A road much travelled is the Pacific Highway between Lennox Head and Sydney. I have driven this road countless times and its a long way – almost 900km. It can be done in a day and I occasionally do that but even though the highway is being steadily upgraded (unbelievably smooth and fast in many sections now), I prefer to break the journey at a coastal village about 18km from Kempsey called Crescent Head. I used to come here years ago with the surfing boys while at Uni and later with my husband – its hardly changed in 40 years. The beach is magnificent and long, bordered by sandhills and the Hat Head National Park. The headland is in the shape of a crescent with an impressive rocky cliff face and boulder strewn beach. I have seen dolphins playing in the surf and last night was lucky enough to see a bird of prey – the superb Brahminy kite catch her dinner and fly off with a fish. I have painted these birds a couple of times as they also patrol my home beach, Seven Mile, at Lennox Head.

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