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Byron Bay Roady

We hoped our shipping from Dubai would be delivered before Easter, but that was wishful thinking.   Rather than sit around an empty house we decided to head down to Byron Bay for a few nights.  Leaving it so late to book accommodation we were really lucky that a farm stay in the hinterland had a late cancellation & we were in luck.  We left on Friday & instead of heading straight down the coast we decided to take the scenic route!  We spent the day driving in the Gold Coast/Northern New South Wales hinterland & it was stunning! We set out towards Springbrook, then down to Murwillimbah & on to Uki cafe for coffee.

A slight wrong turn had us heading towards Nimbin but we soon realised & back-tracked to get on the correct road which took us on a dirt road through a national park over to Mullumbimby.  We had lunch at Brunswick Heads, the best felafel pockets from Yami & CJ got some fine fish n chips as he insisted he doesn’t like felafel (tired boy).

Byron Bay was just down the road so we picked up some supplies & headed up to the farm.  I had a cold & was feeling pretty bad but it had been a day of really magnificent scenery.  That night we slept in REAL BEDS!  The first time in months.

off to collect eggs :-0

Saturday morning & my dream of fresh organic eggs came to an end when CJ & A came back from egg collection duty empty handed.  CJ exclaiming “The chicken tried to attack A & flapped his wings at him with all his might!”  Hmm, avocado on toast it was.  Back in the car & off to Bangalow for a coffee stop, this was one of my favourite towns, along with Brunswick Heads.  It was quite a drive to the middle of nowhere & the famous Nimbin. We bought a bit of tie-dye but it was a bit tacky really, sort of commercialised & not the cute little hippy town we were expecting.  We decided to leave Nimbin & drove back to Byron for lunch & a look at the beach.

Then back to the farm for a bit of boating.

The Easter bunny came on Saturday night so we had chocolate for breakfast (& shop bought organic eggs!).  It was strange drizzly weather but we went up to the light house & then to the markets.  Talk about market heaven, very much my cup of tea.  CJ & MC were both grumbly so we didn’t hang around long & headed home ,stopping back at Yami where Cosmo ate loads of felafel.

Happy Easter!


Add comment April 20, 2010

I Heart Oman

Over 2,000 kms & too many buffet’s later…… I love Oman, what an amazing trip we had & both babes were fantastic, incredibly cruisey.  Day one we drove through Hatta to the Oman pc050058pc0500435pc0500485border apc050053pc050083nd on to Sohar for a picnic.  Then we continued down the coast stopping at Barka and visited the Halban Tombs which are as old as the oldest pyramids in Egyptpc0501066pc05010110.  The drive was beautiful & it was so refreshing to be on holiday in Oman.  We arrived in Muscat in the evening to find out we wouldn’t be enjoying the stunning Omani beaches on this trip due to the ‘Red Tide’ which is a toxic algal bloom that’s been around the East coast of the UAE & Oman for over a month.  The ocean was a dark browny red & stinky.   The Dive Centre was a great place to stay, barasti huts on the beach & perfect for families, I highly recommend it!pc0601632

pc060196pc070200Day 2 was Saturday.  A & C headed off dolphin watchingpc060147.  They saw hundreds!  We spent the rest of the day lazying about & in the evening shopped for pc060194treasures at Muttrah souq & drove around checkipc050073ng out Muscat which is really pretty surrounded by the mountainspc0601821.pc080278pc0601761

On Sunday we headed to Nakhal.  We bought some halwa for our picnic (Arabic dessert) & explored the castlepc070209.  Then we drove part way up Wadi Bani Awf for lunch with the billy goats.  C did some goat hearding & then we had a quick drive through Rustaq before heading back to ODC, it was a full day driving with more amazing scenery.  We were hoping to swim in the fresh pools up in the wadi but we didnt make it far enough & couldn’t pc070211swim at the hot pools either as being female I “would be shy” in front of the Omani men there.pc070220

On Monday I was ready  to try diving but couldn’t because of my asthma (I needed a medical cert) so we had a day free from driving, hanging out at ODC.  The next day we got up early & drove further down the coast to Sur, once again we had pc070244stunning mountain & coastal views.  From there we headed in to Wahiba Sands and a further30km into the desert where we stayed at 1,000 Nights Desert Camp.  The camp was cool & we had a beautiful Omani pc070256dinner, they cooked Shuwa which was lamb that had been cooking underground for 24 hours.  It was freezing over night in our tent but the day soon warmed up when the sun came up on Wednesday.pc1003531 Another huge day driving from Wahiba Sands all the way to the Sayq Plateau where we stayed at the hotel up the top of Al Jebel Al Akhdar.  Thursday was our last day & we were still a loooong way from home.  Before we left the mountain we visited the abandoned mountainvillage Bani Habib then spent the day driving home stopping at Ibri.

There was so much to do & see, lots of things had to be left off the list until next time. C kept commenting ‘this holiday is really nice” and it did him good too!  The photos don’t do it justice, it was really amazing.  Will work on fixing the pics!


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