Toowoon Bay beach walk

Toowoon Bay is a picturesque, horseshoe shaped and protected beach on the Central Coast of New South Wales.

Walking from Toowoon Bay to Shelly Beach, you pass beautiful sandy beaches and amazing tessellated pavement.

Enjoy watching this video of pristine beaches as you listen to the music of Lazy River Rag by Dan Lebowitz (YouTube audio library)

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Gosford waterfront

Walking along the Gosford waterfront on a sunny winter afternoon, I enjoyed the vista of moored boats and the occasional white faced cormorant. The impressive waterfront Coast Bar and Restaurant, (formerly Iggy’s waterfront restaurant) situated near the wharf of the cruise ship – Lady Kendall, is a great spot to take in the view and enjoy a coffee.

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Frazer Beach – Munmorah Conservation Area

The rugged coastline of Frazer Beach hides a tranquil paradise. With its sandy beaches and coastal heath, Frazer is a wonderful place to visit on a sunny afternoon.
Enjoy glimpses of the pristine water, combined with relaxing music.

Munmorah State Conservation Area is on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia.

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Rock Escarpments at Terrigal

These sandstone cliffs – between Terrigal main beach and the Haven – have been weathered by erosion.  Erosion wears away rock through the force of wind or water. As the elements erode the soft rock underneath, the hard rock tumbles down, creating cliffs and escarpments.
The sandstone is often a reddish colour from the iron it contains. It is mixed with shale deposits and some conglomerate rock.
Plants cling precariously to small pockets of soil and create an amazing landscape.  Note the tree above, with roots exposed and very windswept foliage.
A raised walkway is soon to be constructed below these majestic cliffs.

Terrigal is a beachfront area on the Central Coast of New South Wales.


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Walking in Strickland State Forest

Strickland State Forest has many walking tracks through varying forest types. These tracks were built by a volunteer group – Friends of Strickland – in partnership with the Forestry Corporation of NSW.
As you meander along tracks which descend gently through moist forest, filled with ferns and cabbage palms, you pass delightful little babbling creeks.

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Water Birds at Davistown

An afternoon stroll along the waterfront reserve at Davistown is always a treat and today was no exception.
Calm water, an amazing assortment of water birds, moored boats and an occasional passing ferry make some interesting photo opportunities.
Pictured above are some of the seagulls, pelicans, ducks and cormorants that we encountered on our walk (as photographed by my grandson).
During this pleasant level walk along the Illoura Reserve, you pass the Lintern Street Wharf – which is one of stops for the ferry service that runs from Davistown to Woy Woy – and informative signs, containing information about the past history of the area.
Continuing along the waterfront, you pass remains of Aboriginal shellfish middens. This area was reputed to have been the location of one of the largest Aboriginal camps in the district at the time of European settlement.
Further along the waterfront, a large children’s playground and an enclosed swimming pool on the edge of the sandy beach make an enjoyable picnic destination.

Davistown is on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia.

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Interesting tree trunks near Warrah Trig

These interesting markings on the scribbly gum are made by larvae of the Scribbly gum moths. They bore a meandering tunnel through the tree’s bark; eventually, when the tree sheds the outer bark, it produces scar tissue which shows these intricate patterns.

Looking closely at the base of this scribbly gum tree, you can see the trails in the decayed heartwood that show previous white ant occupation. The tree has also been scarred by fire but, amazingly, it still shows signs of active life, with a good canopy of leaves overhead.

Looming above this huge boulder – which seems to have eyes and a gaping mouth – is this shapely gum tree. I couldn’t resist the chance to capture this unusual photograph.

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Warrah Trig Walk

Following the Patonga Drive, and heading south towards Patonga in the Brisbane Water National Park, turn left into Warrah Trig road and drive until you reach the carpark.  Follow the Tony Doyle track from the old Warrah Trig Station down the ridge, along a well formed rock path – which includes some wooden stairs. At the end of the trail, you’ll find the spectacular Warrah lookout.
Along the way you will encounter many native wildflowers and waratahs for which the area is well known.
From the lookout, there are fantastic views to the distant Barrenjoey headland, Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury River.
Photographed above are just a few of the lovely native wildflowers we encountered beside the track this morning and a view from the lookout.

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Rumbalara Reserve

Walking through the Rumbalara Reserve (near Gosford, NSW) – a tree-filled area including rainforest, ferns, wildflowers and wildlife – you come across bronze sculptures of pioneers and explorers.
Photographed above is the bronze sculpture of Matthew Flinders, an English explorer, naval officer and navigator who sailed around Australia and mapped much of its coastline. Views from the reserve (pictured above) include the steep steps between two huge rock walls, some beautiful grass trees and some amazing rock formations.
Following the trails and looking at the view through the trees, you can catch glimpses of Gosford City with its office blocks and high-rise apartments, and watch tiny trains on the bridge which crosses over a section of the Brisbane Water.
The Mouat Trail is a pleasant walk of 4km, which should take approximately 2 hours to complete. This walk – best done with a car shuffle – starts from Rumbalara Reserve, accessed from Dolly Avenue at Springfield, to Katandra Reserve at Toomeys Road, Mount Elliot. The trail follows a series of tracks and management trails along the top of the ridge between the Katandra and Rumbalara Reserves.
There are many trails throughout both the Rumbalara and Katandra reserves, and you can walk all the trails or, as we did on this occasion,  just a selection.      

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