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Possum living in the roof of our cabin. Gill has just given...

Jim feeding our Possum a crisp (or chip for the Kiwi's!)

If you squint your eyes, you might just be able to see...

Beach at Port Stephens

WWII Anti-tank fortifications on Port Stephens beach, to guard against attack from...

Gill and the Dune Buggy on the huge sand dunes in Port...

We were looking forward to getting back out to the coast and headed for Port Stephens, a cluster of three small towns on a peninsular of land surrounded by beaches.

We stayed at Samurai Beach Backpackers and it was absolutely beautiful. It was set in the middle of the bush and was a group of small cabins dotted around in the forest connected by walkways. In the centre was an outdoor "bush kitchen" and BBQ/campfire area.

We were sitting on the deck one evening when a little Possum poked his head out of a whole in the eaves of our cabin. Gill was immediately smitten, especially after he ate a biscuit from her hand and just sat there eating it and watching us.

Another day we saw a baby Koala bear sitting in a tree from the deck of our cabin, though it was quite high up so the photograph hasn't come out too brilliantly.

The owner also had a couple of pet Pythons, which he brought over to our cabin and was happy to show us. He asked Jim if he wanted to hold a snake at the same time as he placed the bloody thing round his shoulders. Very strange experience to have this Python wrapped around your neck - especially while the owner was explaining how strong it is and how it suffocates its prey by choking them.....!

Port Stephens itself is quite a beautiful place. Anna Bay, where we stayed, has a long, patrolled surf beach backed by huge sand dunes. We booked onto a sand dune safari tour and were escorted through the sand dunes on a huge 4 wheel drive truck that was able to scale what seemed like almost verticle dunes a couple of hundred feet high.

Although we'd have liked to have stayed on a bit longer we decided to keep moving on after a few days. We'd recommend the backpackers to anyone who finds themselves over this way in the future.

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