Camping at Munmorah

November 20th, 2016

For our first camping experience in Australia, we decided to try a place that had all the proper amenities of camping, including running water and an actual campground in case we ran into difficulties. Munmorah fit our requirements very well, especially considering that we could not get a booking anywhere closer to Sydney.

One thing we have learned from our short time in Australia, is that it is full of interesting wildlife, flora and fauna. We knew this before from all of the National Geographic articles and videos we watched, but coming here really emphasizes this fact.

Camping at Munmorah
Flowers

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Flowers

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Plants

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Flower

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Termite mound

The park has some lovely vantage points where you can have a great view of the coast.

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The path to the looking spot

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Be careful!

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Isolated beach

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Looking

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Looking south

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Looking north

While on Birdie beach, we did in fact see lots of birds of many different types. 

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Seagulls

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More seagulls

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Type of seagull

One crow was defending its catch. As we got closer, it took an agressive stance and actually flew closer to us to scare us away.

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Agressive crow

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Not backing down

We wondered what they were eating. Upon closer inspection, we found they like shellfish.

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Bird food

I had planned to go swimming, but after finding this Man o'war on the beach, I think I should have a stinger suit or a wetsuit.

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Man o' War

Back at the camp site, we took time to read and enjoy the lovely weather.

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At the camp site

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Paper bark tree

The next morning, we were up before the dawn, and down to the beach for sunrise before driving home.

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Sunrise

Location: Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Spit Bridge to Manly Beach Walk

November 1st, 2016

As part of our exploration of our environment, we did an 8.5 KM walk from Spit Bridge to Manly Beach (AKA Spit to Manly, or Manly to Spit).

The walk takes you by fantastic views of the North Harbour and around several points and bays within the harbour. We started by Spit Bridge with a great view of Clontarf Point and Sandy Bay. Click on the pictures to get a slide show.

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Boats in Sandy Bay - some day, some day

The trail takes you along water's edge at many points.

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Shell Cove

At other points, the trail lifts you up (actually you have to walk up many flights of stairs at one point) where you are rewarded with great views.

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Looking toward Sydney city center

Once you walk a little bit further, there are some spectacular vistas toward the North and South heads - the entrance to Sydney Harbour, properly known as Port Jackson.

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Looking toward the heads

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Damn tourists

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Harbour heads

Along the way, you will encounter a profusion of wildlife, as you do everywhere in Australia, including crows who are also enjoying the view.

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Crows making a racket

A bit further yet, the and trail descends through thickets and scrub to the water's edge again.

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Thickets and Scrub

Walking along Reef Bay and the North Harbour, there are views and more views across the water, towards the heads and through thickets of yachts moored everywhere.

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Yachts

Spit Bridge to Manly Beach Walk
Yachts and heads

Eventually, the trail nears Manly Wharf and takes you through a few gardens and in front of people's gates.

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Bird of Paradise - flora and fauna?

Once you arrive in Manly ...

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Manly Wharf - the easy way to arrive - by ferry

 ... a stroll along the Corso ...

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The corso - linking Manly Wharf and and Manly Beach

... takes you to the beach.

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Manly Beach

Location: Eastern Suburbs, New South Wales, Australia