Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #24 – Ned’s Beach, Lord Howe Island, NSW
These conveniences could be ANYWHERE, right? Anywhere with tropical vegetation and killer blue skies, that is. But that doesn’t narrow it down much. Nor does its proximity to a beach and picnic and barbecue areas!
Unlike many of its tropical counterparts, however, this public loo at Neds Beach on gorgeous Lord Howe Island has no predators such as snakes; the barbecues are free and already stacked with wood; and it’s surrounded by many features worthy of much closer inspection.
Like the resident population of endemic and uncommon bird species – White Tern and Flesh-footed Shearwater (aka ‘Mutton’ bird) en route; Sooty Tern, Common Noddy and Black-winged Petrel at the other end of the beach below.
And its outlook under towering Malabar hill with a sheer 209 metre drop to the ocean – named for the Malabar native who fell from it to his death from it many years ago while collecting Red-tailed Tropicbird feathers. Now these amazing birds soar above – and acrophobics* like me don’t look down …
Also en route are two tempting local bakeries, as if I needed another reason to slow down given I’d already claimed the hotly contested ‘world’s slowest cyclist’ title.
What a shame the topographic map we studied before our arrival gave us the mistaken impression that all the roads were flat!
And what an even bigger shame – for the locals – I hadn’t ridden a bike in well over 20 years …
Swim amongst mullet chasing food scraps at fish feeding time; and the kingfish chasing the mullet!
Oh … and what’s that chasing the kingfish? Yep, a (small) shark! Those barbecues are starting to look mighty attractive – and stick around after dusk to see the Mutton birds return from a day of hunting at sea … what a shame Pilchard was too wary of their great hooked beaks to pick one up for a photo!
And if that doesn’t narrow it down enough, the fabulously picturesque Ned’s Beach is often overshadowed by the staggering – but instantly recognisable – view on the other side of magnificent Lord Howe Island.
AND Public Toilet #15, previously claimed (by me!) as Australia’s MOST scenic!
The best thing? It REALLY DOES look like this! Sigh … maybe this IS the best amenities block after all!
At virtually a year to the day since we last visited magical Lord Howe Island, it’s clearly been WAY too long …
Gotta go back.
If only to decide which is the better scenic public toilet.
Who’s coming with me?!
My Lord Howe Island Triathlon (spoiler – it’s not a real one!!)
*Acrophobia= extreme or irrational fear of heights (although mine’s NOT irrational … and Pilchard doesn’t share it …)