North Coast Road Trip

Last week I was on a five day holiday with my gorgeous mother. She has been through a lot lately being diagnosed of breast cancer two weeks before Christmas, having surgery just before Christmas Day and then the radiation therapy. I have always known my mum as a strong women but the way she handled the situation was amazing. So when she asked if I wanted to go up the North Coast to Scotts Head to visit some of her friends, I thought it was a great chance to spend some quality time together.

We left early on Friday morning about 8am, surprisingly the traffic getting out of Sydney was way better than we expected and before we new it we were on the Pacific Highway heading North.  I was in charge of the music for the journey with the CD Collection mum had brought. Once the radio signal dropped out, I put the 90’s hits straight on, to my dismay mum didn’t like the music at all, kept saying she couldn’t understand a word they were saying! So I caved in and played some country music for the rest of the journey.

We stopped of at Bulahdelah, for brunch at Detours, it’s one of the cafe’s that has been their for decades, and over the years new ones have popped up. We had a really good run and arrived at Scotts Head just after lunch!

Scotts Head is a place we use to go every Christmas Holiday’s for a couple weeks when we were growing up, I haven’t been back there for years so was nice to venture out and check out the place. Just past Macksville and a short 15min drive you will arrive at a little paradise.

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It’s a small coastal town with only a population of 1500 people, it has a very relaxed feel and is one of those secret places you may never come across on your travels. Our hosts Jimmy and Helen were fantastic, really nice people that made us feel at home! They even had a lap pool in the backyard which I of course tried out!

I had a private tour of the Surf Club in Saturday, which had changed majorly since my last visit!

Awesome View from the Surf Club!

Awesome View from the Surf Club!


View from the surf club looking out

That afternoon we chilled out on the balcony of where we were staying and had a couple of drinks with our hosts, we even had some visitors.


The local Kookaburra’s dropping in!

Sunday we got to chill out on the beach and go for a swim the weather was perfect and the water was so much warmer than Sydney beaches.


In the afternoon we ventured out to the local Surf Club for afternoon drinks where they have a bar, BBQ and some live music. All the proceeds from the bar and the BBQ goes back into the surf club so what reason is there not to drink, eat and be merry. We had a perfect sunset, there isn’t many places on the north coast where you can face the sunset overlooking the beach.



On the Monday we went on a road trip with our hosts to Jerseyville to pick up seafood for dinner that night straight from the Co-op, can’t get fresher than that, we then went and checked SouthWest Rocks visited Trial Bay Gaol.

Trial Bay Gaol was worth the visit and it only cost $10 entry. We even bumped into some Kangaroos! We had a lovely lunch with our hosts overlooking the Maclay river at the Riverside Tavern.


Trial Bay Gaol

Mum and I at Trial Bay Gaol

Mum and I at Trial Bay Gaol


The local Kangaroos just hanging out!

View at South West Rocks

View at South West Rocks

In the afternoon when we got back to Scotts Head I decided I wanted to do the walk around the headland since I hadn’t been up there yet.

Looking out to Nambucca from Scotts Head Surfclub Headland

Looking out to Nambucca from Scotts Head Surf Club Headland

View looking at Elephant Headland and Little Beach

View looking at Elephant Headland and Little Beach

Video from my walk up to the Headland, this is suppose to be the perfect spot to go whale and dolphin watching from May to October.

Some of the locals artwork, love this idea, was amazing to look at!

On the Tuesday we headed home and checked out Harrington Waters for brunch, which was a gorgeous place to visit and also popped in and visited mum’s cousin at Coolongalook, which broke up the drive home, the music selection on the way home was the 80’s, so win win for both of us.

It was a great trip and a chance to unwind and relax and spend some quality time with mum, thanks mum for inviting me and having me tag along, thanks to Helen and Jimmy for their fantastic hospitality and looking after mum and I on our stay!

Have you got a special place you would visit in your childhood holidays, have you been back and visited?

    • I’m dreading winter here in Australia not looking forward to the cold at all, wish we had summer all year round!

  1. What a lovely place to spend some quality time together! I love that part of the coast – SW rocks is beautiful and I love stopping into Crescent Head too, the vanilla slice at the bakery is well worth it:P Scotts Head is such a sleepy little place and the water is always so still and blue x

  2. I moved from Melbourne to the Sunshine Coast in January and my parents have recently come up to visit. I celebrated my 41st birthday here with them this past weekend and this milestone actually helped us work out how long it had been since they were last in QLD.. 30 years ago we had a family holiday on the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, East Coast of Australia. I was 11 years old. Took them for a drive up to Noosa on Sunday and they were surprised by all the development… they had never been to Mooloolaba… Where we live was just a swamp last time they were here!! I had to remind them how much where they live has changed and developed too.

    • Wow Robyn, my hubby and I are moving up near Caloundra in June, from Sydney. We are so looking forward to the change. Big move for us but exciting

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