|7th March. On the road again we are going to Ballina, the drive was similar to what we have travelled through, farm land, then mountains and at last the ocean. We arrived as usual about lunchtime and booked into the Lakeside Caravan Park, which is nice, very good amenities and facilities it’s rated 41/2 star. As the name suggests it is on the edge of the Richmond River, and is a popular fishing spot.
8th March. Dull and overcast again, but we decided to drive to Bangalow, which is a quaint little village, the scenery around the area is very impressive with mountains and farms one side and the ocean the other. After morning tea at Bangalow we then travelled to Byron Bay which is the most easterly point of Australia, there are quite a few large mansion type houses (I believe Hoges and Linda have a house here) but basically it is a surfing spot. We went up to the Lighthouse which gives wonderful views, the weather being off, didn’t make for good photos. Then on the way back towards Ballina we stopped off at Lennox Head, which is very much like Byron Bay.
9th March. An easy day we took a drive to the Thursday Plantation Complex (which is only about 10klms from town) where they grow and are well known for tea tree oil and products, there is a very impressive sales and tea room and the garden has lots of sculptures, there is a large maze and rain forest, we took a walk through the rain forest but couldn’t wait to get to the other end as the mozzies were as thick as flies. We came back to the park for lunch then did the shopping.
10th March. Another very easy day, we went to Centrelink then on to the Ballina RSL Club for morning tea which was very nice as the Club is situated right on the river’s edge. We came back to the park and Wayne decided to wash the car and caravan and I did the ironing.