky vnitrozemni mestecko Taree. Populace je tu jedna z nejobeznejsich co jsme vubec zatim kdy videli. Neda nam to a na parkovisti na dece u supermarketu se cpeme zmrzlinou abychom lepe zapadli a nebo vypadli? Nase idylka trochu odpada s prichodem deste, nutnym vynechanim jednoho krasnyho parku a se zlobici Zoinkou.

Newcastle
Jeste nez dojedeme do Newcastle, stavime se v muzeu s letadly – pro Toma se stava jeho vlhky sen realitou, ja cekam v desti ve vlhkym aute nez se vyradi 🙂

Muzeum bojovych letadel se na prvni pohled muze zdat jako radeni mezi letadly, fotky s rotacnim kulometem atd., ale srdcem celeho zazitku je vzdani pocty inzenyrum, stavarum a letcum, kteri cela letadla navrhli, postavali a nakonec s nimi bojovali az do posledniho dechu abychom my mohli zit svobodny zivot.

Zoik protestuje cim dal vic – respective blikaji na nas vsechny kontrolky. Voltaz baterky lita nahoru dolu. Tomuhle efektu se ne nahodou rika vanocni stromecek. Nam to navic vychazi I casove. Newcastle je pro nas pouze servisni zastavkou. A tak zatimco jini pecou cukrovi nebo zdobi stromecek tak Tomino za mirneho deste rozebira pul motoru a Radunka mu neustale vyhledava nove smerove instrukce do ruznych servisu. K Vanocum jsme si tak darovali alternator.. 🙂

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Newcastle ma taky peknou promenadu a jako mesto se zda byt starsi oproti jinym. V ulickach servisu se nachazi spoustu kvalitniho grafitty.

Belmont
Grafitty si ale uzijeme I tady. Belmont nam vyslo na Stedry den. Stavime v sekaci a radne si kadej koupime co nam jako prvni padne do oka – ja si zamiluju ovecku Snehurku, Tom snehulaka, kterej s nama drandi na kapote 🙂

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Po pernickovy zmrce (ano, to existuje!!) 🙂 vyrazime dal na cestu. Cestou vyrabime tradicni cesky bramborovy salaticek a vecerime uz pak u fotbaloveho hriste na okraji Sydney 🙂

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