Day: November 29, 2016

520. Sunday 27th November 2016. Alecia arrives from Canada and we visit Hastings Point…


Now what did we do this week?

Apart from activities such as lawn bowls, Tai Chi, Line Dancing…ummm no, we did not line dance this week…dental appointment, table tennis, aqua exercise, cycling to Southport Bridge and back, fish n chip night with bingo, re-organising the house and garden, several trips to the hardware store, Masters, which is going out of business, putting up Christmas lights, it was a quiet week.


Sunday 27th November

Donnis daughter, Alecia, arrived from Canada early this afternoon. Her plan was to stay awake until our bedtime so she could sleep all night and fall into a regular day and night rhythm. Well, alrighty then.

After we collected her from Coolangatta Airport, we drove 30 minutes to the south and into New South Wales, in particular Hastings Point to visit our friend Glenda who has gone camping there. Hastings Point is a small but popular beachside town in northern NSW near the border towns of Tweed Heads and Coolangatta. School holidays, weekends and public holidays see the two caravan parks and holiday units explode with holiday makers.

Bridge at Hastings Point spanning the Cudgera Creek estuary.

One caravan park is an upmarket Big 4 with expensive caravan or tent sites. The other is part of a collective of seven parks run by Tweed Coast Holiday Parks and has less of the bells and whistles of the Big 4. The rates are a lot less as well. No kids playground, jumping castles, adventure pool or kids club here. This was just what Glenda wanted to test out her new tent and first time at camping. The Cudgera Creek tributary is a safe and ideal place for families to enjoy.

Cudgera Creek estuary at low tide.
Cudgera Creek estuary.

Many of the old fibro or weatherboard holiday homes in ideal locations have been bought out, torn down and luxury homes or holiday units built. Many of the tired old houses are still the domain of a few locals, surfers or visiting fishermen. It will not be long before the area is transformed into a hotspot of new homes. We had a short visit and walked along Cudgera Creek.

Alecia Glenda and Donnis with friends of Glenda cool off in Cudgera Creek.

before driving back to Bilinga a suburb near the Coolangatta Airport. The has an entire apartment block, furnished and valued at $4,000,000 as a prize in its Art Union. The apartment block consists of 4 two bedroom apartments and one penthouse entire floor of 5 bedrooms, all with views of the beach which is just a few steps away. This prize located at Bilinga is drawn on 23rd December and would make a wonderful Christmas gift…for us! Donnis and Alecia bought tickets. Maybe this is our lucky week. On Friday I won $50 at bingo and tonight won $50 on a $4 scratch ticket.

After a seafood dinner, Alecia fell asleep on the lounge. So far her plan is working.

Looking forward to a new week.