Thoughts on Location No 7
Moonee Beach, Mid North Coast, New South Wales
Much like Corindi Beach, Moonee Beach is a very quiet area which at times can be hard to comprehend considering its close proximity to the highway. A little over one kilometre away, trucks and prime movers are ferrying goods to and from their destinations, not to mention the plethora of workers heading to and from Coffs Harbour to go to work.
On our first night I could just hear a dull roar of the traffic, but this was ever so faint and only just in the background. Throughout the day on Friday, once again I could just make out the sound of the traffic but mainly it was drowned out by the chirping and trilling of the abundant birdlife.
The caravan park is nestled behind the banks of the Moonee Creek Estuary and, at low tide, it is possible to wade across the inlet and enjoy a walk along the shoreline of the Moonee Beach Nature Reserve. The sand is wide and flat (at low tide) and the beach heads north for several kilometres with the Emerald Beach Headland visible in the distance.
Although we had not planned to spend any time at Moonee Beach, we couldn’t stay the extra two nights at Corindi and therefore had to move on. The park is also in the North Coast Holiday Parks chain and as we had a Road Tripper Loyalty card with the required number of stamps, it meant we were able to pay for one night and stay for two.
The saving bonus aside, Moonee Beach was a lovely spot to spend 48 hours. The park has large sites with lush grassy areas and the trees are bountiful providing plenty of shade albeit the one we were parked under made a mess of the caravan roof, it is nothing that won’t fall off as we drive away this morning. The park itself was also very quiet despite the copious holiday makers either already settled or moving in and setting up for the Christmas break.
We would have been happy to stay longer but at this time of the year all parks in the Coffs Coast region are fully booked and it’s not hard to see why. They are clean and quiet, close to beaches, some of which are patrolled by Surf Life Saving NSW adding that extra element of safety for families and individuals alike.
We’re off to Emerald Beach this morning and a week at the Big4 Emerald Beach Holiday Park. I can hardly believe its December 20, 2014 and we are doing exactly what we were planning back in July.
The only booking we made, THE destination we chose for Christmas this year and after seven weeks on the road, its only 8½ kilometres north by road, much less straight up the beach. We could walk there and almost did yesterday afternoon.