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    VISIT WARDELL

    by balhannah Updated Oct 22, 2013

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    A scenic drive from Ballina can be made to Wardell, well known by travellers of the Pacific highway, because of its opening bridge.
    The Bridge spans the mighty Richmond river, built to replace the ferries and barges used to transport cedar and sugar cane in the 1800s. These days, it doesn't open that often, and there are warning signs which will have flashing lights if the bridge is opening, quite a sight to see!
    Wardell has historic timber buildings, including Mayley House (1910), this is now a Restaurant. If your interested in cemeteries. check out the historic cemetery.

    From here, we followed Tourist drive 28 [brown signpost], which heads to pretty Alstonville, this is the whole tourist route, not that far, but has plenty to offer. Have the camera ready as the rural scenery is spectacular along the way. I like the fruit & vegee farm gate stalls, buy and leave the money in the cash tin. [honesty system]. Cheap and fresh!

    This is a lovey day tour to do from Ballina.

    Wardell Bridge Warning sign @ Wardell
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    ROCK POOLS @ FLAT ROCK

    by balhannah Written Oct 9, 2013

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    The rock pools at Flat Rock are something for the family to enjoy together. As you enter the beach, you will see a large area of darkish black rock to your right. Wander over there and start exploring!

    Once there, I found there were literally dozens of Rock pools, all rich with some form of sealife.
    We found species varied widely between pools, even though they were all located in the one area, this is because of the shape, size and depth of the pool. We didn't find any small fish, but saw some Starfish and other crustaceans.

    WARNINGS ON EXPLORING ROCK POOLS

    Don't put your hands in rock crevices, as not all creatures are harmless. One creature that hides under boulders and in pools that have a sandy floor, is the tiny blue-ringed octopus, which is very common in New South Wales and Victoria. They burrow down and hide in the sand which makes them hard to see. This small brown octopus develops brilliant blue ring-shaped markings when it is threatened and usually this is when children want to pick it up - this can be a FATAL decision.
    The bite can cause paralysis, and be fatal. It isn't aggressive and when disturbed will try to flatten itself out and change colour to blend into its surroundings.
    Take care yourself and watch your children.

    Bird life, and there were dozens of Tern's and some Pied Oyster Catchers.
    I loved it here, it was so interesting and time consuming too!
    Adult or child, I think you will feel the same!

    Flat Rock is located near Balllina

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    FLAT ROCK

    by balhannah Written Oct 9, 2013

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    On a cooler windy day, we decided to go and see what Flat Rock was like. Following the Coast road, we had just come out of the Ballina suburbs and there was the road to Flat Rock. Following the narrow road, we arrived at Flat Rock Camp site, only unpowered sites here. A short distance away was a small car park and a walkway to the Beach. Everybody seemed to be surfers except for us!
    Walking in the deep sand was hard going, so my husband made a detour to the observation deck to watch the Kite and Windsurfers in action! They were having a ball in the strong wind, what an adrenalin rush they must have been getting!
    The beach was clean and sandy with hardly anybody else here! After looking along the beach to the next headland, I decided to walk over and explore the rock pools I had been told about.
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    A GARDEN OF LIGHTHOUSES!

    by balhannah Written Oct 9, 2013

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    I wonder how many people find Peter Gutter's house! I had read about it, but didn't write down the location. As it happened, we came upon it by accident!

    Peter Gutter emirgrated from Holland to Australia in the 1950's, and has lived most of his life at Shelley Beach, East Ballina.

    He has tiled most of his house, and built tiered planter boxes in his garden, along with many windmills, lighthouses and letterboxes and other forms of artwork. Now in his 80's, he still has more he wants to do, but says time is running out!

    I had to make a stop and take some photo's - for VT of course!

    The website tells his story and shows more of his artwork.

    Location 58 Shelly Beach road, Ballina

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    SCENIC LOOKOUT- McLEODS SHOOT

    by balhannah Updated Oct 9, 2013

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    This scenic lookout is one of the best, that is the views!
    We have stopped here many times. As you travel the Pacific highway past the turn-off to Bangalow when heading towards Brisbane, look out for Coolamon Scenic drive located at the top of a hill. Turn left, and you will see the lookout right on the corner, this is known as "Mcleods shoot."
    The views are far reaching and beautiful, I could even see Mt. Warning in the distance and Julian Rocks, a small island out to sea. This area is nearly always green and is very scenic.

    A MUST STOP FOR THE VIEW

    View from McLeods Shoot View from McLeods Shoot View from McLeods Shoot Towards Byron Bay lighthouse View of Julian Rocks
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    Lennox Head

    by Colzy Written Jun 16, 2005

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    Lennox Head is situated at about the mid-way point between Byron Bay and Ballina, about 5km north of Ballina. It is basically a small seaside village but one that boasts some pretty spectacular beaches. I have to admit that Lennox Head Pub is also worth a look :)

    Lennox Head's beaches definitely rival Byron's especially when Byron's seem to be full of tourists. Lennox Point has a legendary near perfect right-hand break that attracts surfers from around the world. Another unique feature of Lennox is Lake Ainsworth. This is a fresh water lake whose water has been stained by all the tea trees that surround it. The water has the appearance of Coca Cola in my opinion and is excellent for your hair and skin and a nice change from the salt water beaches. It is also an excellent place for a variety of water sports including windsurfing. Lennox Point is also a great place for a spot of hangliding.

    Lennox Point
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    The hinterland

    by Colzy Written Jun 16, 2005

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    This region of New South Wales is incredibly unique because of its vicinity to both the coast and some amazing hinterland. Because most Australian towns are situated on the coast it makes for something really different to get out and experience the countryside. You will encounter the local crops such as sugar cane and macadamia, stumble across some beautiful old timber buildings and rolling green hills. Chuck a blanket down under a eucalypt tree and have a picnic before heading back to the beautiful beaches.

    An old farm house
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    One of the most fascinating...

    by shrimp56 Written Sep 29, 2002

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    One of the most fascinating things about visiting Australia was the flora. [I didn't see much fauna -- except for one 'road-kill kangaroo, but that wasn't because my hosts didn't try!] This picture is of a temperate rainforest, an item we associate most often with the tropics.

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    The view from the Ansett...

    by shrimp56 Written Sep 29, 2002

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    The view from the Ansett Airways plane as it circled Ballina, NSW before landing. They always do this to make sure the landing strip is clear as there is no control tower! Back in 1995 there was no security either.
    Ballina is on a river that, of course, leads into the Pacific Ocean.

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    We also visited Byron Bay. The...

    by shrimp56 Written Sep 29, 2002

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    We also visited Byron Bay. The picture is of the eastern most point of land in continental Australia.

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    We went to a Garden Centre...

    by shrimp56 Written Sep 29, 2002

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    We went to a Garden Centre near Ballina where I saw many plants, very few of which I recognized! My friends then picked some local flowers to further my education and for me to enjoy!

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