Saturday, August 28, 2010

CENTRAL COAST - Brisbane Water NP - Old Gosford Quarry - MTB - 27 August 2010

The old Gosford Quarry is a strange and desolate place.

There are tiered layers of sandstone with wide ramps connecting the various levels.

In some spots, there are large pools of bright blue water. Can life live in them? Some plants were close to the waters edge and certain species of frogs thrive in contaminated sites. Well, i don't know if the water is contaminated but it is the colour of glacial lakes and volcanic lakes. Anyway, i wouldn't want to touch it!

Give it X amount of years and vegetation will reclaim. There are plants clinging on in patches where some soil resides.

Overall, the desolate feel isn't so bad. Deserts can look desolate also but trying telling a Bedouin that it's a bad thing.

Friday, August 27, 2010

CENTRAL COAST - Brisbane Water NP - Staples Lookout to Mount Wondabyne - HIKE - 27 August 2010



The begiinning of the journey is along a service trail, which isn't too much fun. Most service trails aren't fun, I think, but there are a lot of flowers along the road rims.

Eventually, there is a turn off the trail along a track through bush and sandstone rock platforms. This part of the trail is excellent with great views towards Mount Wondabyne.

The track reaches another service road and after a short walk there is a turn off to another track. This track passes close to the summit of Mount Wondabyne. Near the top of the track is a turn off towards the summit. This involves following a track and some rock scrambling.  Heaps of fun.



The view at the top is excellent. There is a 360 degree view at the summit which is pretty awesome. The view is certainly worth the time and effort.


Retracing the summit track then continue along the main track to another service road that passes Old Gosford Quarry and joins onto Woy Woy Road.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

CENTRAL COAST - Wamberal - surf - 25 August 2010

The surf was small and the the tide high but there were a few waves.

Chris and Clark dropped in heaps... well i asked them to so i could get some shots using the go pro camera on a helmet. Unfortunately, I need to have the camera pointer higher to get others on the wave ahead of me. But on the bright side, i got some unusual angles of me surfing and glimpses of the others.



Wednesday, August 25, 2010

CENTRAL COAST - Brisbane Water NP - Staples Lookout to Kariong Falls - HIKE - 24 August 2010





I parked the car at Staples Lookout and admired the view. Strangely enough, a rooster came out of the bush and clucked around my car. Couldn't figure it out - escarpment on one side and national park on the other with a main road in between.

From the lookout it is a short walk to the beginning of Tommos loop trail. The trail is a service road that gets a bit boring except that the road edge was littered with a variety of wildflowers.

Eventually, at the Girrakool sign, there is a turnoff from the trail and onto a fair dinkum bush track. This track leads downhill along steps, sandy tracks and some rock scrambling. After a timer, the sound of water is heard, then the top of the Kariong Falls comes into view.

At the base of the falls, the vegetation is lush and shade forming with a swimable water hole. The water was a bit cold today so i passed on the swim. The falls is a great, peaceful and relaxing place for a break.

After some rejuvenation, it was time to climb the hill back out and follow the service trail and main road back to Staples Lookout. The rooster had vanished!!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

CENTRAL COAST - Shelley Beach to The Entrance - HIKE - 20 August 2010

 
A beautiful, warm and sunny winter's morning.

I walked along the coast from Shelley Beach to the Entrance passing through Toowon Bay and Blue Bay. The water was clear with a small swell. Too bad it wasn't summer as it would have been perfect for a swim or snorkel.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

CENTRAL COAST - Mooney Mooney Creek - kayak - 18 August 2010





It was a bit of a late start for a kayak but he weather was warm anmd sunny. I drove down the old pacicfic highway and turn off on a dirt road just pass a small bridge over Mooney Mooney Creek.

The first and most imposing sight was the Mooney Mooney Bridge. From the bottom it looks a little fragile forall thetraffic that it takes. After the bridge it is mostly natural bushland with one side being the Brisbane Waters National Park.

There wasn't much birdlife except for one eagle which flew low down a straight stretch of the creek. Most of the trip was quiet of bush sounds.

There were a few smaller creeks  branching off along the journey.

The end of the navigational part of the creek ended in numerous rocks. 
The journey took about 3 hours. A point to note is that the trip is best to do going on high tide and returning at the turning of the tide. The higher water allows one to paddle further.  




Monday, August 16, 2010

CENTRAL COAST - Wamberal - surf - 16 August 2010

A small surf at wamberal with a very strong offshore wind. I used my go pro camera for the first time. I took some shots facing the board and some facing away. Being smaal waves the inward shots i feel looked better. It was good fun playing with a new toy.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

CENTRAL COAST - Terrigal - surf - 13 August 2010


 
A wild day of surf. The beach break in front of terrigal surf club was 1m lefts and rights. A small number of surfers soon turned into a crowd. Still, it was fun though infrequent.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

CENTRAL COAST - Wamberal - surf - 11 August 2010





One metre plus waves. A howling offshore. Heaps of fun and exciting waves. Bloody cold. A few people looked a little purple.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

CENTRAL COAST - Blue Lagoon - sup - 8 August 2010

 

I watched three guys paddleboarding at Blue Lagoon. The waves were infrequent but they caught a couple of nice ones.

Monday, August 9, 2010

CENTRAL COAST - Bateau Bay to Shelley Beach - HIKE - 8 August 2010


I parked at Bateau Bay and walked the short distance to Shelley Beach via the coast. The tide was low so a lot of marine life was visible. The sooty oyster catcher was meandering around the wave zone looking for shellfish. It was an easy and interesting walk which took me an hoiur but is probably a ten minute walk.

CENTRAL COAST - Kincumba Mountain - MTB - 6 July 2010

I went for a cycle along the tracks at Kincumba Mountain Reserve. It was fun, especially trying to balance the camera on the bumpy tracks.

There were great views over Avoca from Warriwarri Lookout.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

CENTRAL COAST - surf - 4 August 2010


The day seemed to have a lot of potential for surfing but it just wasn't right. I wandered around to a number of beaches and settled for coffee and the sandyfeet cafe.

My go pro camera arrrived today so looking forward to different shots.


SYDNEY, COOKS RIVER KAYAK - 11 OCTOBER 2017

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