Beach is not only attraction
By ROBYN GRAY
At this time of the year, casual observers could be forgiven for thinking that the Byron Shire boundaries fall between the high and low water marks on the shore line between Broken Head and Belongil Creek.
Does anyone spend any time anywhere else than on the beaches around Cape Byron between Christmas and New Year?
Anecdotal evidence suggests they do. For starters, there are plenty of hinterland bed and breakfast establishments that thrive on visitors whose tans may already be deep enough.
Then there are the many families whose numbers are swelled by younger generations who invade the family homestead causing panic and disturbance around the pantries, refrigerators and bathrooms of the oldies.
Further anecdotal evidence suggests that those involved wouldn't have it any other way. For the Morris family of Mullumbimby, this is certainly the case.
Pam and John Morris welcomed their two children and numerous grandchildren for the Christmas break.
As the new year moves into its first weeks, son Nigel, daughter-in-law Claire and grand children Charlotte and Malachi continue to enjoy the shade under the old mango tree, the comfy chairs on the verandah and all the other blessings of being with family.
As the younger Morrises come from a beachy Sydney suburb, surf and sand is not such a great novelty, although the beaches at Brunswick Heads and Wategos are high favourites.
But there are other things as well, like visiting grandma and other rela- tives, taking drives in the country with a picnic basket, exploring the national parks, and catching up with friends all over the northern rivers.
For Nigel, area sales manager for BP Solar, there is also a spot of work he can do while he's in his area, visiting clients.
He brought his serious motor bike with him on a trailer, and one of his special treats is riding through the countryside.
"The roads around here are good roads for motorcyclists," he said, "and the climate is good, too. A lot of motorcyclists come to this area because it is so good for riding.
"In Mullum you are close to everything. We steer away from the touristy stuff."