Sand, surf and a little bit of sunshine

The beach near Salt Mantra resort
Summer at the beach
Staffy running on the beach
Staffy returning to his owners on the beach

Another weekend over and we’re just that little bit closer to Christmas and the dawning of a near year. I was looking forward to a quiet weekend at home before launching into preparing for Christmas with my family, but my husband had other ideas, thanks to his work, we were lucky enough to be included in the 4 ASD Kids charity weekend at the Salt Mantra resort at Kingscliff. I could talk about the great work that the charity undertakes in assisting families and children with autism, but you’re better off reading the information on their website, 4 ASD Kids.

View from our balcony
View from our balcony at Mantra on Salt
Ocean view from hotel balcony
Ocean view from hotel balcony

Apart from getting sunburned lying around the pool and drinking far too much alcohol on the Saturday night it was an enjoyable weekend, our room had an ocean view and we could watch and listen to the waves crashing on the shore. The Special Olympics Dancers performed on Saturday night at the Gala event, they were wonderful and received standing ovations, on Sunday they were the most active and enthusiastic participants on the beach volleyball court.

Lifeguard station and flags at the beach
Swim between the flags
Blue bike near the beach
Bikes for hire

The Kingscliff area is a beautiful part of Northern New South Wales and not far from the border separating the state from Queensland, the beaches seem to go for miles and there are many popular spots for enjoying a picnic or barbeque. The cafes that line the esplanade offer hungry visitors a variety of tasty treats ranging from freshly baked cakes and pies to Thai food and Salt and Pepper Calamari. The lighthouse at Fingal Head is also worth visiting, at the edge of the cliff you can see the huge beach or look in the other direction at the columnar-jointed basalt called the Giant’s Causeway.

Fingal Head NSW
Fingal Head NSW
Giants Causeway, Fingal Head
Giants Causeway, Fingal Head
Looking south at the beach near Fingal Heads
Looking south at the beach near Fingal Heads
The beach and Pandanus Palms, Fingal Heads
The beach and Pandanus Palms, Fingal Heads
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6 thoughts on “Sand, surf and a little bit of sunshine

  1. akiwiinlondon December 20, 2011 / 5:48 am

    I particularly love the first photo – and the last two. They seem so dramatic.

  2. megtraveling December 23, 2011 / 5:08 am

    Delightful story and photos! The weather there looks wonderful, too. I’d like to take that bicycle for a spin…

    • twoblackdoggies December 23, 2011 / 6:39 am

      Thank you. The weather kept changing making it very interesting but still great for being outdoors.

  3. Chloe February 21, 2012 / 10:48 pm

    Hi, I don’t suppose you were at Fingal Head on the 17/18 December last year? My friend and I got caught in a rip there that weekend and the film I shot didn’t turn out. It’d be nice to be able to point at a photo of the day we narrowly escaped death πŸ˜›

    • twoblackdoggies February 22, 2012 / 9:42 am

      Actually we were at Fingal on the 18th and I did take a couple of beach shots, if I haven’t already posted a shot I’ll upload one now. Glad you and your friend made it safely out of the rip πŸ™‚

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