IF THE SHOE FITS
There’s a photo somewhere of my sister and me plonked in the infamous yellow clogs outside the Coffs Clog Barn 30 years ago. So it was somewhat obligatory that we snapped a pic of my daughter in the same oversized shoes. And really not much has changed at the little piece of Holland, just off the Pacific Highway. Explore the miniature Dutch model village, tuck into authentic Dutch pancakes and crepes at Big Oma’s Coffee House and buy yourself a pair of surprisingly comfortable clogs. When we visit, a clog- making demonstration is under way, with visitors shown how a block of poplar timber would be hand-carved and chiselled, later replaced by machinery that could carve out a shoe in less than 10 minutes. From clogs to hiking boots: Bongil Bongil National Park, on Sawtell’s fringe, is home to one of New South Wales’ largest koala populations, as well as 165 species of birds, including the pied oystercatcher and little tern. One of the best places to see rainforest birds is on the Bundagaree Rainforest walk. The 6km loop starts at Tuckers Rd and is a gentle hike through coastal and rainforest habitat, home to Lewin’s honeyeaters and satin bowerbirds. With eagle eyes, you might spot a male satin bowerbird’s bower. The bowerbird builds two parallel walls of sticks, then decorates it with blue-coloured objects to attract a mate.