It was already the fourth day of our road trip between Brisbane and Sydney, and this day we were going to Port Macquarie! We woke up early at the farm in Valla Beach in the middle of nature. Christina gave us a nice organic breakfast with her own recipe! We could not tell you what we ate because they were vegetables we had never seen before, but it was very tasty!
After this morning feast we set off for Port Macquarie to stroll through Town Beach and Flynns Beach, and see the famous painted stones. It is a place where tourists leave comments and colorful drawings on the rocks, it is quite original and beautiful! We let you judge from the photos.
Then we had a picnic on the grass just before we heading to the activity of the day. Well of course, if we stopped in this city it was to visit the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital !!
3pm arrived and it was the time of the guided tour of the hospital. Not every day we are lucky to see koalas!
The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital is mostly run by volunteers who look after sick or injured koalas from all over the region. The hospital has been in existence for 40 years and also conducts studies on the health of marsupials.
As you can imagine, we were not the only ones to have the idea of visiting the hospital. We were a group of about 30 people. A volunteer guided us through the facilities explaining to us her mission and the problems of the koalas that were there.
The visit takes about 30 minutes and is free, but if you can leave a donation for the hospital is much better, because it runs only thanks to the donors!
We loved this place, even if the stories of the koalas are often sad (but usually end well, yeah!). We also learned that many of the koalas they receive are well known to hospital workers. If you go with children maybe it is better to go to a zoo to see koalas in good health, since in the hospital some are not exactly in good condition!
At the end of the visit, a koala ambulance arrived with a new patient. We were able to attend its arrival at the hospital, with an eye infection. We were happy to see it because they are adorable animals! A real teddy that makes you want to hug it! The veterinarians assured us that it would be cured without problems.
After this interesting visit, we went to leave our things at the AirBnb (this time a normal house!) And we put on our swimsuits to go to the nearest beach! It was the hottest day of our trip, with 43 degrees! The swim felt very well.
Our AirBnb that night was perfect, a private room and shower. The owners were very friendly, like all the Australians we met! They let us have free access to the kitchen, they showed interest in us …
It was a great day, between the organic breakfast in Valla Beach, the koalas, the beach … We really liked it!