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19 March 2014 @ 09:27 pm
Road trip! part one  
Had a fantastic trip last weekend back to Coffs Harbour, where I spent 13 years before moving to my current address. I'd booked a resort for a long weekend visit, arriving on Friday afternoon after a slower-than-usual drive, due to roadworks along the way. And this is where I stayed:

The Novotel Pacific Bay resort is just off the main highway although you'd never realise; it's on 40 acres and there's no noise from the outside at all, other than the deep concussive pounding of the ocean. The reception, bar and restaurant are in this rather tropical-looking building.

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The blocks of apartments are scattered around the 40 acres - this was ours:

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The resort was built in the 80s and it's looking a bit rough around the edges now. The furniture is worn, the decor is dated, and they have one hell of an ant problem. Still it was comfortable, and there was a fridge where we could put food out of the ants' reach, so we couldn't ask for much more. This was the reception area:

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View from our room - the ocean was just over that hill:

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Lagoon, outside the restaurant...

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...where we spied this handsome lad, taking the sun:

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Friday afternoon we explored the resort, then took a run into town for supplies. Also drove around looking at the old neighbourhood and seeing how much has changed in my 10 years away.

More photos tomorrow, of Muttonbird Island and the ocean.
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
ali15sonali15son on March 19th, 2014 12:56 pm (UTC)
It all looks very nice set in its own greenery , I'm not sure about the ants though , I would have been gone and out of the room , no way I would stay with a load of ants x
miwahni: Pros I need a holidaymiwahni on March 20th, 2014 11:11 am (UTC)
I have a bit of an ant problem at home so it's nothing new, just unexpected in a resort. They did have a warning sign :-)
ali15sonali15son on March 20th, 2014 12:22 pm (UTC)
Oh thank goodness we don't have that much of an ant problem here in the UK .. Horrible things , I don't like ants and I don't like mice uughh no thank you x
mrua7mrua7 on March 19th, 2014 01:44 pm (UTC)
Anytine you can get away to peace and tranquility is a blessing. Good for you! Despite the ants, it lookl like a place I could suffer with.
miwahni: MFU Keep Calm Open Channel Dmiwahni on March 20th, 2014 11:13 am (UTC)
It was certainly very tranquil. The place was full of late-teenaged boys who were there for a football carnival but we hardly heard a sound from them. Just a lovely little break.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on March 19th, 2014 05:32 pm (UTC)

It looks lovely despite the ants. *g*

I look forward to further tales.
miwahni: Random Darwin sunsetmiwahni on March 20th, 2014 11:14 am (UTC)
The ants were really a minor concern, it was just surprising, even though they did have a warning sign. Which we didn't heed on the first night, and left an opened bag of chips folded over on the countertop. The next morning it was crawling - we learned not to do that again.
entropy_houseentropy_house on March 19th, 2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
I wonder if Iguanas eat ants. :^)

It looks lovely- so long as the ants stay out of the bedding!
miwahni: Random Darwin sunsetmiwahni on March 20th, 2014 11:15 am (UTC)
No ants in the bedding fortunately, but I did end up with a couple in my handbag, due to an icecream stick that I'd popped in the side pocket during the day for later disposal.
entropy_houseentropy_house on March 20th, 2014 12:47 pm (UTC)
Well, everyone loves ice cream.:^)
moonlightmead on March 20th, 2014 12:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, these are beautiful - what a fantastic place to stay. And I love your reptilian co-guest! Brilliant picture, too.

So glad it was good.
miwahni: Pros Are we there yetmiwahni on March 23rd, 2014 06:31 am (UTC)
It was fantastic, thank you. And that lizard was quite the dapper little gentleman, and kindly posed for me. I'm rather fond of them.