Once I have caught up with all the family's news and toured the garden, it has become a bit of a ritual for Tony and me to head to the beach early on Sunday morning with the dogs, while the rest of the household (four teenagers) sleeps in, and my sister-in-law Leanne enjoys some well deserved peace and quiet.
We generally head for Flat Rock, which I have posted previously here, but yesterday we made our way a little further north to Sharpe's Beach and walked over the headland towards Lennox Head, about 20 km south of Byron Bay. We were a bit later than usual which made for a fairly hot walk, but we were more than rewarded by the stunning views.
|Looking south to our starting point, the carpark at Sharpe's Beach, Ballina|
|Tony with Goody, and Miss B at our first stop under the pandanas.|
|Enjoying the shade|
|The official photographer is always lagging behind.|
|'Mush, Bella and Onslow!'|
|A pandanus's precarious grip on the cliff face|
|Through the banksias - lots of branches down after the recent storm|
|Banksia seed heads|
|Looking towards Lennox Head|
|'But Mum, only mad dogs go out in the midday sun!'|
|View of Sharpe's Beach towards Flat Rock|
After our walk, it was time to head home to Brisbane, but I couldn't resist one little diversion... a pie at the Humble Pie headquarters in Billinudgel. I was a bit unadventurous, settling on a chunky beef pie and tempted by a strawberry and rhubarb cheesecake, but the new Chicken, Chilli and Mango pie is on my list for next time. Nor could I resist a quick drive-through the little town of Billinudgel and a short drive into the surrounding countryside before heading back to the highway.
|Hoop pine and grazing cattle just outside Billinudgel|
|The local 'pub' - looks like a good spot for lunch|
Much as I love getting home, it is always wonderful to have the chance to have a bit of wander or Sunday drive through such beautiful countryside.