I started out yesterday trying to get to Ballina in Northern NSW but stopped off along the way in Brunswick Heads. See further down my post for more pictures of this gorgeous place.
That made me think of all the towns around the northern NSW area and Southern Qld that start with the letter B and I thought hmm not a bad continuing post heading. When I run out of B’s Ill move on to another letter. B will give me good fodder for a few posts yet.
We didn’t make it past Brunswick Heads I’m afraid. Stopping off on the way into town my friend and I happened upon ReSould, a retro store full of items from the 50’s and 60’s – mid century modern, Danish design, vintage retro lampshades, anything vintage and classic. Its on Tweed Street heading into Brunswick Heads from the Pacific Highway.
Only a block or two on from there we stopped again to find another two vintage shops – Clems Cargo and Sentimental Treasures. Two treasure troves of memories of our childhood. I dare you not to find something from your house as a child!
Northern Rivers Second Hand Trail is a good website to look at that gives you trails to follow on a Sunday drive through the northern area of NSW discovering old wares along the way.
We finally made it into the picturesque town of Brunswick Heads. Sitting beside the Brunswick River entrance and just a skip from the beach, this town is understated yet simply perfect and a popular spot for holidaymakers. Being school holidays when we were there, it was packed with families enjoying the winter sunshine. A perfect spot for kids to fish off the bridge, take a kayak ride or head over to the beach for a dip.
First stop lunch…. Hotel Brunswick, an iconic feature of the township and very popular with diners and drinkers alike, a typical Aussie pub! It was built in the 1940s and retains much of its original charm and architecture. I highly recommend their Bangers and Mash and Atlantic Salmon – simply magnificent and the whole plate is filled, value for money.
After our late lunch we sauntered over to the river. Kayaks were for hire but after such a big lunch I was afraid if I fell off I’d sink straight to the bottom so maybe next time. The river is so clear you can actually see the fish you want to catch, although being so clear we noticed a lot of fish under the bridge hiding from the fisherman waiting in the sunshine on the other side.
Of course the day wouldn’t be quite finished without dessert so a small walk around to the icecream shop and we felt like we had completed our tour of the day. Brunswick Heads, once in the CBD proper, is small. You can park your car and walk around the various areas comfortably. We are only taking about two blocks.. just perfect!
Deciding to take the scenic route home on the old highway we finally stopped off at the boat harbour on the edge of town but I forgot to bring my tripod so it was too dark for the camera to be hand held… I have this on the list for next time. We also spied across the river a popular spot for fisherman at Ocean Shores with some oyster plots looking particularly interesting in the sunset. It doesn’t start with B but Ill be back to do some sunset shots here but with my tripod next time…
Must do a check list before leaving the house next time. Also on that list – memory cards. I had two but one was faulty – that’s annoying!!! and with my new camera, it takes pictures in RAW and jpeg of the same thing so doubles up pretty quickly. Oh to read that manual for the 70D… If anyone can give me a quick tip just to shoot in RAW only that would be much appreciated.
Its amazing in the dark where you think you are going is not actually where you really are. A long journey home trying to get back on the freeway took us on a zig zag trip back to Banora Point (Oh another B place!!). Finally arriving mid evening but a lovely quite warm winter’s day, fun things to do with a fun friend and some okay pics..
Hopefully Ballina in the next post of Bs!
Another great description of your day in a B place..great idea by the way doing B’s.. Loved the pelican shot especially. Brunswick is a gorgeous town and those vintage shops a real treasure trove..did you find any old silver cutlery or Cane lampshade?? Glad you had such a good day. Great photos..all.
Thanks Di..no lampshade, no tray and no crystal decanter but maybe next time. It was a gorgeous day out.
I think I was at Brunswick Heads the same day as you (Saturday?). It was a beautiful day. Did you get to the markets? It was my first time to these markets. They are lovely and small compared to the other local markets and right next to the river. I haven’t being into the shops you wrote about I must check them out sometime. I have just wrote about my visit to Brunswick over on my blog. Just a few photos from my iPhone this time. You have taken some lovely photos.
How funny is that. It was this Saturday just gone. I was there from about 1pmish onwards. I didn’t get to the markets Michelle, we were going to but got sidetracked. We probably almost bumped shoulders. There was one lady there with a long zoom lens that we noticed… maybe that was you?? Love your photos, especially the shadow of you taking a picture off the bridge with the lovely river below. Great perspective. I’m going back over to your blog to have a look.
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I love Your water photos very much.
Thanks so much. I really appreciate your compliment 🙂
No, it is not compliment. I love sea and lakes. If You check my latest post, You understand it immediately.