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Sunday, November 11, 2018

BEAUTIFUL BALLINA

On our way home from our trip to Grafton we drove up the coast road stopping at Yamba for lunch and Ballina for an overnight stay. Ballina is another beautiful beach town that the tourists are starting to find. It is also a big fishing port and the town is famous for its prawns. As you drive into the town you are met by "The Big Prawn". One of our Travel Group members grew up in Ballina and so he took over the sight seeing program.

 Our friend took us to a lookout where we could see Lighthouse Beach to the south and the rock sea walls for the mouth of the Clarence River. That is where we went next.

Looking north  was a beautiful view of Shelly Beach. Unfortunately there has been a few shark attacks at this beach recently. (Not good for tourism)

 We walked out to the end of the north wall. It was a popular place for walkers and cyclists. We watched some dolphins playing in the waves but I couldn't capture any with my camera.

But this fellow kindly stood still drying his wings.

 Then I had fun trying to capture the rainbows in the spray from the strong breeze.

I was surprised to see a board rider so far out at Shelly Beach. Luckily he wasn't dinner for a shark.

18 comments:

  1. Absolutely stunning landscape. So glad you got to enjoy the scenery.

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  2. we have been having many shark attacks here in Florida and on the Pacific coast this year. your photos are GORGEOUS, so beautiful.. love the rainbow and that just might be the biggest prawn in the world. great shot of it

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  3. Beautiful scenery with those gorgeous beaches. I wouldn't be anywhere near the water if there's a chance of sharks.

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  4. The rainbow in the waves is pretty good work. Sharks are so problematic, especially as we go into their territory.

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  5. That board rider is either bloody game or damn stupid to be out there by himself.
    Colin

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  6. What beautiful photos of a lovely place

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  7. You don't need to go to the other side of the world to see beautiful places ! The bird looks so funny drying his wings ! I am off to Amsterdam this weekend Toby celebrates his 8th birthday !! I don't get comments from my blog in the emails anymore that's very annoying and I can't find out what it is !

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  8. Lovely photos, you are lucky to have many beaches around you. I like the beach I am just not over fond of the sea! Love that first shot :-) Take care t'other Diane

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  9. Just been back to look at your last two Grafton road trip pics Diane, fabulouso! A kiss by the lighthouse oh la 😉 I guess the shark factor might be a deterrent for tourists 😱

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  10. Beautiful shots.. We hope to go to the beach in December for a few days...

    Love love love the 'rainbow' shot......

    Happy SPRING.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  11. I love a rocky beach -- I'd love this one!! Amazing rainbow in the surf -- I've never seen that.

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  12. So nice to see your photographs.
    I love the one with the rainbow in the waves.

    All the best Jan

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  13. Another great adventure shared with us, Diane. That rainbow caught in the sea spray was beautiful. Se will be visiting a coastal area soon, but it will not be as warm trip.

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  14. I've never seen a rainbow in the water before either. It's beautiful as are your photos Diane. Thank you for sharing these lovely photos.

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  15. Love the rainbow in the water. I don’t think I have ever noticed rainbows in waves.

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  16. That Bib Prawn is certainly an attention-getting symbol for the town. The beaches are gorgeous, and you got some great photos. The rainbow in the surf is gorgeous.

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  17. Lovely set of photos Diane.
    We like Ballina, seems each time we stop there or near there we hear of shark attacks.

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