The day after our son's wedding, Saturday, June 25th, the family members who were in Australia for the wedding traveled down from Brisbane to the Gold Coast. We had a fun day together and enjoyed the scenery, but I was not impressed with the crowds and the commercialism of the area.
We visited a number of places starting at Burleigh Heads where we hiked some of the trails and ending in Ballina where we watched the sunset from breakwater near Ballina Head. At one of the places, Byron Bay, it was so busy that we did not even stop, but drove on.
Driving down from Brisbane, then, we stopped first at Burleigh Head National Park and walked the trails there. Though it was early morning the park was very busy with a lot of people on the trails and along the water, not surprising on a warm Saturday, but a bit crowded for me.
the coast north of Burleigh Head
(a garden escape and noxious weed in Australia)
the coast to the north
along the coastal trail
the coast to the south
Screw-pine trees and fruit
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Australian Wood Ducks
Continuing south we arrived at Ballina and walked out on the breakwater where we spent the rest of the evening until sundown watching whales spouting in the distance and the porpoises riding the waves and fishing at the entrance to the harbor, a quiet ending to a busy day.
coast near Ballina