Australia’s Best Town?

23 Nov

We headed into our home state with excitement (for daylight savings)and sadness. We have been looking forward to so many places in Northern NSW but we are now very close to home and the end of an amazing year.

Our first stop in NSW was at Hastings Point, just North of Byron Bay. We stayed at the Big 4 because it had an inside play area and there was some bad weather predicted, and it also had it’s own water park and two water slides. Rosie was so excited that there was no man at the top of the slide telling her she was too small to go on it. She said “there’s no man at the top dad!” Rosie and Arch must have gone on these slides about 300 times each. Head first, feet first, backwards and sidewards.

We headed down to Byron Bay for a day trip. Byron was busy, just like everyone said it would be, but it is still a beautiful place. After a few laps of town and an illegal turn in the middle of the main street we found a park in front of a cafe that served Byron Bay coffee, cookies and advertised old fashion thickshakes.


Cape Byron is the most Easterly point of Australia and the walk from the lighthouse to Watego Beach is beautiful.



From Hastings Point we headed down to Yamba. On the way we went through Ballina. The Bunnings store in Ballina has adopted the Big Prawn and restored it and it has pride of place out the front. So I guess that makes it a better Bunnings than the one in Ulladulla Finn!


Yamba is actually voted Australia’s best town! We were both excited about going to Yamba but were worried we would be disappointed. Thankfully it was sensational. Beautiful beaches, great creeks and estuaries, a fantastic van park and two great pubs. 


The Blue Dolphin Tourist Park had a deal on ocean view ensuite sights so we settled in for a week. We battened down the hatches as there was more bad weather on the way. It rained, hailed and blew hard on and off for a few days but we hardly noticed it, which says a lot for the town. We pumped yabbies right out the front of the van park and watched the trawlers roll in and out while Archie and Rosie caught a few small Bream each from the Jetty.




We caught the ferry across to Iluka and rode our bikes through the rainforest to Iluka Bluff.



We drove down to Angourie to check out the Blue Pool and Green Pool created at some disused quarries and watched the school kids jump from the rock walls. We then did some rock climbing with Archie leading the way and coaching Rosie to Level 7 in his own rock climbing ranking system?



 We had lunch at the Pacific Hotel, which must have one of the best views in Australia. DSC08465

We also had dinner at the Yamba Shores Tavern out on the Clarence River with a different outlook as we watched the storm roll in.




We finished off the week meeting some new friends from Perth and collecting hundreds of soldier crabs for crab races. We never actually had the races as the kids were having a ball chasing crabs and digging them out of the sand. An easy arvo as we sat near the van drinking beer.

We are now on our way down to Sawtell and Crescent Head to catch up with some more friends.



2 Responses to “Australia’s Best Town?”

  1. Melanie Louth November 23, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    Yay – two sleeps until Crescent Head! Yamba looks awesome, another great spot for us to head to!
    You’ve just forgotten how awesome our Bunnings is. I can see how a large prawn could have blinded you!

  2. Travis November 25, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    Nice storm pic! This place looks great.

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