Living on Lord Howe Island


Blinky Beach

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Contributed by Denis Corcoran: It’s synonymous with big waves and a raw edge which is why it’s almost always empty. Empty of people that is, but full of sand, waves, seabirds, coral, fish, mountain views, and many square metres in which to sunbathe unobstructed by ringing cellphones or incessant chatter.

It’s unembellished beauty is a striking nod to the understated makeup of Lord Howe. How can one of the most beautiful stretches of beach be empty almost all day, every day? It seems like a travesty, yet it’s also a blessing in a white sandy disguise. With a maximum cap on tourists and a relatively stable fluctuation of locals and seasonal staff, the hordes of humans are sparse on one of New South Wales’ least crowded white sandy beaches.

There are two entrances to Blinky Beach. The most common is found at the end of the airport where the tarmac meets the sand dunes. If you see more than a few bikes and a vehicle at the foot of the dunes, you instinctively know that ‘surfs up’.

The other portal is the slow descent down the ridge of Transit Hill. As you emerge from the dense foliage you hear ‘Blinkys' before you see it. That unmistakable, universal roar of waves crunching the beach, is pierced only by the squeals, squeaks and squawks of the resident seabirds. It’s the glorious sound of nature in play.

It’s certainly a formidable stretch of beach. A sweeping arc, splintered only by a pair of reefs, easily identified in the lucidity of aqua blue water by their ominous dark patches hiding just beneath the surface.

If you’re a sucker for sunrises, sitting atop of the sand dunes at Blinky Beach is one of the best places on Lord Howe to watch one unfold. Perched up on the wooden bench above the beach, the sun rises directly out in front. This is the easterly facing beach that cops the full morning glory.

Before the big bright circular sun rears its head, the mellow morning illumination starts to cast its magical glow upon the facing dunes. That early morning orange tinge, the one photographers love so much, reflects softly off the sand and east face of Mt Lidgbird. As the sea birds rouse from their slumber, they add another layer of theatre to this morning glow show, disrupting the stillness from the moment.

When the sun is well and truly up and the swell is on, Blinkys is the spot for the local surfers. One only has to squint into the surrounding bushes to see dormant surfboards lying in wait, ready for their owners to hoist under one arm and head on into the white wash.

Beach bums and sun worshipers love Blinkys because it’s nearly always empty. The words ‘busy’ and ‘Blinkys' are not often heard together in the same sentence. Beware as there are not many shade options and on a hot day the white sand here does its obligatory squeaking as you bounce over it quickly, trying not to burn the soles of your feet.

Blink and you’ll inevitably blink again. Blinky Beach has that effect, it’s hard to take it all in one eyeful.

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About Dani Rourke

HELP! I have 2 children, 25 staff and up to 75 guests. I was a lawyer for 10 years, but escaped. My husband and I moved from Sydney to beautiful Lord Howe Island to run Pinetrees Lodge, which has been in my family for 6 generations. I'm writing about family business, island life and the whole work/family disaster. Did someone say balance? When I'm not writing, my lovely staff do it for me - they see more of the island than I do.

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