As we arrive back in Australia for the southern hemisphere summer we head north out of Sydney for our first pet sitting job. Starting a new career can be quite a stressful time! This is especially so when it’s in a place you’ve never been to before and you really do not know what to expect. Our first job is in Corindi Beach which is 6 hours drive north of Sydney.
Here we are looking after Lucy, a nine year old rescue dog. We’ll let her take over from here and give her side of the story.
Hi! I’m Lucy, I live in beautiful Corindi Beach on the New South Wales north coast. I feel so lucky to have the guys take care of me.
They take me on regular walks along the beach and around town. There’s nothing I like better than a run along the beach and being able to go for a dip in the ocean, it’s so cooling.
I’m a very curious dog, I like to see what is going on in the world, I’m interested in the bigger picture if you know what I mean. I like to be out and about where the action is.
One of the best things I like about living in Corindi Beach are the water views, they’re second to none. Today I saw dolphins and whales swimming off in the ocean.
I also love a car trip, with my seat belt on, of course. It’s such a great way to get around and to discover places I’d not otherwise see. The added bonus with these guys is listening to the music that’s being played, the “Mamma Mia - Here We Go Again” album is a current favourite.
Today the guys took me to the Coffs Harbour growers market, it was lots of fun, my favourite stall was Mr Woof, he makes the most delicious pet treats, I’d highly recommend them.
Anyway, that’s enough from me for now, so I’ll pass you back to the guys so they can tell you a bit more about the area.
Is it the new Byron Bay or is it Byron Bay 30 years ago? Sometimes it seems like everyone is looking for the next Byron Bay on the east coast of Australia. Corindi Beach is a small community with a population of about 1,200, two cafes, a pub and a general store.
It’s surrounded by national park land and it’s full of wildlife. We were walking along one of the local streets and were suddenly standing next to a kangaroo, until it bounced over the road into another field and continued on its way.
Port Macquarie is a great stop off on the way north being a 4 hour drive from Sydney. We enjoy the beach cafes here and in particular the Salty Creek Kiosk which sits right on the town beach with it’s black and white umbrellas.
Another great cafe here is the Drury Lane Eatery which is run by Drew and his wife who moved up from Sydney. They source lots of local organic products and serve delicious Ottolenghi style dishes.
The Koala Hospital
Local volunteers support koalas that are sick or injured at the koala hospital. We visited it earlier in the year and sponsored David. On our second visit he was curled up in a ball asleep. We also saw Oxley Kaylee, she’s had a bit of a rough time though, luckily she’s in good hands.
Observation of the week
We’ve noticed that once you get out of Sydney everyone wants to talk to everyone. New friends are very easy to find, although it can take a while to get served in the shops as people chatter on!
We were in the trendy No Mans Land cafe which is near where we are pet sitting and one of the locals, Gillian, started to chat with us. She’s an interior designer, she’s lived in NY, Sydney and Byron Bay, loves the cage, told us about where to eat nearby, not that we talked long! As we left she asked “are you staying at the caravan park?”, we quickly corrected her with our actual situation!
So, one week in and we are feeling very happy to be in beautiful Corindi Beach. Lucy is a delight to look after, she’s obedient and very loving and luckily we have a further two weeks to spend with her.