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Which way to go? My sister lives on the coast about 500km north of Sydney so I usually turn left and head that way. Flying as a rule, either to Port Macquarie or Coffs Harbour, but I've travelled the Pacific Highway route a few times. It's a very busy road, lots of heavy haulage, you need to keep your eyes open and your wits about you. There are lots of lovely tangents you can head off on though - the watery beauty of the Hawkesbury; Newcastle - an industrial city reborn and the Hunter Valley - good wine and good food in all directions - before you get to Port Macquarie.
Now the road will take you through lush green paddocks - this is traditionally dairying country - and some wonderful forests - tall gum trees and angophoras whose trunk glows bright orange as they shed their old bark, native clematis festooning the trees and pools thick with blue water lilies. Kempsey - home of a great Australian icon - the Akubra hat - sitting on the Macleay River (check out tapis_volant's Frederickton page for a tip about another great Australian speciality) makes a good base for exploring both the coast and the hinterland on the Macleay Valley, but I have a few more kilometres to go yet before I reach my destination - Scott's Head - a sleepy little fishing and holiday village some 12 kms off the highway. Views of forest, sea and mountains spread out before you from every vantage point. Down at the beach the surfing and swimming are excellent, the fishing's great, there's a popular campsite and shops and a cafe to take care of the inner man.
The village is growing but it is still essentially a very laid-back little place - long may that continue.
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