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Sun, Sand and Sea

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Warm sand beneath your feet, ice cold waters as far as you can see, and a blazing sun in the distance. These are the things that make me feel at home. Sand, sun and sea are the three things that truly relax me. There is nothing that brings me more happiness than sitting by a beautiful beach on a hot summer’s day watching the fierce waves crashing close by.

Fortunately for me, I live in Sydney. Not only are there 70 ocean or harbour-side beaches within the city boundaries, it’s also surrounded by stunning, endless coastlines stretching both north and south of the city. I love getting out of Sydney and travelling for a couple of hours to explore this diverse coastline. And that is exactly what I got to do when I escaped to Pacific Palms last December.

Pacific Palms is small coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. Located 282 kilometres north of Sydney via the Pacific Highway, the area is bound by Smith’s Lake to the south and Green Point Drive to the north, and encompasses Blueys, Elizabeth and Boomerang Beaches, Tiona, Coomba, Smith’s Lake and Seal Rocks. It also merges with Booti Booti and Wallingat National Parks and the Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park.

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This small coastal township is primarily designed for holiday makers and people who have chosen to retire in the area. So not surprisingly there is a strong feeling of relaxation and transience in the air.

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The purpose of my trip was to unwind and relax, and Pacific Palms was the perfect place for me to do just that.

As great as it is to settle in and sun bake on the beach all day, Pacific Palms offers so much more.  I visited the stunning light house at Seal Rocks. I also dedicated a day to beach hopping – there are just so many to see and take a dip in, and all are within close proximity. When I was feeling a little more adventurous, I embarked upon a hike up to the Cape Hawk Lookout, totally oblivious to the fact that there would be a steep incline and a billion stairs to overcome. But the view at the top was definitely worth it.

Although I only spent four days at Pacific Palms, the feeling of relaxation that it gifted me was enough to take away my worries for the whole year. What a perfect way to bring in 2014.

For more information on Pacific Palms and the surrounding areas, I would recommend the Great Lakes website.

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Images. All photos by Afiyat Mustaq.

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