Journey With The Youthful Spirit Of June
June is the month with the shortest daylight hours, so let’s make the most out of this window of opportunity!
While those in the Northern Hemisphere will be celebrating the summer solstice on 21st June, here in the south we’ll be staying cosy and warm.
June is named after Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage. What few people know is that Juno is also the goddess of eternal youth. For this month, let’s channel the youthful energy of Juno and take a trip to the seaside for some winter sun and relaxation. To that end, let’s head to Forster-Tuncurry along the Barrington Coast in New South Wales.
As Juno and her husband Jupiter were twins, so Forster and Tuncurry are twin towns sitting on either side of Wallis Lake. The picturesque coastal towns are connected by a bridge that’s over 60 years old and 631 metres long. This link has made Forster and Tuncurry one of the more popular holiday destinations in the Mid North Coast area.
Did You Know?
1. Wallis Lake and its estuary are 85 km2 – about 1.5 times the size of Sydney Harbour.
2. Wallis Lake estuary produces about 40% of NSW’s Sydney Rock Oysters.
What to Do in the Area?
Indulge yourself with the towns’ seaside delights! Taste the food of the gods, wash them down with crafty ale and wander the markets for fresh produce.
Oysters date back to ancient Greek and Roman times. Legend has it that Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty, supposedly rose out of the ocean on
an oyster shell, thus the oyster’s fame as an aphrodisiac.
Whether or not they live up to that reputation, they are delectable and Forster is famous for its freshwater Sydney Rock Oysters. You can head to Graham Barclay Oysters to buy them directly from the farmers, or you can spend a lazy afternoon on the deck at wheelchair-friendly Hamilton’s Oyster Bar and Restaurant and watch the world float by while you slurp down some fresh oysters.
Once you’ve had your fill of those sumptuous shuckers, quench your thirst with fresh craft beers at the Coastal Brewing Company. This family-owned microbrewery produces a range of beers using all natural ingredients.
They have around 8-14 different craft beers on tap and you can also enjoy an assortment of regularly rotating beers on a tasting paddle that are served in glasses or in schooners.
They also offer light meals to perfectly match with your drink. The brewery is also conveniently wheelchair accessible with disabled bathroom facilities.
Did You Know?
The earliest record of barley beer dates back to around 4000BCE in Iran!
After all that rich decadence, you’ll probably want some fresh, straight-from-the-earth produce.
On the third Saturday of every month, there’s a farmer’s market in Forster selling everything from fruits and vegetables to homemade jams and sauces. For June, the market will be held on Saturday, 19 June from 8 am-12 pm.
You’ll also enjoy a wide variety of dining options clustered around the Forster- Tuncurry bridge, including Si Señorita, Spice Monkey, Beach Bums Café and Tuncurry Rockpool Café, so you’ll never go hungry on this holiday trip.
These restaurants offer stunning views of the lake so you can just relax and dine while taking in the refreshing seaside scenery.
Search The Water, Sky And Bush For The Wonders Of Nature
From May to November, humpback whales travel on their underwater highway that runs along the Barrington Coast. This is the perfect time to step into the sea god Neptune’s realm and go on a Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour with Amaroo Cruises. Their cruises run most days starting at 10 am and take about 21⁄2-3 hours.
Their 24-metre catamaran is wheelchair adapted and has a bathroom designed with assisted access. The cruise includes morning tea and they offer a pensioners’ discount. Reel Ocean Adventures also offers cruises with wheelchair access and loading from a disabled mooring in Forster Marina.
If you’re prone to seasickness and would rather stay on dry land, you can amble along the boardwalk that hugs the lake edge in Little Street in Forster and end up at the Forster Breakwall to scope for bullnose stingrays, whales and dolphins.
Did You Know?
If a humpback whale was arrested, they would not be taking its fingerprints but its tail- prints. Every humpback whale has a unique tail, which acts as its identifier.
If you’ve had your fill of sight-seeing sea life, it’s now time to turn your gaze at the starry sky. Dusty’s Astro Tours offers you a chance to view the heavenly bodies through a 12-inch Meade telescope from the comfort of your accommodation.
Dustin, your guide, will bring his equipment to you and give you an insight into the universe above. See if you can spot Juno and Jupiter’s dad Saturn on his celestial throne in the night sky. Book your stellar voyage by giving them a call at 0413 631 824.
After appreciating the wonders of the sea and sky, wander along the wheelchair-friendly boardwalk of the John Ward Rainforest Walk. You’ll be transported to the heart of the rainforest world in this closed canopy facility that offers a safe habitat to a diverse species of native plants and animals.
Learn interesting information about the 130 tropical plants thriving in this lush environment and its vital significance to the local Aborigines for bush tucker. This exotic reserve is just located behind One Mile Beach.
Did You Know?
Tropical rainforests only occupy less than 3% of the Earth’s surface but it is home to more than half of the world’s land animals, some of which are dangerously close to extinction.
Haggis With A Side Of History
For those history buffs among you, take a trip back in time at the Great Lakes Historical & Maritime Museum in Tuncurry. It is a not-for-profit, local community social history museum where you can learn about the pioneers of Tuncurry and the rich history of the area.
The museum features an exhibition of precious artefacts from Tuncurry’s early residents and of the local industries that flourished in the district, including timber-getting, shipbuilding, farming and oyster growing. The museum has wheelchair-accessible facilities for your convenience.
If you want a unique experience in Scottish culture, check out the annual Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival on the 5th of June in nearby Wingham, just a 40-minute drive from Forster.
Scottish immigrants settled in the area in the early 1800s and their descendants have established this fun festival to celebrate their clans’ roots. Enjoy the festive atmosphere with Highland dancers, pipe and drum performances, Lassies’ Hurling the Haggis, Lads’ Tug-o-War, and even a Best Dressed Dog with Scottish theme competition!
Did You Know?
Before Europeans arrived in the area, the Worimi Aboriginal people called it home for tens of thousands of years.
Getting To Forster-Tuncurry
If you are driving from Sydney, you can get to Forster-Tuncurry in about 3 hours and 45 minutes. Alternatively, you can fly to Taree Airport or take a train to Taree Railway Station. From there, you have the option to drive, take a taxi or the local bus for about 40-45 minutes to reach Forster-Tuncurry.
Well, we hope you’ve had a heavenly time in Forster-Tuncurry! From dining on Venus’ delicacies and savouring Neptune’s seaside delights to travelling the cosmos and even back in time, Lady Juno would be proud of our journey!
Time For A Cuppa
Thanks for joining us on our trip and stay tuned for the next suite of destinations!
Over and out.
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