A December 2006 trip
to Port MacQuarie by auskiwi
Quote: Scenic Bonny Hills—just one of the pearls of the Port MacQuarie Coast
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2007
Attraction | "The Dooregan National Park"
Dooragan National Park
Laurieton, New South Wales
Attraction | "The Tacking Point Lighthouse"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 16, 2007
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Rainbow Bay is situated on the shoreline of the small town called Bonny Hills and is a very popular beach to go for all ages. Whenever we went down to the beach it was always busy with plenty of people - there were grand parents, mothers, fathers, teenagers, kids and babies. Because we were staying in the camping ground we had easy access to the beach via a gate in the fence and then a very short bush-walk.
There’s always something for everyone to do at the beach:- Try your hand at surfing, body boarding, body surfing and swimming or just paddling at the waters edge. The beach has a flagged area, watched over by surf lifesavers, where people can swim safely. The surf varies depending on the tide, the wind and section of the beach.- If you’re into walks along the beach or beach-combing, or may be you’re a fitness fanatic and prefer a run along the sand, then there is plenty of sandy shoreline on which to do this. - Got a surf fishing rod then there are numerous spots and gutters to going fishing.- Twist your feet into the wet sand and dig for pipi’s (a small shell fish) along the waters edge. This is easy and fun. They don’t taste too bad or they’re good bait for fishing. Please check with the local authority if there is a limit on how many you can take if you’re going to make a feast out of them – we don’t want anyone getting in trouble.- There is also plenty of sand for building sandcastles. Dale spent the best part of his days making castles with the kids that were with us and then they had just as much fun knocking them down.- There is a short bush-walk, just outside the camping ground, that allows the local resident access to the beach. We went for a stroll along the path and found all sorts of wildlife – a goanna (large reptiles), hundreds of cycadas and plenty of birds. We even went back to the camp to get some raw eggs and some slices of ham to feed the goanna which devoured everything.- The beach has a large grassed park area, near the car park, on which there is a huge climbing frame for the more adventurous children. This area is great for picnics, sitting to read a book or just to sit, if you prefer not to sit in the sand.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 21, 2007