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Boating about in Funcurry - NSW

sunny 20 °C

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After the hard work of gardening, Nick and I had a day out on the boat investigating the waterways that surround Forster and Tuncurry.
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It was great to see the area from a different angle. Heading down the Wallingat River
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with Nick at the helm of the Black Pearl
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Wallingat is a new park with an old heritage. Prior to the gazettal of 6,557ha of land as National Park in 1999 the area was reserved as a stat forest with a logging history going back to the mid 1800's.
Then there is the rich Aboriginal heritage reaching back past the time when the sea levels rose to their current height some 6,000 years ago and the coastal lakes formed around the park's seaward edges.
It was so still the mountains reflected in the water
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and the river was a mirror to the rainforest along the banks
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to see the amazing mangroves line the banks of Punga 1
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and the reflections at Ferny Creek
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We saw a lot of the local birds, including a Spoonbill
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Sea Eagle
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and Black Swans taking off
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As we stopped to go ashore a couple of times I spotted these Wattle Acacia
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and the view back across the river was beautiful
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On the way back, we pulled into an island Nick had not yet explored
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and I came across this Midden where the aborigines would have caught and eaten and left a lot of sea shells
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Whilst exploring I met a local Antichinus
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and a little further along I was a bit surprised to find goat footprints!
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and so from this day one, it shall be known as Goat Island!
The view from Goat Island back across Wallis Lake was spectacular
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Heading back to Tuncurry,
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we stopped to throw a line over and try our luck at Bream. Unfortunately too small to be legal, so he lives to tell the tale!
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...bit of a let down to the pelicans that are always waiting for left overs at the cleaning sinks back on shore.
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A top day out with a great person in a beautiful part of the country.

Posted by charlystyles 13:41 Archived in Australia Tagged lake island boating goat wallis tuncurry wallingat Comments (0)

A spot of gardening in Tuncurry - NSW

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Whilst walking along the harbour break wall one day, a friendly local stopped to discuss the Sea Hare I'd been studying in the water. To cut a short story even shorter, he asked for my number and I invited him up to come shell hunting with me on the nearby beach, despite the pouring rain!
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So we went out fully prepared I even had wellies (gum boots) on, but they were soon full of water! So what else to do when you're already thoroughly soaked through - go for a swim in the ocean!
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...this was Nick! someone just as crazy as me.
I've since learnt that most adventures involved a little off-roading in the land cruiser. The trip back from the pub that night was no exception!
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Nick had a list of job to do in the garden before he went away for a couple of month, so I offered to help out (in exchange for food and board of course)!
First job was the Elephant Fence. Not that there is a problem with wild elephants in Tuncurry, but if you're going to build a fence, you might as well make it a good one!
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Using old sleepers on their third lease of life,
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creating a future trellis to grow jasmine along, which should soften it a little!!
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Next were the raised beds in the rear garden.
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First job was to clear all the buffalo grass - it's tough, as the name suggests!
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Then add a trellis for climbing beans and banana tree support.
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and soon you have what is affectionately called the Charlotte Style Chapel! First service held a few days later one evening (with a few beers)!

The Kookaburra liked it
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The next bed, tucked under the stairs was built by an English Rose, for English roses (and other!).
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and soon to be a path outside the shed.
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Finished off by Nick with a lot of hard graft!
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With the compost above ready for plating some goodies in a few months time.

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Posted by charlystyles 13:18 Archived in Australia Tagged gardening tuncurry Comments (1)

Forster-Tuncurry Walking - NSW

sunny 20 °C

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Spending a day exploring the local town, I walked from Forster to Tuncurry and back around the coastline.
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Forster
Forster is a coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Great Lakes Council LGA, about 308 km (191 mi) north-north-east of Sydney.
Looking out to sea, next stop...Chile!
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It is immediately adjacent to its twin, Tuncurry, which is the smaller of the two towns. The two towns are joined by quite a long bridge
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The usual local pronunciation of the name is "Foster".

At the Northern tip of the Great Lakes, these twin towns are where Wallis Lake meets the ocean.
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Wallis Lake
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Oyster Farming in Wallis Lake
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Forster Breakwall
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Looking from Forster Breakwall to Tuncurry breakwall
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and back from Tuncurry breakwall to Forster breakwall
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Just befoe Tuncurry breakwall is Rock Pool beach
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A great spot to see some fishes, and this 'Sea Hare or Aplysia'
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And the other side of Tuncurry breakwall, is Nine Mile Beach
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The twin townships are surrounded by National Parks and feature majestic headlands and long secluded beaches. Boating, fishing, diving, paddling, cruises, whale watching and coastal walks combine with galleries, unique shopping and award-winning restaurants.
One of the activities I quite fancied (but not on my own) was 'aqua biking'!!
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The towns host some of the best sporting events in Australia and many adventure enthusiasts make an annual pilgrimage to the region every year to explore the surrounding forests and waterways.

Some other characters enjoying the surrounding waterways, were the Australian Pelicans... lots of them!
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these ones were hanging around the fish cleaning sinks on th ecamp site by the harbour
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and these fellas, were just messing up someone's boat...
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Forster has an attractive little harbour
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Forster Ocean Baths
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An application was made in January 1935 to the Unemployment Relief Council for the purpose of construction of Ocean baths and a Casino / Dance Hall at Forster.
In March of 1935, a work schedule was prepared and emergency relief workers, also known back then as 'Work for the dole', were given approval to be used as labourers.
April 1935 saw progress in the removal of rock and preparation of the pool bed.
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In May of that year plans were approved by the Public Works Department and the Unemployment Relief Council.
Forster Ocean Baths was officially opened on the 18th January 1936 by the Hon. JM Dunningham, Minister of Labour and Industry.
Total cost of the Ocean Baths and casino Buildings cane to £5,734 with an additional £500 for fittings.Forster_Pool.jpg

As the walk goes further south along the coastline, I found Main Beach
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and along to Pebbly Beach
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before the headland rose, givin great views back to Main Beach
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Have you ever seen the untamed beauty each time a wave breaks in the ocean.
Have you ever felt the coolness of the water as the sun breaks crystallising the entire ocean.
The lip crashes on your shoulder forcing you deeper into the hollow tube the beauty of life is the personal sensation.
This area here is one of the natures great beauties.

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At the end of a days exploring, my ever-faithful sandls gave up. Bought in New York many years ago, they have been all over the world with me, and walked many, many miles
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Still, at least I had a beautiful spot to sit and wait to be rescued
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Posted by charlystyles 13:45 Archived in Australia Tagged forster tuncurry Comments (0)

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