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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

THE MOST EASTERLY POINT ON THE AUSTRALIAN MAINLAND

While we were at our reunion on the NSW north coast we visited Byron Bay.
On the way we had to stop to check out this huge motor bike. I'm a bit too old and fat to be a pin up girl but I tried.

 Byron Bay on the most easterly point of the Australian mainland. It was named by Captain Cook after Naval Officer John Byron, circumnavigator of the world and grandfather of the poet, Lord Byron. The lighthouse was built in 1901. The original industry of the area was logging, then gold mining. Primary industries developed, especially dairy, fishing and whaling (stopped in 1963). Now the biggest industry is tourism as the town has become a mecca for happy, hippy, arty, alternative people and tourists.
 We walked from the old lighthouse keepers house around the cliff edge stopping at lookouts and gasping at the drop to the sea and rocks below.

 The path wound around the headland and then descended down many steps to the furtherest eastern point. Can you see the path out to the point. Del and Martin our fit bike riding friends galloped off down to the point, while the rest of us lazed in the sun on a grassy knoll.

 Now we have been to the most easterly point, the most southerly point, the most northerly point and almost to  the most westerly point of the Australian mainland.

 Our little reunion group. We all (except Bill) belonged to the Judo Club of Pt Moresby, PNG back in the sixties.
L to R. me, Bill, Del, Charles, Martin and Penny.

We walked back up to the lighthouse and the car park, which overlooked this beautiful beach. There are many beaches in this area.


33 comments:

  1. Lovely there Diane....looks as if it hasn't changed much...

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  2. What is the most southerly point of the mainland? The lighthouse down on the Otways? I will Google

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  3. Oh no ... Wilsons Prom. Been to both of 'em. The Otwys in 2004, and WP in about 1972.

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  4. Fantastic beach, isn't it?
    Actually the whole coastline from Noosa southwards is a surfers paradise.
    Great photos Diane and you still look pretty good in the modelling stakes.
    Cheers
    Colin

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  5. Hello Diane, lovely photos and spectacular views. I love the lighthouse and the gorgeous beach! Thanks for sharing your trip, have a happy day!

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  6. gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous views of the beaches... and hubby would want that big bike. if you had climbed up on it you could have ridden it down one of those cliffs... KIDDING... so much beauty so little time to see it.

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  7. Fascinating about Cook's Byron and Lord Byron. I had no idea. Your cover girl pose in the first photo is quite good.

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  8. Lovely post, firstly you are not fat and secondly I want to know how much judo any of you can still do? I have been to the southernmost place in England and Africa, and to the Northernmost point in Scotland. Think that is as far as it goes! Hope all is well t'other Diane

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    1. I doubt any of us could still do judo. Its the falling that wouldn't be good for old bones. Maybe if we were attacked instinct would kick in.

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  9. gosh, just gorgeous scenes! you are traveling fools! :)

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  10. Incredibly pretty scenery and you look quite snorky next to that motorcycle! I'm always slightly envious that you and your friends from the past have kept up. It must be a lot of fun.

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  11. What a very beautiful place ! You look like a pin up posing with this huge motor bike, lol !

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  12. I love visiting lighthouses and this one has such beautiful views!

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  13. Gorgeous ... The pinup girl AND the scenery )))! Nice to have been on all four compass points!

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  14. Fantastic motor i would love to drive

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  15. What fantastic views from the tops of those cliffs! You are one traveling lady! Safe trip when visiting grandsons! Hope the weather is good for you.

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  16. Wonderful travelogue. I so admire the connections you maintain we beloved friends. What memories!

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  17. Well done all of you. A great reunion too and, if I may say, you all shape up really well too! Loved your cover girl shot :D) Beautiful views of the Most Easterly point.

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  18. I like the look of that motorbike would like to see it in person, I have never been to Byron Bay but I would like to some day

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  19. Dianne, I looked at that Blog following your instructions but am still the unknown. Yes, Martin and I did go for a quick trot down to that point then back up again. It was a beautiful sight to see and you put the history together so well..Del and Martin

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  20. What beautiful beaches and an amazing achievement to have visited the four corners of Australia. Thank you for all your comments on my blog.

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  21. That is nice to visit such a mark point and it is a stunning view over the sea.

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  22. Hi, over from Biebkriebels - lovely photos. I've heard a lot about Byron Bay, hope to go there one day.
    Love that huge motorbike!

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  23. Great trip and I loved that first photo of you with the bike. Enjoyed the history lesson too. A very beautiful part of the world. and your photos were fun to look at. Thanks Diane :)

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  24. These photos are wonderful, such stunning sights you captured! I disagree with your description of yourself; I think that you are a mighty fine looking lady.

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  25. Byron Bay is fascinating! I loved seeing your photos and learning a little bit about it. How neat that you are hitting the compass points on the Continent! You look like you were having a great time there.

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  26. Certainly not too old..or fat!! Looking great. Fab pics and happy to read you did a little bit of lazing in the sun as well

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  27. Looks like good friends and a wonderful location - can't beat that with a stick. So pretty and you are NOT too old and fat to be a pinup girl! LOL

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  28. What great fun to see such wonderful scenics and to reconnect with good friends. Looks like a perfect get-together all around.

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  29. It's a fantastic area - we're so lucky to have such a scenic spot as the easternmost point! You're two up on me - I've been to the east and nearly-westernmost point, but have yet to do the north and south!

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  30. What is the most westerly point of Australia Diane, I feel I should know :) You do have the best time!

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  31. What is the most westerly point of Australia Diane, I feel I should know :) You do have the best time!

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