Saturday, 16 August 2014

Australian Adventure Post 3

Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park Area

Friday 1st August

Picked up our rental car and left Sydney for the Central NSW Coast.

After checking into our hotel - The Mantra at Ettalong Beach - we headed out to explore the area - driving through Pearl Beach .....

 and onto Patonga where we found a delightful pub called The Patonga Beach Hotel. We liked it so much we went back a second time. Lovely menu and lovely setting but probably gets very busy in the summer.

Saturday 2nd August 

Drove round the headland to Palm Beach, Home and Away is filmed, in order to find the Seaplane Base. Managed to locate the Seaplane (turn left just past the golf club as you head into Palm Beach). 

Take off


One of the northern beaches

Sydney by Seaplane - departing from Palm Beach:)

Was lucky enough to get on the 2pm flight down over Pittwater and the northern beaches to Sydney Harbour. Steve the pilot was very friendly and informative. Jenny on the dock was very attentive to all passengers. I can thoroughly recommend this experience if you are in the area - and Palm Beach is lovely too. I should imagine you have to book in the spring and summer if you want to get on a trip. 

For myself going on a seaplane was a treat in itself but the stunning views were a bonus, what a fabulous place for my first seaplane experience. 

Palm Beach - aka Summer Bay!

Look carefully and you can see the seaplane about to take off. 

Sunday 3rd August

We headed across Brisbane Water ...

to the Bouddi Penninsula for a costal bush walk. We decided upon a trail out to Gerrin Point and back again. We were treated to a variety of paths.

Through the bush.

Coastal path

Sea views

Gerrin Point - the end of the pink line - the map is orientated!
Along the way we were surprised to see a Brown Snake poking its head out onto the coastal path - these are highly venomous - so I hurried on by. A minute or so later we saw an Enchida too.

Monday 4th August

Having seen some wildlife the day before we decided to see more at the nearby Australian Reptile Park.

Hugo the Galapagos Tortoise

Tasmanian Devil


We took full advantage of all the talks on that day. A reptile talk, a Funnel Web talk, a dingo talk and the Tasmanian Devil Talk. In the last talk we discovered how a rare facial tumour is threatening the population of Tasmanian Devils and how a programme called Devil Ark is trying to help - you can find out more here.

We also found out about the Tasmanian Tiger and how it became extinct - see here.

The talks were very practical for the area (NSW), they explained how to deal with and catch a Funnel Web Spider. This is very important especially if it is a male spider because the park like them brought in so they can harvest their venom for anti-venom. They also explained what to do if you are bitten by a spider or snake.
1) Stay still and clam so that the venom doesn't move through you.
2) Apply a compression bandage but don't wipe the venom away.
3) Get to a hospital asap.

The park is really for children but I enjoyed our day there and learnt loads.

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