The beautiful Japanese gardens at Caroline Bay near East Gosford are tranquil and inspirational. Immaculately presented, these gardens are especially amazing in spring. Wisteria hangs gracefully from the pergola and the Azaleas in full bloom, present massed displays of colour. Viewing the raked stone garden, the pagodas and the Japanese water bowl as well as the beautifully shaped hedges is a very pleasant experience.
Walking on the boardwalk and around the cliff path from Putty Beach to Bullimah Beach, we were pleasantly surprised to find many stone pagodas. Made from stacked rocks, the pagodas made an amazing sight. Beautiful expanses of tessellated pavement and wonderful rock formations, as well as a cave hidden under overhanging rocks, made the 700m walk worthwhile.
Putty beach is located in Bouddi National Park on the Central Coast of NSW.
Enjoy the video while listening to the music of: Entire by Quincas Moreira (YouTube audio library)
A gift from Edogawa, the Japanese garden is situated in the grounds of the Gosford Regional Gallery and was officially opened in September 1994.
With a Japanese pavilion, tea house, well stocked Koi pond, pagodas and beautifully manicured gardens – all linked by meandering pathways – this is a lovely setting to enjoy art and nature.
Carved from a block of hebel, these owls and pagodas were made during a sculpture workshop.
Hebel, a lightweight building product made from autoclaved aerated concrete, is very easy to carve using saws, chisels, surform files and gouging tools. Off white in colour, these sculptures which weather over time, can be painted or coloured with oxides.
Starting with a block of hebel, which measures about 200mm x 200mm x 600mm, it is best to mark out your design roughly with chalk. Begin carving carefully, sawing away unneeded areas first and then using smaller tools for the finer details. A lot of dust will be released when working on your project, so always wear a mask and safety glasses.