After cruising along highways, country roads, and blind curves (with our mad new driving skills!) for nearly two weeks, it was time for me and Brooke to wrap up the epic east coast road trip.
The last few days wouldn’t be complete without more fun culinary stops, as it had become our mission to visit large pieces of fruit or attractions focusing on one type of food.
There was a detour at the Ginger Factory for a ginger scone with ginger marmalade.
We couldn’t miss the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour.
Lunch at The Pancake Place in Port Macquarie surprised me with a side salad that was even more pretty and tasty than the “pancake” itself.
Food is good. Friends are better.
We also really enjoyed our visit to the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie.
We spotted koalas resting high in the tree tops, and one was even fully awake and interacting with a hospital volunteer. Koalas come to the hospital for treatment from injuries or illness, and for a fee, you can adopt a koala for a year! The adoption fees are used for food and care of koalas currently staying at the hospital.
Return to Sydney
Following two weeks of driving, camping, and seeing some of the best the east coast has to offer, it was time for both of us to return to Sydney. Brooke has lived here for over a year, and I planned on making Sydney a temporary home. After 3.5 months of travel, I was ready to find a place to live and work. I’m fairly certain my bank account was more ready for the transition from on-the-go traveler to “resident” and employee than I was.
Within a week and a half of concluding the trip, I moved into a flat and secured a job — both in suburbs of the Inner West. I didn’t anticipate finding both so quickly, and life has taken on a very different pace and feel in the last 5-6 weeks.
All about life in the Inner West (new friendships, food, and adventures) coming soon(ish)…!