Australia – Day 10 Butterflies, Beets and Ballina

Distance Driven: 230 KM

Steps Taken: 7305


The place we stayed at last night was spectacular.  Bellinger River Tourist Park has beautiful views, new amenities and most importantly, is full of friendly people.

Day 10 - _0003.jpgOur morning view was spectacular.

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Roland had the chance to play at their little park.

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We met a few dogs but Molly was by far his favourite.  Her owners, Kevin and Ann, were just as wonderful.

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Roland helped Ann with her washing and Kevin shared all sorts of interesting information about himself (he is a Vietnam Vet) and the local area.  We have a few places to add to our must-see list!

Roland even scored a kinder egg and toy truck from Ann, much to his delight!

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Our first, and really only, stop today was a Butterfly House just south of Coffs Harbour.


They have a maze that Roland was so eager to get into that we had to quickly run after him as we though he had just ducked behind a bush!  He found that entrance and was off, quick as a flash and giggling like crazy. (we are in for so much more trouble with this one!)

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The maze inside the maze

They have a wonderful butterfly house with several species.

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As this is a school holiday locally there were several groups of children.

They also have a “Bug House” with several impressive looking local bugs.  Some were very hard to find as the really do camouflage very well into their surroundings.

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We decided to grab lunch at the café before leaving and Dan was rather distressed at the face they put beets on his burger!   I thought it was great!! (I love beets)

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Our drive has given us much more beautiful scenery with the addition of interesting signs like Kangaroo or Koala crossings.  This one, however, was the most surprising!!!

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Roland can get a bit silly in the car when he is stuck sitting for a while.  He does strange things like sucking his big toe, boys are gross.

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One big long drive later (most of which the kids were sleeping for) and we arrived in Ballina.

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Just for the record.  I don’t like prawns.  They make me gag a bit.  I worked in a seafood department at a local grocery store and on occasion we sold prawns.  Their eyes would always fall off and stick to the ice.  Barf.


Tomorrow we will actually have time to discover the place we have chosen.

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So, as I’m writing this, Dan has gone out for a walk into town.  It’s a few kilometers away.  I just heard the first few drops of rain and thought “oh no!” and now it sounds like a torrential downpour. You can image the words Dan is saying right now.


3 thoughts on “Australia – Day 10 Butterflies, Beets and Ballina

  1. Love the blogs!!! I really like how Roland interacts with people even helping them with their laundry….he can come to Scarborough anytime ha ha ha.

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