Last night I had the pleasure of staying at Feathers Home Stay on the Wiangaree Back Rd to Kyogle.
Linda and Peter are wonderful hosts who welcomed me into their renovated farm house and within a few minutes, I felt like I had known them for years. Linda’s cooking was the best food I think I have eaten all year. I went to bed feeling very content.
I woke up bright and early because I love birds. I could hear birds calling from just before sunrise.
You see I live and work on The Legendary Pacific Coast in Ballina. I’m a keen bird watcher for over 25 years and also work with injured birds. I have worked as a tour guide in North Queensland and Broome.
I run my own Bird Tour Business in Byron Bay, Ballina and surrounds. So having the opportunity to get off the beaten track for a few days has been fantastic and a well deserved break from coastal life.
Visiting country towns between Kyogle, the Border Ranges and Casino has reminded me that many of us are always in a rush, always busy with never enough time to get everthing done.
Out here on #mylegendarydrive I’ve noticed that the locals take the time to have a good chat and get to know you. They seem much more relaxed and with such stunning scenery and a bigger community spirit, who could blame them?
I’ve come to realise that I should do this more often: leave my comfort zone of my hometown and travel to places with a different kind of beauty and meet people with a more accepting attitude towards all people.
While visiting Mallanganee on the Bruxner Hwy, 40kms west of Casino, I got chatting to some of the locals at the pub. The Mallanganee Pub is a brick building (the original pub burnt down in the 80’s) and there are shaded tables out the front. Jimmy said the township Mallanganee was named after the Hoop Pines like the ones I saw in the Border Ranges National Park yesterday. The Aboriginal meaning of Mallanganee is “Place of tall pines”. It’s very easy to start a conversation with people out here and they are knowledgeable and willing to share stories with any visitors.
Jimmy and his mate Paul are cattle farmers out the back of Mallanganee. They said the majority of locals (all 150 of them) either work on farms, farm machinery or for a company called Mara seeds.
Everyone knows everyone. As I chatted away locals would drive past slowly waving to Jimmy and Paul and probably womdering who I was as I waved back to them anyway.
I reckon I’ve covered close to 500kms in the last 2 days in my Hertz Hire car that they have generously let me use on #mylegendarydrive, so it’s time for some shut-eye before the new day dawns.