Diamond Head N.P. Campground
|Coastal Acacia in bloom along the walking track|
After lunch we came on here to Bonny Hills to a Big 4 Park....washing etc tomorrow I think. The beach here is not nearly so attractive as we have seen but we can hear the roar of the waves from our camp spot. We are now about 40km from Port Macquarie and all of a sudden this, this afternoon I have realised how much warmer it is. Could even sit outside to eat this evening and may be able to paddle in the sea tomorrow.
July 7th. Port Macquarie
|Aerial view of the Haven River entering the Pacific Ocean|
The next place to visit was the Sea Acres National Park which protects an outstanding remnant of a littoral and subtropical rainforest. We thoroughly enjoyed the 1.3km loop board walk which took us well above ground through this wonderful forest of ferns including huge elkhorn ferns, cabbage palms, flooded gums, strangler figs, vines and lots of leaf litter which forms a valuable compost on the forest floor. The strangler figs grow on another plant but are not actually parasites. They form thick patterns up the trunk of the host tree and can be several hundreds of years old. A close up look at this very old forest was most enlightening. For those of you who do not know the meaning of 'littoral' ....from Google the definition is 'relating to or situated on the shore of the sea or a lake'. Now er know as well!
Our day was enjoyed thoroughly!