Friday, October 30, 2009

CENTRAL COAST - Forresters - surf - 30 October 2009

Mid morning there were good waves at rights, lefts and banzai. After surfing the lefts i got some photos and videos of banzai (bodyboarders) and the lefts. surfers in lefts video: Pest.

Bodyboarding at banzai.

Monday, October 26, 2009

AUSTRALIA - Arrawarra - april 2004

Arrawarra is small town on the east coast of Australia north of Coffs Harbour.

Arrawarra Beach is a long white sand beach. The beach can have excellent waves when the conditions are right. though i've been there a few times, only once was did it have good waves.

The point at Arrawarra head holds big waves but is a little sluggish.

There are a number of camping areas north of arrawarra that are very family oriented with great facilities.
We stayed at Darlington.

It is a good base to explore the local area.

AUSTRALIA - Lennox Head - april 2004

Lennox Head is the name of the village sitiuated at the southern end of Seven Mile Beach, just north of the Lennox Headland itself.

The permanent resident population is approximately 1900, the total population reaches up to 3000 in peak tourist season.

Lennox head is a quiet town with a small number of restaurants. The beach is white sand. The southern end of the beach has an extensive reef.

Lennox Head has excellent surf though it is difficult to get in and out of the water.

Lake Ainsworth at the northern end of the town is excellent for fresh water swimming.

AUSTRALIA - QUEENSLAND - Yeppoon - october 2003

Yeppoon has a village style appeal yet offers a variety of wonderful restaurants, accommodation, shops and galleries. A charming esplanade with grassy knoll, palms and a covered picnic and play areas form a backdrop to a vista of sea, sky and islands.

As well, annual events, including the Pineapple Festival held in September, enliven the town with gala activities, contests and displays. Local markets offer bargains a plenty.

The whole coastline is protected by the Great Barrier Reef and the Keppel Bay Islands. It has picturesque and safe swimming beaches.

AUSTRALIA - QUEENSLAND - Rainbow Beach - october 2003

Queensland’s Rainbow Beach is known as the gateway to Fraser Island and home to some of the most spectacular scenery.

This picturesque coastal village is situated between Tin Can Bay and the Pacific Ocean and is a haven for dolphins.

Golden sand beaches provide the perfect setting for sunbathing, swimming, fishing, sailing, surfing, and more. Rainbow Beach is named after its rainbow-colored cliffs and sand.

AUSTRALIA - QUEENSLAND - Eugella QLD - october 2003

The tiny township of Eungella is approached along a winding mountain road with spectacular views over the coastal plains around Mackay. As the road climbs, you will notice the air becomes fresher, cooler and damper, because this is rainforest country.

In the local Aboriginal language, Eungella means "land where cloud lies over the mountain" and the prevailing conditions have allowed the striking rainforest to flourish. Fortunately it is now protected by Eungella National Park.

In the rainforest there are numerous walking trails.

The observant walker may catch a glimpse of some of the rare fauna which is found only in locally, such as the Eungella Gastric Brooding Frog or the Eungella Honeyeater. There are many other creatures in the rainforest including sugar gliders, possums and at Broken River, the elusive platypus.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

AUSTRALIA - Lawrence - 2008

Lawrence is located at the junction of Sportmans Creek and the Clarence River and offers fine fishing, canoeing and plentiful bird life. The village of Lawrence was originally established in 1856.

There is a colonial style local tavern which serves the tucker for lunch or dinner and a local general store.

There is a walking track along the river bank leading from Memorial Park to the lookout on High Street. The trip is one hour return and suitable for all ages. Memorial Park has BBQs, playgrounds, toilets and is a great spot for fishing and swimming.

Lawrence is home to the old 2NR radio transmitter building in Merton Street which has been converted into a museum that highlights fascinating items associated with the very early years in Australian radio broadcasting.

You can also visit the historic Church of England and Catholic churches both of which were built around the early 1900's.

In full operation is the free 24-hour vehicle ferry between Lawrence and Woodford Island. This is a great experience for anyone who has never experienced this mode of transport.

The entire area around Lawrence and Maclean is rich cane growing lands.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

CENTRAL COAST - Fagans Bay - kayak - 22 October 2009

There is easy entry into water and plenty of parking at Adcock Park, West Gosford.

Starting off in Narara Creek, I paddled into the bay and the incoming tide slowly pushed me towards the west end of the bay. There were plenty of bird life and jumping fish.

The paddle back east was easy despite the incoming tide. Mangroves line the shore throughout the bay.

The centre of the bay has mangrove islands. i skirted the edge of these islands towards and along the railway lines. There were interesting views from under the train bridge of Brisbane Waters and the old railway bridge piers.

I returned west along the mangrove fringe to Narara Creek.

Highlights: bird life, jumping fish, railway bridge, drifting with the tide.

Time: 2 1/2 hours

Thursday, October 8, 2009

CENTRAL COAST - Terrigal Haven - surf - 9 october 2009

cold and windy but some nice waves dredging through the haven early morning.

looking carefully at the photo for the surfer or at least the nose of his board.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

CENTRAL COAST - Forrester Beach - HIKE - 1 October 2009

Park the car at any access point to forrester beach.

I walked along the beach about three hours before low tide and no sea swell. The walk along the beach was easy and pleasant. The rocks at the north end are easy to navigate and there are plenty of rockpools and flat rock areas. I walked until I had a clear view of the rocks and coastline ahead. Though it was pretty, I didn't go further. The walk back was striking due to the rock platforms being exposed by the extreme low tide.

grade: easy
time : depends on how far you walk along the rocks
warnings: do the walk as the tide is going low and little wave action.


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