In January 2018, we rented a house with a huge patio overlooking the Pacific Ocean at the Central Coast, in Killcare, about one hour drive North of where we live.
We stayed mostly close to Putty Beach and the surrounding area that encompasses 27 ha including beach, rehabilitated sand-mined area, natural areas, Killcare Surf Club and public facilities.
We mostly enjoyed the beach in the early mornings before it got too hot.
Each morning, we admired the newly built nets of the Garden Orb Web spiders.
We also hiked in the Bouddi National Park, a park that was established in part by the relentless fight for the environment by bushwalker, Marie Byles (1900-1979). The close-by bay area features a huge marina and many stores and cafes next to the shoreline which we exploited for late breakfasts during our stay.
Sophia and I snorkelled from the beach finding a luscious underwater flora:
During one of our beach walks, we found several washed-up Bluebottles.
It was still moving a little bit:
Alexandra invited her boyfriend, Alex, over and both enjoyed swimming in the ocean.
Both, Sophia and Alexandra, modelled for me while I was flying my drone over the sandy beaches.
We had breakfast in town where the Rainbow lorikeets unashamed visited the restaurant tables.
Finally, I pieced together the best drone shots and came up with this movie:
In June 2018, we visited Killcare again for a few days to enjoy watching whales that can be seen passing the shores at this time of the year on their migratory route from Antartica to breed in warmer tropical waters. Between the month of October and November, they can be seen making their way back to the rich waters of Antartica to feed after giving birth. We learned that the common species are Humpback Whales and Southern Right Whales. We spent several hours at Captain Cook's lookout to observe breaching Humpback Whales.
I assembled a video from the best snippets taken while flying my DJI MavicPro drone from Captain Cook's lookout:
Here another video from November 2018:
We visited again in January of 2019 with Lilly:
We spent another week in Killcare in June 2020:
And then in December 2021, we visited Woy Woy to enjoy the Brisbane Water, a wave-dominated barrier estuary located inland from Killcare with short trips to the beach:
More pictures here.