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A beautiful holiday and fishing place on the coast
A bit of a bottleneck where the highway is concerned
In a nutshell
Lovely to visit, holiday and fish.
When enjoying the great surf and beaches here in Northern New South Wales always make sure that you have the sun "covered". Use a strong sunscreen of at least 30 + on all exposed skin areas. The sun here can be relentless and with Australia having the highest rates of skin cancer it pays to cover up.. We all love a tan but the cost can be a very high one. With the the hole in the Ozone layer above us here , the Ultra Violet rays are that much stronger and consequently more dangerous.
After you have been swimming or surfing make sure that you re- apply the sunscreen as it washes off...especially to your nose and the tops of your ears. Try and wear a wide brimmed hat and a pair of sunglasses Also a lip balm is handy as is a good moisturiser.
Written Jan 15, 2012
One of our members went to a considerable amount of trouble to find, get directions for and book what we thought was a lovely farmhouse accommodation. A place where we could be by ourselves, have a nice view, do our own catering and relax overnight after visiting the Crystal Castle. A number of phone calls were made and website information received and a (what appeared to be) detailed map of how to find them was received, and a deposit paid to them. We were so happy having had a wonderful visit to the crystal castle and set off in caravan to find our farmhouse. The directions as to where the place was, was accurate........i.e. through a banana plantation up a steep hill.........but the untruth came in the form of that the road was ok to drive in a car. One of our vehicles was a van. The concrete road was the occasional strip of broken concrete with rubble in between sections (boulders in some places) and with the drizzle it was pretty slippery. In fact we couldn't turn around (as in change our minds) and the van skidded, bogged, bumped and jived periously close to the edge a number of times- the car didn't do much better. It seemed to go for miles and the drivers were really packing it..........as in "OH **** **** ****". Luckily we came to a little clearing on one side and decided to turn around at that point- and hoped to get down safely.
Unique Suggestions: When we finally reached the bottom again safely.............we had this great group hug........laughed and cried and carried on.........I even threatened to have a smoke...............(I didn't though). We really thought that we were lucky to come out of there alive.
Our alternative was in having the good luck to find the Lyrebird Motel in Mullumbimby that had vacancies otherwise we don't know what we might have done......... see accommodation tip.
Fun Alternatives: NEVER go somewhere unless you have the full details from a vter or someone that you know personally that has been there.
Updated Nov 5, 2005
Favorite thing: The beaches to the east of Ballina are good, even by Australia's exceptional standards. No visit to the area is complete without trying the surf at Lighthouse Beach, Shelly Beach and/or Angels Beach. They all stand in sharp contrast to the urban quality of the town centre. Here the Pacific Ocean breaks on beautiful sandy beaches and there are nearly always ideal surfing conditions.
Further north you're liable to find quality breaks at Sharpe's Beach and, of course, the next one north which is the legendary Lennox Head.
Fondest memory: Sharpe's is also a great spot to go birdwatching with boardwalks through the heath land just beyond the sands. See pics 4 and 5.
Updated Sep 12, 2011