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Waterside Lunch

Back in November (yes, I am very behind on my posts), I met up with friends N and F – it was N’s birthday! It was a warm (but not too hot) day, and our venue was Hugo’s at Manly Wharf. It was a lovely venue, overlooking the water. The food was pretty good, too.

How about some risotto?

Waterside lunch

Or pan-friend salmon?

Waterside lunch

And sticky date pudding and ice cream for dessert?

Waterside lunch

Now, I know that there’s no such thing as a typically ‘Aussie’ meal, but if a non-Australian asks me to give an example, I think this selection would fit the bill – Italian and Anglo influenced dishes, with some seafood thrown in!

Long Reef – Layer Upon Layer

Apart from the investigating the marine life, we had a look at the geology of the headland. As you can see, it’s made up of layers of sediment. My resident geologist (ie. BB) told me that these cliffs were formed during the Triassic age, before the time of the dinosaurs who dominated during the Jurassic age. It is even older than the Hawkesbury Sandstone layer that makes up much of the Sydney Basin, so when you’re gazing at this cliff face you’re really looking at history.

Layering

Long Reef – Low Tide

And now for something different! Being from the south side of Sydney, I rarely go to the north side, however a few weeks ago I did have the opportunity to explore Long Reef. This is a headland between Dee Why and Collaroy beaches that is characterised by claystone cliffs, a golf course, and an extensive rock platform.

It was very low tide when we visited, hence we saw the rock platform exposed in all its glory.

Towards Collaroy Beach.

Rock platform at low tide

The rock platform.

Rock platform at low tide