Thursday, July 26, 2018

Safari 2018 July 26th & 27th

July 26th 2018
   Woody Head, Bundjalong NP

Inspirational lines on the rocks

The day has flown by with 5.00 pm upon us already. We only travelled about 8km to this new campsite in the Bundjalung National Park. We have a spot very close to the Pacific Ocean once again. We arrived out here before 10.00 am so out site was not vacant for us. Off we went on a walk around Woody Heads and along the beach. The rocks on the headland were quite different, but still the Coastal Banksia was dominant and showing many beautiful blooms.
This afternoon we walked the Iluka Rainforest Walk and returned along the same interesting track. It was nearly 5km in total, With this morning's exploration of the beach and rocks  we have walked nearly 8 km today. This is quite a distance for me..sure to sleep well tonight. It does tell us that John's new hip is working well. I do not see him limping at all. This National Park Camping is really lovely with clean and spacious surrounds. We are booked to stay for 2 nights. This morning as we walked the rocky beach we found, clustered together, about 20 little piles of stones..for all the world like miniature prayer stones.  Other rock formations could easily be used as inspiration for stitching..we will see! 

One of the small piles of rocks at Woody Point
  July 27th

View From top of Middle Bluff
This morning we walked along the beach to Middle Bluff which has an unusually rocky ledge reaching out into the sea. Eventually we found a track leading up to the top of the Bluff. It  was a great view of the surrounding coast line. We watched a pod of 6 or 8 dolphins playing in the waters. It is wonderful to see several of them come to the surface in unison. The beach had an interesting difference in that it had swirls of small shells which had come in with the tide. As we walked through the bush to the beach we heard several loud calls from the Eastern Whipbird. They are a shy bird so we only saw very brief glimpses of this shy bird which I believe is in our NE Victorian bush lands .

Our afternoon excursion took us shopping for yet more food. Yes, we are eating very well!  

Later this afternoon we walked a path toward the northern section of beach which on first glance appears to be very untidy with trees fallen on the sand. From explanation notices it seems that the sea is eroding the forest at a rate of 2 metres per year. The explanatory diagrams are quite remarkable as they show the change in this section of coast line since 1940. It is one of the fastest eroding beaches of NSW. The National Parks officers have built a sturdy dune or wall and planted it with local plants to help stabilise it from the erosion by waves and tides. This is only serving to slow the process of erosion. It is a classic  example of how coastlines are formed with change and would serve as a great example for Geography students. I have posted this diagram as a reminder to me about the coastal change.
Coastline changes

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