We had a lazy morning at the campsite before driving to Port Macquarie to visit the Koala Hospital. There were lots of recovering koalas, some on low perches and some high in the tree in their enclosure, they were cute and the joeys asleep in the trees were really cute! We had a quick look around Roto house, a museum which was a house of the Roto family who used to live there to show what life was like during the second world war. We had lunch at Oxleys beach with the seaguls before a quick coffee in Gordon's bike shop esspresso bar (which we found especially) and drove to Coffs Harbour where we cooked Gnocchi for dinner and ate it watching the waves. We looked for a camp spot in the evening but the first few places said no camping, eventually we found a beach where there was already a campervan, no "no camping" signs and a lovely spot of grass right next to the beach. We pitched the tent on the grass as we weren't sure whether the tide would come in over all of the sand and went for a little wander on the beach and gazed at the Milky Way which was really bright that night before bed.
We woke up to the sound of waves and bright light piercing our yellow tent, put on our swimming stuff and went for a swim in the sea, this time with goggles. We did a little actual swimming and some diving into the waves before our first outdoor shower for a while then breakfast and off in the car. We managed to find a good radio station (for once) and listened to a story about a guy who took a year to travel around South Africa doing marathons and mountain climbing on the way. We sat in the car to listen to the end of the story before getting out at a lookout to look at the river delta below us and the mountains in the distance. At lunchtime we stopped at a complex comprising a cafe, Aboriginal art gallery, museum of Italian immigration and a glass-art gallery where a man was sat making a glass dummy so we watched him for a while until he stopped as he was getting cramp in his hands. The Aboriginal art was really good- well made and bright with lots of paintings made with dots of oil paint and some items made from dried leaves. I had been reading Lonely Planet out to Sam all morning whilst he drove and we've decided that Nimbin is the next place that we'd like to visit so I drove us there. It was really hot in the car and we were glad to eventually pull into the shade outside the info centre in Marjuana central! We grabbed a map and list of "must-sees" from the guy there and went to see the candle factory first. It was a delight to the senses, both sight and smell as the scent of vanilla, lavender and rose laced candles wafted around the rainbow coloured room- the largest candle burned for over 10,000 hours! Next on our list of places was the "Rainbow Power Company" which sounded cool but was actually a shop selling things like solar panels so we had a quick look before finding a caravan site to put the tent up in. We parked Reece in our prefered camping spot and went in search of a cold drink on the main street. The road was lined with help and drug related shops, hippy clothing shops and there were lots of slow moving chiled-out people whispering under their breath as we walked past "mushrooms, weed, hemp" and "want any drugs". We politely declined and bought some apple juice and sat on a bench listening to a man playing a harmonica and singing. Once we had cooled down a little we found an art gallery/shop and had a look around. There were some inventive pieces such as insects made from scrap metal and a coconut shell decorated on the inside with beads. We had a look around some of the other shops such as "bring-a-bong", selling marjuana paraphenalia and had a look in a little museum that was hippy styled. Everything in the museum was painted with rainbow colours and had messages like "god loves you". In the evening we had a swim in the public outdoor pool (which was round!) before a phonecall home in the rain then a sprint to bed in the tent.