Taking time off to rediscover – A walk down memory lane


“Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream”
Khalil Gibran

I’m heading on holidays in a week’s time – not a really long break, just a week, but a break I am looking forward to indeed!

I am on a mission to rediscover places of childhood memories, swapping the heels for bare feet and the glow of florescent lights for rays of dappled sunshine through the branches of a Pandanus.

Beautiful Northern New South Wales here I come… ready for a trip down memory lane

Fairies – as a little girl I would imagine endlessly about ‘fairies in the bottom of the garden’ what they would look like and their names… a trip to the Butterfly House in Coffs Harbour was like a dream come true – because, as every child knows, butterfly’s are just fairies in disguise!

Imaginationing – yes, imaginationing is a real word, I invented it as a 7 year old when wandering through the house of Sleeping Beauty, the home of the 7 Dwarfs and the cave of Puff the Magic Dragon in Fantasy Glades. Although sadly closed now, I haven’t thought of this place of ‘dreams come true’ for years – and for those who recall it, I’m sure it is remembered fondly!

Sweet nectar – I was a child of very tooth-enamel friendly parents, no soft drink or lollies except in the obligatory children’s birthday party lolly bags, so a trip to The Honey Place, where the golden liquid was measured out in ample proportions and not even the most enamel friendly parent could say no, was a childhood memory firmly imprinted!

The honey comb sitting a-top the hill at Urunga, just south of Coffs Harbour, was like a beacon – and my younger brother and I often conspired to need a strategic ‘toilet stop’ when the honey comb was in sight.

A holiday to Coffs Harbour was never without a day trip to Trial Bay Gaol – with a panoramic view across the bay of the headlands north of the coast, this spot was a favourite. My parents would set up a ‘base’ camp at the day visitors spot in the camping ground and my brother and I would explore! Across the rocky outcrops beneath the gaol, through the native brush behind the beach and would play for hours in the clear, near still, ocean of Trial Bay itself.

I am so excited to plan out my holiday to rediscover places maybe forgotten along the Coffs Coast, between Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie, and take a trip down memory lane!

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