Coffs Harbour is about a five hour drive south of Brisbane on the New South Wales coast. It is not a big town, it has a population of about 45,000 and has a reasonably ordinary looking town centre.
Coffs, as it is known, is where we decided to spend a one-week summer holiday this year. Now I was quite lucky when I was a child, my mother was French, so our family would holiday in France quite a lot, mostly the Mediterranean. But we didn’t always go there, sometimes we had our holidays in England.
Holiday weather in England, even during the summer, could never be guaranteed. I remember one particularly punishing camping holiday in Dorset when the rain and wind just kept on and on and on. I don’t think we lasted the week before packing up and coming home.
That doesn’t much happen in Australia. I’ve been here eight years now and I can’t remember having a summer holiday with bad weather. Even during the Brisbane floods in 2011 when we escaped for one week in Adelaide, the weather there was perfect.
In Coffs Harbour, it was almost a perfect 30°C every day with clear blue skies. Almost. Great for the beaches:
Park Beach was within walking distance of our apartment, this is how it looked on a slightly cloudy Friday evening…
Diggers Beach was being patrolled by lifeguards, so here are our kids swimming between the flags. This is the flag on the right…
Too many pebbles and not enough golden sand, but nice views…