Patonga – Part 1

Ah, Patonga. This place has got to be one of the sleepiest places on the entire Central Coast. Even though it’s a mere 6km from Umina Beach it’s a very winding 6km through the Brisbane Waters National Park. Being surrounded by bush and water (West Head in Kuringai National Park sits opposite it) it feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere, making it a paradise for bushwalkers and fisher-people.

I like the dinghies parked on the beach. It looks terribly quaint.

Patonga Afternoon

I also like the fishing nets strewn on the ground. If it wasn’t for the very distinctive bushland, I could be somewhere on the Mediterranean.

Patonga Afternoon

Sleepy Hollows – Part 7

Like Ninety Mile Beach further north, this stretch of coastline around the Hokianga is also wild and desolate. Unlike Ninety Mile beach, it is remote and quite inaccessible. No 4wd buggies around there. Access is only via tiny (and unsealed) country roads. I only caught a glimpse of that coast from the more civilised side of the harbour, but I want to visit it if I’m ever in the area again.

Hokianga Harbour Heads