My favourite places – Lennox Head, New South Wales

Lennox Head, on the northern coastline of New South Wales is one of my favourite places. You might have heard of or even been to Byron Bay – also one of my favourite places. Byron is beautiful, with gorgeous beaches, a very cool surfing culture and lots of travellers hanging out and getting stoned or whatever. The thing about Byron is that its kind of a bit spoiled by all that activity. It can get super busy and touristy. Trying to catch a wave there on Clark’s Point can be tough because as soon as its past early morning it gets ridiculously crowded in the surf break.

That’s where Lennox Head comes in. It’s close to Byron, it has the same natural beauty, but the chill factor is way higher. Lennox is like Byron, for the locals, if that makes sense. There’s the headland which creates an awesome surf break, then there is an expansive long beach that goes, almost forever.

It’s a bit like another awesome spot on the central/north coast of NSW; Crescent Head. Also super chill and a bit out of the way.  A gem spot indeed.

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For the geographically challenged, Lennox Head is South of Brisbane, North of Sydney, on the east coast of Australia. I haven’t been there for years. When I was last there, it looked like there was some pretty fancy real estate housing being built there. Not overbuilt, no expansive resorts at the time, just super nice houses that looked like they were designed by architects. If you had the money, why wouldn’t you build a nice house at Lennox?

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Things to do? Swim, sunbathe, surf, have a counter lunch at the pub, I don’t know, whatever you like, this isn’t some wanky travel website. Its just a really nice place to visit. So one day we were travelling in the car, and came around the bend to see a day that looked like the picture above.

I got out, and had a surf. There was only me and a couple of other guys out that day. I got talking to one guy and he told me his brother owned the house that was right on the headland access. The house was really basic, like it had been there since the seventies or whatever. I told him what a lucky bastard you’d be to own or have access to that house. He told me to watch out for the sea urchins because they can spike into your feet if you step on them.

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The Covered Bridges of Madison County, a photo essay…

Hi Bloggers,

Here are some pictures of my weekend trip to Iowa. The covered bridges of Madison county date back to the 1800’s. They are a real landmark. To be honest, I don’t know why they got into building covered bridges. I was interested to see that on one of the buildings in Winterset they featured some interesting pictures of the bridges in actual construction. Young men climbing up and over and around on narrow beams and posing for the photograph.

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I was surprised to see a picture of one being hauled out using a steam powered tractor. I somehow believed that they would have been constructed piece by piece in situ but this was not the case. There were some photos of them being propped up from the bank of the river and sort of swung into place.

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In recent times, they have been prone to arsonists lighting them on fire. I think its deplorable. What would motivate someone to burn a piece of history such as this? I hope you enjoy the photos…

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