All the Way to the Eastern Tip

After “chickening out” on the trip to the northern “tip” (Australia’s Cape York Peninsula), nothing was going to stop us reaching the eastern extremity (Cape Byron). Except, maybe, a wrong turn…..?


We arrived in Byron Bay on “Beachside Market Day”. The town was busy and traffic was sloooow. We didn’t know exactly how to get to our destination at Clarkes Beach caravan park and our “Sat Nav” couldn’t pinpoint the exact location.

_DSC6603
Byron Bay Beach

Then a “Clarkes Beach” sign appeared and we assumed an immediate left turn was needed. Whoops, we were stuck, with towbar scrapping on a wide concrete path to nowhere, and half the caravan still out on the road blocking one lane.

Maggie jumped out and began directing traffic so I could reverse out, to the tune of metal still scrapping on concrete. And with a large number of impatient eyes burning contempt deep into my already damaged psyche, I slumped into an embarrassed heap.

Minutes later, we did find the caravan park, but sour memory of “That Incident” remained with us both …….. for at least an hour.

>>>>>>

_DSC6646
The point below Fisherman’s Lookout

Byron Bay is known as a surfing mecca. Most days the beach is full of surfing contenders, bunched together where ever the waves shape up best.

Tourism is focussed on beach culture, hospitality and promoting that somewhat famous “Byron Bay Vibe”.

_DSC6610
Fisherman’s Lookout

And while it’s a small town, it certainly knows how to charge top city prices.

At the Beach Hotel, I expressed surprise given the cost of two draught beers and a packet of chips. The bartender responded with a knowing smile, “Welcome to Byron Bay mate”. I instantly knew he was right; just enjoy what Byron Bay has to offer (but not too much of it or you’ll “go broke”).

_DSC6629
Northeast view from Fisherman’s Lookout
_DSC6627
“The Eastern Tip”

Cape Byron is the undisputed, most easterly point of the Australian mainland. But I had to know. How much further east is it than the second most easterly point, which I suspect is Broken Head NSW (20k drive south)? With help from Wikipedia I calculated it to be approximately 16 kilometers further east. Now I can relax.

But I do wonder, how much further east it is than say……. Sydney?

>>>>>>

_DSC6868
Cape Byron Lighthouse – from Clarkes Beach

On the afternoon of our last day in “Byron” we drove up to the lighthouse. Why did we leave it so late?

The small car park near the lighthouse was full, with many visitors ahead of us still hoping to find a spot. Designated parking cost $8, while illegal parking was a great deal more. With a ranger in site, we decided to move on. Next time, we will …….???

>>>>>>

_DSC6682
House on the beach for rent

There are a small number of houses this close to the beach. I suspect the council wouldn’t approve further development here, though.

_DSC6686
Another, precariously perched house, above the beach

>>>>>

The small heritage town of Banglow is around 20 kilometers south-west of Byron Bay.

_DSC6710
Bangalow Heritage Buildings

I love the colour and simple design of these Bangalow buildings.

_dsc6761
What! A corner store with no food or icecream?

Lunch with drinks at the Bangalow Pub was enjoyable and good value.

_DSC6722
Bangalow’s Main Street
_DSC6749
Another architectural gem in Banglow’s main street

>>>>>>

_DSC6599
Award winning car and vintage caravan

Our “caravan park” neighbour entered this amazing vehicle in the annual Brunswick Heads car show (15 minutes north of Byron) and won an award. His car is by no means an original. It consists of a Willys front section (sedan from late 1930s) and an old Jeep wagon rear (not certain of vintage); runs a Chevy 350 V8 motor (original was supplied with a tiny 4 cylinder); modern wheels, tyres and brakes, leather seats etc.. It is a beautiful creation.

US car manufacturer, Willys, not only made SEDAN cars in the early 20th Century, it was also the originator of the WWII military Jeep.

>>>>>>

Meanwhile, something happened down on the beach.

_DSC6874
An alien came and imprinted itself on the sand
_DSC6810
Time for fishing? Or is he giving up?

Regardless, it was a perfect time for a beach walk

_DSC6861
Sunset at Byron Bay

 

Well, only one more destination to complete our inaugural Winter Odyssey. I can hear the sighs of disappointment from here.

So, hope you “tune in” for …

A BIGGER than the second BEN-HUR production

from Port Macquarie NSW

Nah, it won’t be anything like that, really!

Advertisements

8 thoughts on “All the Way to the Eastern Tip

    1. We recently returned from a cruise that took us from Italy through to Spain. Many pics to show and stories to tell from that adventure. Hope to publish a blog on Dubai this week as we stayed there 5 days on our way to board the cruise ship.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s