our quest for a beer with a view

on the road to Brunswick Heads

on the road to Brunswick Heads

So, we went down to Brunswick Heads as we had heard that it is a beautiful spot and the pub is on the river so we thought ‘great! another beer/lemonade with a view’.  After our first little trip to Eagle Heights for a beer with a view we have been committed to finding places to have a beer with a view.  We were bitterly disappointed with the view from the Brunswick Heads Hotel.  It is across the road from the river so you can’t see it at all from the beer garden, it is also a smoking area except for a small non-smoking section, so totally not enjoyable to sit at unless you smoke.  It is a lovely hotel and has an awesome variety of beers, ciders and wines all on tap (however I couldn’t indulge in those) my husband loved it!  However, we did not really love Brunswick Heads, its a pretty location but the vibe of the town was weird (maybe thats just us) and the public spaces are poorly maintained and had some very dodgy characters in them.

Beers and Ciders on tap at Brunswick Heads Hotel

Beers and Ciders on tap at Brunswick Heads Hotel

After eating a yummy vegie burger and chips at the pub, we decided to move on and explore somewhere else.  We decided to go and drive through Mullumbimby and follow the Old Pacific Highway around to Lennox Head.  The views on the drive were amazing to say the least and were very refreshing after our Brunswick Heads disappointment.

view from the Old Pacific Highway to Byron Bay

view from the Old Pacific Highway to Byron Bay

We made it over to Lennox Head and we are never disappointed.  It is home to me.  We had sorbets and sat at the beach enjoying watching the pelicans and hang-gliders and ended our day with a Lennox Head Pizza which always makes everything better.  I am so glad we decided to get out of Brunswick and go to Lennox, I never regret going to Lennox.

Lennox Head

Lennox Head

Pelicans hanging out

Pelicans hanging out

Next week we aren’t going anywhere as we are getting the car serviced… I am already looking forward to the following week’s adventures!

family days out and about….

In the last couple of weeks I have been able to do more since giving birth to our gorgeous daughter, and I have been itching to explore the area around where we live and revisit some places I have always loved. This started out very spontaneously on a Sunday arvo when we had been cooped up in the house as we all caught a cold a few days earlier and the house had been nothing but sniffles, coughs, tissues and eucalyptus. I was craving a view from the mountains and I thought it would be a nice idea to find a place that we could sit and have a drink with a view.

My husband had never been up to Eagle Heights Mountain Resort on Mt Tambourine before and I knew that it had a spectacular view from their beer garden so I thought that would be a nice place to go. He got to try a Fat Yak beer off the taps and I got to have a lemonade. If I wasn’t breastfeeding I would totally go for a beer! It was a gorgeous afternoon and the view off the mountain back to the gold coast was just what I needed.

kookaburras at the beer garden

kookaburras at the beer garden

We stayed there until the sun passed down behind the range and the air got a bit cooler – we didn’t want our little girl Lennox to get sick again so we headed home, refreshed and rejuvenated after a mostly snotty weekend.

We loved that little trip so much we decided to do this more often now that I am well and Lennox is such a great little travel companion. So we planned our next weekend and decided to go to Tyalgum via the Numinbah Valley and Natural Arch National Park. My husband had never been to Natural Arch and we both had never visited Tyalgum. We were also keen to go to Chillingham as they have the cutest little corner store/pub and fruit market with the yummiest jams and freshest local produce.

On our way!

On our way!

Many years ago I had a friend who is a National Park Ranger and he lived in the ranger house at Natural Arch (he is now at Longreach) – so this place became like a second home for a while and is so familiar and magical to me. It has a waterfall that goes through the top of a cave that has glow worms and little bats in it. The forest lights up at night with fireflies, glowing mushrooms and the glow worms. There are also the cutest little (some not so little) trapdoor spiders on the banks of the forest walk too as well as many bird and marsupial species.

Numinbah Valley views.

Numinbah Valley views.

Numinbah Valley views

Numinbah Valley views

Anyway, Brett (husband) had never been here so I was keen to make a stop there and go for a walk.

Natural Arch - a waterfall coming through a hole in the top of a cave.  This cave has glow worms and cute little bats in it.

Natural Arch – a waterfall coming through a hole in the top of a cave. This cave has glow worms and cute little bats in it.

After this we headed to Tyalgum as we had heard that it was a pretty little village. The drive to Tyalgum is amazing, I felt like I was in exploring a place so far from home except this is only about an hour away from home, there are rolling hills, mountain peaks and ridges and beautiful valleys with streams. Tyalgum really only a one street town, with a Pub and some craft shops, gallerys, cafes and the school. It was a very windy and cold day so we actually didn’t explore much of the town and there weren’t many people about, but the people we met were very welcoming and friendly and we are keen to go back to visit again.

We followed the road back to Chillingham via Murwillumbah and stopped in the little store I mentioned and bought some yummy Davidson’s Plum Jam and Madamia and Cacao spread (OMG YUM!). We headed home reluctantly and began planning our next family outing.

This week………Brunswick Heads, New South Wales!!!

our little travelling complanion

our little travelling complanion