Friday, July 30, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The weather was cloudy but no wind. I drove to St Hubert’s Island and launched from the north east of the island.
It was a perfect morning with a mirror image of the island reflecting off the water of the channel. The wind held off throughout the whole kayak affording a perfect reflection for the whole trip.
The island had a few sandy stretches to land and walk around but mainly it was mangroves with oyster shells clinging to every rock. At one point, there were a number of old rusting tanks possibly from some sort of past farming occupation. The area around the tanks looked like it had been cleared in comparison to the rest of the island.
The bird life was a bit scarce on this journey – some cormorants, herons and ducks.
Though the water was glassy the surface was very swirly in some sections where the incoming tide crossed currents.
It was about a two hour quiet and scenic trip.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
I cycled from the Entrance surf club to Picnic Point. There was such a variety of landscapes in a short distance.
It starts with houses and thin beach littered with seaweed. After a while the estuary of the Tuggerah Lake was pouring vast amounts of water into the ocean. The cycle/walkway is right beside the waterway. It always looks like more people should be falling into the water as there are no guard rails... strange in these times. The boardwalk turns into shops and eateries until the bridge. Fishermen and boats dominate now until close to Picnic Point which is mainly mowed parkland.
As for the bike, the handle bars needed tightening.
Today is a great day for a walk being a warm sunny winter’s day.
Drove to Crackneck Point Lookout, took in the expansive views of the north coastline and setoff along the coastal track.
There are a few access tracks, stairs to the beach below. I took one in the centre of the beach.
Back to the top, I followed the track around to Blue Lagoon and then Shelley Beach. At the centre of the beach is a surf club and kiosk.
I launched the kayak at the boat ramp at the Woy Woy channel.
I paddled across the channel and followed the edge of Pelican Island along the channel. About half way along the channel there was a smaller channel that I followed between two islands for a short distance. After a short while it became too shallow to navigate. Near this area, I came across a white faced heron and pelican hunting in the shallows.
Backtracking to the main channel, I continued to follow the edge of the island. The shore was mangroves and dense vegetation. Eventually, I reach3ed the oyster leases and could no longer follow the edge of the island. I paddled around the oyster farms until the water became deep enough to cut through them.
Once through the farms, I paddled to the far edge of Pelican Island and landed on a sandy beach. I wandered around and found hundreds of soldier crabs that scuttled away on my approach.
I continued around the island and crossed the Woy Woy channel and landed on the small sandy beach beside the boat ramp.
The journey was about 2 hours.
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