Storm has been brewing with threatening skies so Stephen and I decided to take a drive up the Great Coast Road north of us and walk the Barrytown beach for a change before the rain came.
The Great Coast Road has been voted one of the top ten coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet – I am sure you can see why. Clear blue skies, overcast, raining – doesn’t matter, it is a spectacular drive no matter what the weather.
The skies were patchy for our drive but it added to the dramatics of the drive and the sun popping out occasionally and dropping the light on the breaking waves was seriously cool.
Our walk on the beach started with some adventure…… only a couple of minutes into it and the heavens opened so we bolted back to the safety of the car and waited it out. It didn’t take long and the next break in the weather came through. Once on the beach again, an unusual sight for us – a tractor coming along the beach – one way to get from one part of your farm to another I guess.
The tide was out on the beach and much sand was revealed. Our beach at Breakers is more often quite stoney so it was nice to have a sandy beach for a change – and hard packed at that so easy-going. The dogs loved it – running madly up and down enjoying the feel of sand between their toes instead of the stones.
The beaches of the West Coast are renowned for their driftwood – with so many rivers, creeks and streams feeding the sea there is heaps of driftwood constantly being washed up. Makes for some fantastic beach art.
We seemed to time our walk to perfection – a good hours walk along the beach and just as we get back to the car – yep you guessed it, the heavens opened again and another downpour. Time to head home for a cuppa.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. Rated #1 on Tripadvisor for accommodation in their area, they enjoy getting out and exploring all the nooks and crannies that help make up the many wonders of the West Coast of the Southern Alps.