We had a family getaway in Lennox Head, a seaside village on a stretch of coast between Byron Bay and Ballina in New South Wales. With Coolangatta as our destination via AirAsia, it was great as getting to my sis-in-law's beach bungalow was just an hour's drive on the Pacific H'way.
This was our second visit.And another memorable one - great hospitality , lovely meals and the company of relatives from Brisbane and friends, the beach walks and making friends with Helder who hails from Portugal was regularly fishing by the beach, near the bungalow. He showed me how to prepare the fishing rod for a catch.
Xmas lunch was specially cooked by a mother and daughter team. Boxing Day was a family affair with rellies from Brisbane and friends from Casino. It was BBQ time! Certainly Xmas is very unlike what we had experienced in Europe. I think my Xmas hat made the extra impact to say, 'Christmas is here!!'
All in, we had a truly wonderful time, in a relaxed way in Lennox. Then it was time to enjoy Sydney and we flew from Ballina via JetStar. Sydney was bustling with people. It was a treat to watch the New Year fireworks from a house atop a hill in RoseBay . Imagine seeing Sydney Opera House and the Harbour and the night sky aglow with colours.
Happy 2013 everyone. Hope you have a happy and healthy year.
|Our view from the balcony. The rush of the waves is music to our ears.|
|Lake Ainsworth ,a freshwater lake north of the village which has tannin-stained waters due to the tea trees grown there.|
|Lennox Point - popular with surfers and hang-gliders|
|Got a chance to hold Helder's fishing rod|
|A friendly wave from Helder - fishing's done!|
|A lovely day which beachcombers can't resist|
|The beauty of the waves|
From Pat Morton Lookout
|This is where I strolled|