Byron Bay – A Northern Rivers Natural Wonder.
When you hear the
words Byron Bay, you automatically conjure up thoughts and emotions of its
pristine sandy beaches, tropical coloured waters, surfers and sun bakers. Known
the world over Byron Bay is a Mecca for holiday makers and tourists alike.
Yesterday I decided to
brave the traffic and crowds to sample some of the things that make Byron Bay
one of the most sought out destinations on the planet. From the Northern Rivers
Hinterland, I traveled through Bangalow, up and over Hayters Hill, cruising in
from the Southern end of Byron Bay.
Woody Head – A
Northern Rivers Natural Wonder -On
borrowed time, going, going ... gone ?
posing an ever bigger threat to numerous beachfront campsites and caravan parks
along Australia’s magnificent coastline. In recent years, huge waves and strong
currents have caused massive changes to many, many areas and it’s far from just
an issue in our towns. Woody Head in Bundjalung National Park is one of the fastest-eroding
beaches in New South Wales … and is retreating at abouttwo metres every year.
Whian Whian Falls – A Northern Rivers Natural
Just outside the town of Dunoon in the Northern
Rivers, NSW there is a stunning oasis that is known as, Whian Whian Falls. Like most, it isn’t signposted very well
signposted and to
get there you drive through Dunoon, take a left hand turn down Whian Whian
Not far down that road, at the bottom of a hill and across the bridge, there is a parking area on
the left seemingly
in the middle of nowhere. It is a little hard to miss, especially if there is a
tour bus parked there as was the case on the day I visited.
Bexhill, established in the early 19th century, was the central point of the early North Coast of New South Wales. In the 19th century Bexhill was known as Baldhill. Bexhill's early production was red cedar logging and its close proximity to Boat Harbour made the floating of logs an easy task during flood waters. As the Red Cedar industry started to dwindle, the Bexhill Brick works was established and it produced many of the bricks for the far north coast. It closed down towards the end of the 1990s, unable to keep up with the production of bricks from Coffs Harbour and Newcastle.
Browns Creek Rehabilitation Stage 1 - 10 years on and thriving...
In Lismore, New South Wales today, most people would travel over Browns Creek without knowing it was there, especially if they were going over the track from Richmond Lane car park to Zadoc Street. On most maps of Lismore it does not appear. However, it has a long history and so does the family who gave its name to the creek.
Browns Creek was a part of the natural drainage system of Lismore. It ran from below the New Ballina Cutting, down Orion Street, across the area now occupied by Lismore Caravan Park, over Dawson and Zadoc Streets, down Keen Street and across to Molesworth Street, where it entered the main river system just above the old Northern Star Building.