Editorial - Wednesday, August 21: Our beaches are great

EACH year we took our family holiday to the beach.

Coming from the country, it's always such a novelty and there's nothing like that moment when the ocean suddenly comes into view.

This was one of the reasons I decided on Bulgaria as a recent holiday destination.

After traipsing around Europe for three weeks in 40- degree heat, I couldn't wait to finally hit the sand in the Eastern European country on the Black Sea.

And while it was an absolutely beautiful place to visit, I can really understand why international visitors go so batty for Australian beaches.

While many "beaches" in Europe have stones, the beaches of Bulgaria have beautiful golden sand.

But they are stacked with deck chairs and umbrellas; there's not an inch to move.

The cost, even by Australian standards, was pretty epic as we had to pay for our deck chairs and umbrellas.

The surf lifesavers were in tracksuits! That was brutally disappointing.

On the other hand there was a girl who brought me a cocktail every so often which I liked.

People I met along the way were totally in awe as I explained we didn't have to pay to go to the beach.

So while I absolutely loved my days spent reading on the beach, sipping mojitos and experiencing a different culture, I have to admit I couldn't wait to get back to see some of the beaches around the Valley.

We are also lucky, that as the season draws closer, the beautiful beaches which were completely battered by the floods earlier this year are back on track and looking great.

Shannon Newley



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