sunday driving


We went for a drive into the hinterland and down south today.  We used to do these drives all the time when we lived with Mum but we haven’t since we moved to our own place.  This was partly because funds have been a little bit tighter but also because we don’t have the intense desire to get out of here like we did at Mum’s hahahah.  We just love where we live so much! 

Just over the border into New South Wales

I am itching to travel and our winter snow holiday is 6 months away so I thought we could all do with a mini adventure day drive to some of our favourite places.  It will give us that taste of travel without spending much money and it is something we can all do (pup included) without too much preparation or organisation.  I love feeling like a tourist in our area.  It makes you see the place so differently and helps you enjoy it so much more.  I also love seeing it through Lennox’s eyes.  She loves going on adventures and so does out dog Kaida. 

Kaida loves to travel too!

 

The only thing is I want the house clean for when I get back!  I hate walking away from a filthy house to have a great day only to have to come back to it all at the end of the day.  It is just something I have to do.  So before I go today I am doing the dishes, will sweep the floor and hang out the washing so when I come home it is all fresh and ready to make dinner and cosy up at home in fresh sheets ready for our start to the week. It doesn’t take long to do but it feels so good to come home to! 

Knox Park, Murwillumbah

It is so important to have good places for breaks on road trips – no matter how long the drive is.  As a mum I have found this so much more important than I did before having a child.  There are so many reasons a good place to break is important but one that has a play area, toilet and shade/shelter is a must. Even if the play area is just a creek, fountain or garden with some grass is fine, as long as it is off the road a bit so you don’t have to worry that your lil one will run off into cars. 

a monument to the original lumberjacks of the area.

When going on longer road trips it is so awesome to have good places to stop and recharge or have somewhere comfortable and pretty to make and eat food and for our little girl to run off some of the energy that gets built up by sitting in the car for hours.   Today we stopped in Knox Park Murwillumbah NSW.  We have never stopped there before but we will definitely stop there again as it was huge and the gardens were beautiful, it had a huge shaded playground as well as heaps of green space and also this cool lily pond with a duck and ibis island!  We had a great little picinic under a tree near the lake – even though there are tables and chairs I like sitting on a blanket under a tree.  

lily from the pond


We drove down through to Pottsville, we were planning on going further on but then saw this spot at the creek and had to stop.  We spent all afternoon here, it was magic.  We so needed a day like this and it didn’t cost us anything but $20 petrol.  I took food and water and we just had fun! 

Pottsville, New South Wales

a massive friend we met today in the creek. glad we just met the one!

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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!