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Ainslie Waldron

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Jul 3rd

Northern New South Wales

This was election weekend in Australia, so we voted early and decided to get away from it all!   We just spent a wonderful weekend in Northern New South Wales.  Only an hour or two from Brisbane, the area is one of the prettiest in Australia, with coastal views to die for and amazing inland rain forests and rich green hinterlands.

We began by having a lunch of freshly caught and cooked fish at the Fisherman’s Co-op at Brunswick Heads ; Sitting on the benches outside the Co-op shop on this beautiful sunny winter’s day, watching a boy fishing in the ocean was a relaxing pastime.

We then drove the short distance to Lennox Heads, a lesser known part of this coastline.  Many people visit the well known nearby Byron Bay, yet Lennox Heads by the ocean is truly beautiful.  On arrival we walked up to the lookout and saw a number of humpback whales and dolphins frolicking in the ocean. There are regular sightseeing tours available locally yet the whales are readily visible from the shore.

We dined in the evening at the Lennox Hotel Beef and Beach Restaurant where the staff were amazing and the food mouth watering. We were certainly not disappointed. In the morning I set out looking for some local geocaches and found a couple of tricky ones in the area.  At the same time I enjoyed more whale watching as well as watching the local Surfers and Stand Up Paddlers.

We then had a lazy Sunday drive back to Brisbane, taking the inland road, stopping in Bangalow, a sleepy little nearby village, for a hearty breakfast, and later in Kyogle, for coffee. On the way we visited the Open Air Cathedral at Bexhill before winding home across many little bridges.



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