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Published: June 26th 2017
Geo: -28.6434, 153.612
This morning we had a leisurely start to the day. Our motel room had a toaster and a microwave. We had bought some supplies at Woolworths last night so had yoghurt and toasted muffins with Vegemite for breakfast accompanied by juice and coffee. What more can you want?
Our first visit was to Cape Byron, the easternmost point on the continent of Australia. Here we climbed up to the Lighthouse and explored the museum. We then walked down the walkway to the easternmost point but did not venture right down to the promontory as the climb back seemed daunting. The area is very interesting and there were many others looking around the place.
From there we drove along the coast towards Ballina. We stopped at Lennox Heads which was an interesting spot. The beach was sandy and inviting and the surf very fierce. The cliff at the end of the Heads was formidable but there was still a good area for swimming.There was also Lake Ainsworth which was an alternative swimming spot as the main beach was closed because of the high surf. The colour of the water was copper, very unusual.
We continued along the coast and reached Ballina by lunchtime.
Here there was a very small lighthouse and a large river delta. This is a bigger town than Byron Bay but seemingly with fewer people. We parked and walked along the shopping strip, stopping at the local Rivers store for a couple of purchases and investigating a second hand bookshop but to no avail.
After a modest lunch of Brumby's pies we drove back to Byron Bay and had a rest break at the motel. At 4pm we ventured out again and went down to the beach at Byron and had a lovely walk along the beach. The surf was crashing along the shore and many people were enjoying the sand. We had a lovely walk and enjoyed the warm water on our feet as the waves washed in. We then did some people watching from the balcony of the Beach Hotel.
Byron Bay is certainly a tourist Mecca. People of all ages and nationalities strolled past us and enjoyed the beach and surrounds. Cars were constant, crawling along the streets, ready to stop for the many pedestrians swarming along the streets..
After a walk along the main streets to choose a restaurant for the night we ascended to The Balcony Bar
for a glass of white wine and had a different perspective on the crowds from above.
Our evening meal was at Muoi's Feast. This great restaurant was appropriatley on Fletcher St. and was recommended from our motel.It is modern Australian with an Asian influence. We had a mixed entree to start which had duck spring rolls , prawn rolls and scallops accompanied by a Thai salad. Delicious! Fletcher then had a Filet Mignon accompanied by prawns and scallops while I had the Wild Duck. Both were extraordinary in taste and quality. The wine list was modestly priced as well and we enjoyed a bottle of Rymill's sauv blanc as well as a glass each of a Vasse Felix red. We went the whole hog by having dessert. I had a bread and butter Creme Brulee while Fletcher had a Creme Caramel accompanied by a mini sparkling white each. All was fantastic. and the bill was $60 cheaper than last night. I thoroughly recommend Muoi's Feast as a value for money great restaurant!!
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