Sydney, Australia

Bicentennial Coastal Walk

June 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Last weekend, we walked part of the Bicentennial Coastal Walk. We started at Long Reef Beach at the Northern Beaches near Narrabeen Lagoon and made it up to Dee Why Lagoon. 

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Sandbanks shape beach breaks that are great for beginners and intermediate surfers.

HEI_4077HEI_4077 While we did not see migrating whales as we had hoped, we enjoyed an Eastern Osprey circling around us with his prey in his claws.

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The Australian Pelicans, Australia's only species of pelican, can have a body of up to 1.8 m long.

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From the headlands next to the Long Reef Golf Club as well as from Dee Why Lagoon, we started the drone to enjoy the arial view:

More pictures here.


Wattamolla, Royal National Park

June 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

On Sunday, Gisela and I walked 5 kilometres of the 26 kilometres Coast Track within the Royal National Park. We started at Wattamolla—a cove, lagoon, and beach on the New South Wales coast south of Sydney. 

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We parked at the Wattamolla Picnic Area and walked South, taking pictures and letting the drone fly above us.

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During our walk, we spotted two humpback whales traveling North along the shoreline.

Here more images.

 

 
 


Central Tablelands

June 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

In August 2016, we visited the Central Tablelands in New South Wales. After meeting Aboriginal Elders and visiting several Aboriginal Medical Services under guidance of the Director of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, we explored the beauties of the Central Tablelands.

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Driving can be challenging on dirt roads.

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Airplanes and airports are often very small and everything is handled in a very informal way.

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We did not expect to see so many impressive waterfalls in a modest highland area that peaks at 1,500 metres. The "New England National Park” features a so called Waterfall Way that connects the various waterfall attractions.

 

We also enjoyed a tour of the L P Dutton Trout Hatchery that releases Rainbow Trout into the streams of New South Wales for fishing.

We were also lucky to spot the signature bird of the area, the Superb Lyrebird - the largest songbird in the world apparently. This bird can mimic man-made sounds, like a chainsaw, a car alarm and toy guns

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Here a short video of the waterfalls and the Lyrebird.

Here more images.

This is a photographic diary of our adventures in Australia with emphasis on Sydney and its surroundings.
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