When was the last time you veered off the Pacific Hi-way north of Coffs ?
With the new freeway zipping by little coastal towns now, we decided to explore Emerald Beach, 10 mins north of Coffs. This quiet coastal town sits right between two headlands giving perfect coast living with calm seas, great beach walks and with a little history thrown in.
Moonee Beach Nature Reserve covers the coastline around Emerald Beach where you can walk some of the Solitary island Coastal Walk. Go on the Dammerels history walk (500m one-way) and discover the story of the Dammerel family and of the collision in 1886 of the ships Keilawarra and Helen Nicoll. Or do the loop around to main beach. Starting point is at Look-at-me-now Headland where there is plenty of parking, directional signs and a great information board, where you can learn more of the local history, Aboriginal significance and of the wildlife in the area. Well made wide paths are wheel chair friendly as they gently follow the contour of the headlands. Seats along the way allow you to sit and look for whales, dolphins of the stunning coastline and Solitary Islands.
Along the way you can read about the shipwreck, learn more about the Dammerel family who were signal operators and endured their own personal hardships or take along a picnic lunch and watch the eastern grey Kangaroos nibbling on the headland grass minding their own business.