A Sunday Stroll Along the Beaches of New South Wales, Australia

Stroll is an understatement, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

Very often my posts on a Monday are about what I’ve been up to at the weekend. The reason I do this is not because I think anybody cares what I’ve been up to over the weekend, but I do think it gives a good insight into the Australian lifestyle.

Before I talk about this weekend, I would like to remind you that today is the first day of winter here in Australia and therefore Saturday and Sunday were the last two days of autumn.

A Sunday stroll on the beach

Not so much a stroll, as I’ve already mentioned, this was much more than that; it was a charity walk.

Charity WalkThis was no ordinary charity walk either, it was a 35 kilometre walk starting in Byron Bay and ending up in Ballina.

Walk routeSource: chopperwalk.com.au

As you can see from that map, not just a charity walk, but a coastal charity walk. At least 24 kilometres of this walk would be on sand. I didn’t take part in the walk myself, my day was much tougher than that; well somebody had to look after the kids…

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Kids swimmingSo whilst I was doing all the hard work, my wife and a couple of her friends were strolling along the beach to help raise funds for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

Let’s digitally walk with them for a while…

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ChopperwalkAfter 5 hours of walking they reached Lennox Head, the second official resting area 24 kilometres into the walk, at around 12 noon…

Lennox Head restpointA short rest, snacks, freshwater, and if they needed it…

podiatryBy around 12:30 PM they were back on the road, or rather sand again to complete the final 11 kilometres…

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ChopperwalkThey met some strange characters during this final third of their walk…

star warsAnd it’s very possible they would have seen dolphins playing in the sea, we did the day before…

DolphinsBefore hitting the finishing line at around 3 PM…


The finishWe all had an absolutely fabulous weekend and the more I see of the wonderfully rugged New South Wales coastline, the more I like.

Elsewhere in Australia though, swimming was the last thing on people’s minds as the first day of winter brought snow…

A photo posted by Dani Kell (@danikell72) on

Yes, Australia is a big country. There are many more pictures of snow over at news.com.au

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  • OZZYAL June 17, 2015, 10:27 pm |

    After growing up in the area (Lismore) and spending much time on the beaches there, it is a fantastic place and a very decent work especially on sand.

    thank you Bob for the blog, i am a Brit, raised in Oz, living back in the UK and looking to move back to Brisvegas in the next few years with my wife and young daughters.

    I have forwarded on more blog posts then I care to mention to my wife to get this process moving. I look forward to future posts.

    • BobinOz June 18, 2015, 11:55 pm |

      Sounds like you are in the process of convincing your wife to move to Australia, I hope you succeed, I’m sure it would be a great move for you and your family.

      And I have to say, yes, the beaches in northern New South Wales are fantastic, it’s a great area of this country. Hope to see you here soon.

      Cheers, Bob

  • Mrs BobinOz June 2, 2015, 9:07 pm |

    It was 37km not 35km !! Every kilometre counts 🙂

    • BobinOz June 3, 2015, 3:45 pm |

      Oh, hello Mrs Bob, how nice of you to pop by 🙂

  • Snoskred June 2, 2015, 11:19 am |

    I think maybe you drew the excellent straw on this occasion. 🙂 That is one heck of a walk!

    Love the massage, podiatry, first aid sign with place arrow here at the bottom. 🙂 I assume people just stood there looking at it with no clue where to go next!

    • BobinOz June 2, 2015, 9:07 pm |

      Never mind about the ‘people’, I didn’t sleep last night thinking about that blasted ‘place arrow here’ instruction. 🙂

      What can it possibly mean?

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