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Ah, Iluka

What a wonderful few days we spent in Iluka, a small village at the mouth of the Clarence River, just a couple of hours south of Byron Bay.P1010862

I’ve been trying to put my finger on what made this time so special, as Iluka itself didn’t immediately inspire me. The landscape is flatter than flat, and the gloomy weather meant that each day we were greeted with a dull palette of greys and faded yellows. And yet, there is so much more to this location than meets the eye.P1010891

First, Iluka is relatively unspoilt. Yes, there is a caravan park and signs for holiday rentals are dotted around, but it is still very much a fishing village. Real commercial trawlers venture out all year round returning with their catch, much of which is provided to the local fishermen’s co-operative. When we visited, there were fresh prawns, whiting, mullet, homemade fishcakes and Balmain Bugs*. And recreational fishing is a popular activity too.P1010871P1010867

There are local beaches for surfing and swimming, although some of these can only be accessed by 4WD; littlies can always go for a dip in the dedicated area by the riverside near the local playground. The village is surrounded by national park and boasts the largest remaining expanse of seaside rainforest in NSW (World Heritage-listed in 1986). There is so much to do…or so little.P1010858

Iluka is a great place to wind down away from the rat race, but still comfortably close to civilisation. Our holiday cottage was within easy walking distance of the shops, the river, and pretty much everything else. It did help that the wonderful Cowrie Cottage was a particularly welcoming and well-equipped place to stay, complete with enclosed garden and play equipment for Icklegen (and it was a bargain at the price, I might add).

We did venture a bit further afield on my birthday, but that’s another story to look forward to in due course.┬áIn the meantime, farewell Iluka, ’til next time.

*The Balmain Bug (now there’s a great name) is a type of lobster native to Australian waters.

NSW Road Trip

FAMILY ROAD (1)It’s been a little while since our last post on Icklegen, but there are plenty more to come! We’ve had a busy few weeks planning, and then going on our first family road trip; in fact, our first proper holiday as a family ever! And what a fabulous time we had. I can’t wait to tell you all about it, but thought the best way to do that would be in several instalments. Otherwise, you’ll be bombarded with text and photos before I’ve even got underway.

Our plan wasn’t too ambitious: just to set out from home and follow the Pacific Highway north towards Byron Bay. Given that Byron is an 8.5-hour drive from home, we figured a few stops along the way wouldn’t go amiss, especially with a young toddler in-tow. Besides, it also provided the ideal opportunity to explore some of the coastal regions of New South Wales.

To give you a little taster of what will follow, here are a few snapshots from the various stages of our journey.P1010837

Glorious graffiti on the V-Wall at Nambucca HeadsP1010871

Iluka: a fishing village on the Clarence RiverP1010916

Birthday dessert with a difference!IMG_4979

Farmstay in the Byron Hinterland

P.S. I whipped up the blog graphic at the top of this post for free on Canva, a fantastic online tool I’ve used a few times now. It’s pretty straightforward once you get a hang of the basics and the possibilities are endless.