While we've been in the area we've also gone inland a bit and explored the area around Bellingen and Dorrigo. Dorrigo National Park is very pretty, but all the rainforest birds won't sit still for more than a fraction of a second so you can't get any good photos of them. There is a short skywalk from the visitors centre which gives a great view of the mountains and the valley right to the coast.
There is also another kind of skywalk lookout much closer to Coffs that gives a good view of the coast.
We explored around the harbour and watched fish, turtles, and rays swimming in the crystal clear water.
And walked up onto Muttonbird Island (which is attached to the mainland to form the harbour) where we watched whales in the distance and closer up we watched a goshawk swoop and catch a rat for lunch only to get it stolen by a raven. There were shearwater burrows all over the island, but no chicks this time of year.
Then, today, we went to the Marine Magic to see the dolphins and seals. I don't always like captive animal shows, but this one was done very well and was very educational. It was also very interactive. I got kissed by a seal and a dolphin, and feed penguins, fish, and a sea lion.
And finally here are a couple of shots from near where we've been staying. A short walk from our temporary home up the hill you get this view and these pretty flowers.
And these guys have taken over the landscaped area around the pool and seem to be everywhere. There are some really big ones like this guy and some very small young ones. They even got in the pool with us when we were swimming, but then they are water dragons apparently.
Well, thats enough for now. We're flying back in the morning and then its back to work on Saturday. Probably in the rain.