The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - ESCAPE -

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.

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