Springtime, sun, surf & sand!

Trip Start May 29, 2009
Trip End Mar 05, 2011

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Terrace Reserve Top Tourist Park

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Yep, it's that time of year again...the birds are chirping, weeds are growing and the kids are on September school holidays!

In preparation for the onslaught we planned a 4 night mini-vacation (our longest stay in Milly so far) at the sleepy seaside town of Brunswick Heads, northern NSW.

A 2 hour drive from home and just a stone's throw from trendy Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads is a world away from the fast pace of modern life.

It is a special place for B as she spent her childhood holidays jumping the waves and wandering the sand dunes at the very same spot. After a 22 year absence she was relieved to find it still the same old Brunswick - with better coffee :)

We were very well prepared for this adventure, with a full house, good planning and packing is absolutely essential.

What we didn't account for was the once-in-70-year dust storm which blanketed most of NSW and southern QLD! As were drove across the NSW border the air was thick with dust and the visibility was terrible.

When the convoy finally arrived at the Terrace Reserve Caravan Park, the air was an erry, red haze.

The caravan park is a bit old and daggy but it has the best location in town, right on the river and just a short walk from the beach. Because of its location it is extremely popular and bookings are always required.  

The park has no extra facilities and has been developed much like a handyman's house renovation - bit by bit.

There are three amenities blocks throughout the park but they are like a historical exhibit on the development of wet tiles. We actually preffered the older block as it was the cleanest and the least popular with our 'colourful' neighbours. 

As it was school holidays the place was pretty packed and we were lucky to get a fairly private site in the middle of the park with drive through access - always a bonus!

In anticipation of some wild weather we hammered the annex down to within an inch of its life-that baby was going nowhere!
The dust storm didn't stop the kids who promptly headed into the freezing surf - clothes and all (well except one...)

Luckily the dust had cleared by morning and we woke to a spectacular day with warm sun and blue skies - much more our style!

We spent the next few days relaxing on the stunning beach-swimming, sunning, sleeping and reading. One of our old friends from Hervey Bay (Humpback whale) caused great excitement when he swam in to the beach to say hi-gorgeous!

In our more energetic moments we tried sand-boarding and sand-surfing - awesome dude! Hours of beach touch footy helped us burn off the fish and chips & lolies & beer & wine.....

We headed out for dinner one night at the famous Brunswick Hotel, a fantastic family-friendly pub with a beer garden and live music. The grown-ups loved singing along to the 80's hits - the kids weren't so sure... :)  

The last day of our holiday was blowing gale force winds so we retreated from the beach and settled in to watch the AFL Grand Final. After a nail-biting battle to the finish, the Geelong Cats beat St Kilda in one of the best footy games we've ever seen - better luck next year boys! 

Before we knew it our 4 nights were gone and it was time to pack up the crew and head back to Brisvegas.

If you're looking for great shopping, stylish surroundings and sophisticated dining - go to Noosa.

If you want to spend some quality time with your family, kicked back in togs and thongs with sand in your knickers and sea air in your face - go to Brunswick Heads :)
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