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Beautiful Ballina-Byron, New South Wales

The stunning NSW north coast

rain 24 °C
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From Warialda we had a picturesque drive through the countryside to the coast. I was particularly drawn to Grafton, NSW, however we were on a mission to get to Ballina before dark to pitch the trailer tent. Ballina wasnt quite the beachside haven I'd expected but wasnt bad. It has an excellent chinese restaurant! However Im beginning to feel way over indulgent on this trip and am aiming to eat out and spend less and live a bit (well a lot) more simply and sustainably like we do at home. Everything adds up and although we have a bit of spare cash at the moment there are so many wiser things to invest in other than our stomach's and that is something Ive been strongly convicted of on this trip so far. Especially since I had a dream (nightmare!) that I had a literal food baby growing inside me the other night. My stomach was at full term size when I woke up!! That definately put me off all the over indulgence...
Anyway, back to Ballina....we didnt spend much time in Ballina itself. The day after we arrived we went to a castle themed wildlife and play park 'Macadamia Castle' which welcomed us out the front with a giant knight.
Inside the castle was a cafe and giftshop where we had breaky and bought some macadamia nuts. Izaak got to hand feed some birds, alpacas and lambs, including bottle feeding a lamb- they were so cute!! After we left the castle we checked out the infamous Byron Bay.
It was my favourite place so far. The beaches were stunning; wild crashing waves, sand beaches framed by lush rainforest and mountainous ground. We found marine life in the rock pools including a spotty crab, some little guppies and an angel fish!
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After this we went into town where I spent most of the day getting Centrelink stuff done while Dad and Izaak went to another beach. The shops in Byron were awesome and it was probably best that I didnt have a chance to do much shopping. I did, however, get to check out the natural food shop where I was excited to see my shampoo and conditioner which Id almost run out of just inside the door. By the time I got all my official stuff out of the way it was time to head back to Ballina. It had rained most of the time we were in Ballina but it was still nice and warm compared to further down. The next morning we quickly packed up and headed off for our next destination.....Queensland! :)

Posted by Sheena Coughlan 04:22 Archived in Australia Tagged beach family

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