Friday 17th of September
Fingal – Byron
Fingal was awesome! The Fingal head holiday park was brilliant; the Kids loved it with a great little playground and a 20-metre stroll down to the beach. We really could have stayed here for the next five days but adventure lay ahead. So we hit the road after a walk along the beach.
We loaded up the Kea and headed for our first stop, Breakfast at “The Choux box” on Marine Parade Kingscliff. Kingscliff is a great little town and the people friendly “except for the two drunks fighting over the phone box”. The Choux Box had a great vibe relaxed and friendly. We were met by Brett the owner, who promptly sorted out our caffeine needs. The Menu was great. A nice mix of safe classics and some funky modern oz twist. Dee loved her Asian omelette. Fully fuelled it was time to hit the road.
Byron bound, we took the coast road which is something we rarely do as most of the time we are in a hurry and the new highway slices the travel time in half but cuts out all the good spots, but seeing as we did not have to do anything but rock up for a surfing lesson in Byron at two I thought that we should check out the other beaches along the way. It amazing how you just forgets the coast between Tweed and Byron since the motorway has connected the two.
Cruised into the Bay at around midday and thought we would drop in and show Dee’s dad our wheels. He’s getting those grey nomad kind of urges and the Kea was right up his alley! Taking old poppy for a cruise we head into town for a bight to eat prior to our surf lesson with Deano at Black Dog Surfing
Pop being a live in local in Byron for about 12 years knows all the best parking spots (well needed for a 6.8m long camper)
Lunch in Byron is never an easy choice but most people end up around the beach end of Jonson Street, but café 111 which is opposite the cinema was a real discovery serving lovely rustic eastern Mediterranean influenced food.
OK Fuelled up! It was Surf time. Dean and his sister Tam run black dog surfing, named after deano’s surfing black dog. Who strangely surfs facing backwards? The guys were awesome, I just grabbed a board and went for it but Dean made the Kids and Dee feel really comfortable. The Kids loved having their own wet suits. There was a pretty big swell building so we surfed at the pass just tucked in near the boat ramp, which allowed Dee and ruby to catch some smaller waves without getting in the way of the other surfers out there. The boys kind of abandoned the surfing once they realised they were going to get wet and just got naked and played in the sand. Dee on the other hand took to surfing like a duck to water.
We were pretty stuffed after our big second day on the road so it was time to drop poppy Pete off and check into our digs. The Kea was perfect for just rocking up, plugging in and getting into bed! We were Staying at Suffolk park holiday park that is tucked in of the road to Lennox, about a two-minute (max) walk from the beach. It’s a great little spot with awesome, clean facilities and loads of kids. Plenty of trees and fauna.
That night we had been recommended to eat at Fishmongers (behind the beach hotel) but when we rocked up the attitude was a bit much to deal with so we hit the quieter but much more family friendly Vietnamese about 50 metres up the road in the arcade.
Fully Fed it was time for bed (8.30pm and buggered)