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To the Cliffs – Part 3

The cliffs come as a big surprise after navigating our way through a tunnel of tea tree bushes.

Coastal Walk from Wattamolla

They are similar to the cliffs you find up and down the Sydney Basin, except that these have been relatively untouched.

Coastal Walk from Wattamolla

The colours and shapes have all been sculpted by the elements over time. Amazing what nature can do.

Coastal Walk from Wattamolla

Coastal Walk from Wattamolla

Like the ledge below containing a mini rainforest, complete with ferns and mini waterfall.

Coastal Walk from Wattamolla

To the Cliffs – Part 2

We walked up a long stretch of coastal scrub, until we could see the landscape all the way down to the high hills above Burning Palms.

Coastal Walk from Wattamolla

Tea tree bushes seemed to dominate here, but there was plenty of summer flowers about to break up the scene, whether they be in the trees…

Coastal Walk from Wattamolla

Or closer to the ground.

Coastal Walk from Wattamolla

Coastal Walk from Wattamolla

After spending some time in Europe, I think we’re very lucky here in Eastern Australia to have something flowering all year round.

Coastal Walk from Wattamolla

To the Cliffs – Part 1

Another national park that we’ve not visited in a long time was the Royal National Park. And it’s been even longer since I took a walk to the cliffs. It’s time to remedy that.

We started at Wattamolla on a warm summer’s day. The park was already bustling with people even though it was just 10.30am. We crossed Wattamolla Creek and headed north past sparse eucalypt forest. The boulders here were a highlight, marking the edge of the forest and the low coastal scrub.

Coastal Walk from Wattamolla

Coastal Walk from Wattamolla

Midsummer Walk – Karloo Pool

What a difference six months makes. Where as Karloo Pool was full to overflow back in June, and one needed to get one’s boots wet to cross Kangaroo Creek, by midsummer the water level had significantly gone down, and the creek was reduced to a rambling trickle again.

We made our pilgrimage on a 30C day (most of my visits in the summer tend to be on days like these). The cool water of the pool was perfect, and this time there wasn’t half of the Shire down there. We stayed in for a long time, had lunch, and afterward was around to watch the pool return to its original stillness.

Karloo Pool Midsummer

A perfect summer’s day.

South Coast Line – Wattamolla – Part 2

Given that this is one of my favourite places, I think Wattamolla warrants another post.

The highlight of the lagoon for some people is the 5 metre high rock platform. I think it’s a rite of initiation for kids from the Shire to jump off it, and believe me, there’s always a small crowd wanting to do this despite the warning signs.

Wattamolla

But the lagoon has some tranquil bits as well, like this place near where we picnicked.

Wattamolla

South Coast Line – Coast Track

One of my all-time favourite walks is the Coast that spans the length of the Royal National Park. Funnily enough, I haven’t walked the length of it yet, but this bit between Little Marley and Wattamolla is my favourite. Sure, there are similar sights up and down the coast line, but the cliffs here are rather more dramatic to my eyes.

Cliff Edge

I also love how the sandstone form multi-caked layers, like pancakes.

Weathering