Gold Coast

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Ballina to the Gold Coast

After the rain last night, it was a fine and sunny day. We drove along the Richmond River at Ballina looking (unsuccessfully) for familiar spots, and then headed off to Byron Bay on the coast road. We stopped at the Pat Morton Lookout at Lennox Head where there was a hang glider and lots of cyclists and surfers.

We drove and walked around Byron Bay and then stopped at a cafe for coffee (iced for me). Next door was a shop selling very nice sandwiches and yoghurts. We bought some sandwiches for later.

After making our way back to the highway and yet more roadworks, we took a rather long detour to Murwillumbah via Mooball, where some buildings and all the light poles were painted in black and white cow patches. It was then a hilly, winding road to Murwillumbah with its views of Mount Warning. The trip back to the highway was a flat drive alongside the Tweed River. After crossing the Tweed, we skirted Tweed Heads and drove along Kirra and Coolangatta Beaches.

The next stop was Bilinga, just north of Coolangatta. We visited a vaping friend (also called Di) who runs the Bilinga newsagency. She made us a very nice coffee which we had on the grass outside the shop, just a stones throw from the beach. We also bought glass jewellery which Di makes.

We then went in search of the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. It is nothing like it used to be, so I didn't recognise it and thought I had taken a wrong turn. After driving up the same streets in Currumbin a couple of times, I eventually found it, but we didn't stop.

We arrived at the Sandrift Beachfront Apartments on North Miami beach latish in the afternoon. Great apartment! I think we had the sandwiches we bought in Byron for dinner.

000 - Ballina to Miami.jpg

019 - Ballina - Coast Inn Motel.jpg

020 - Ballina - Richmond River.jpg

021 - Ballina - Richmond River.jpg

022 - Lennox Head - Pat Morton Lookout.jpg

023 - Lennox Head - Pat Morton Lookout.jpg

024 - Bilinga - Coffee, jewellery and vaping.jpg

025 - Bilinga - the newsagency is just a few yards from the beach.jpg