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Sleepy Sunday Migration

The wind was blowing, the sky was blue but that warm doona enticed us to stay in bed a little bit longer this morning, so after a bit of a later start we headed into the beaches to see if we could spot some more whales – this time with camera in hand!

We started at the ocean baths and walked around to Newcastle beach.

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Empty Ocean Baths
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Great viewing platform
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Looking back to the Ocean Baths
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Newcastle Beach

We grabbed a quick breaky and hot chocolate at a cafe that looks out over Newcastle Beach – Liquid Gold Cafe – check ’em out if you’re in town.

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Just what the Doc ordered on a windy cold morning

We saw a few puffs of whale breath far out in the ocean so we made our way back to the baths hoping a few might pop up closer to shore.

The wind was whipping the top off the waves.

Whilst the canoe pool was empty the waves were just lapping over the back due to their size and some were washing over the back of the main pool.

As we hadn’t seen any whales earlier in the day, we headed back again in the afternoon after my meeting and we did at least manage to spot these guys, but that was a close and as active as they got today, i think they definitely had the sleepy Sunday migration blues today.

The whales may not have been playing, but the surfers were out and trying not to get munched my the waves.

The wind hadn’t dropped and the waves were still being whipped about by the wind and it was too cold to stick around for sunset today.

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Rainbows and Sunset

With no plans for the evening, and after a great afternoon catching up with friends, we headed into the Ocean Baths for a walk and maybe a sunset shoot. We had driven past the beaches earlier in the day and saw some whales up nice and close, so we were hopeful we might see some more at sunset.

When we arrived it was cold, windy, a little bit wet, sunset was looking like a bust and there were no whales! So yeah pretty ordinary. We walked around to Nobby’s and back and i decided given we were there i should try and capture something! So this is the afternoon’s attempt.

The wind and rain swept through …

The rainbows and sunshine came out …

and then the colour started to appear …

ahh that pumphouse, you just can’t go past it …

light over Nobby’s – seems like the harbour would have been the place to be tonight …

Looking back to the west …

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A quick weekend getaway

After a great weekend away in the city over the long weekend, we were keen for another getaway, and Camp on Allyn is the perfect location for us. Its about an hour away from home (depending on traffic) so that makes it possible to getaway after work on Friday night without arriving at our destination at midnight!

We opted for the quick awning as we were only staying two nights and (hopefully) no rain forecast.

So it wasn’t too long before we were standing around this talking trash.

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It was a bit of a chilly night and morning so we all had a lovely Saturday morning sleep in before an awesome cook up for breakfast.

In order to keep the kids occupied we had a paper plane throwing competition, after a somewhat challenging build segment – these things were high tech paper planes let me tell you !

The kids had been out exploring the river and took us all on a river trip – the river height was heaps higher than our last visit, i was quite surprised how high it actually was.

Watching the kids (and Laurence) try to get those air filled lounges filled was pretty amusing.

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I put the drone up again, the view of the camp is pretty cool, next visit i’m going to follow the river.

After a very lazy afternoon, the girls decided to take a walk to the top gate and back before settling down for the night with a yummy roast dinner and fire. The farm is stunning and the walk was just what we needed.

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Here’s a quick video our weekend …

Until our next adventure, thanks for stopping by.

 

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Long Weekend camping in the City!

Somehow, i still really don’t know how, we were conned/convinced into camping at Lane Cove on the outskirts of Sydney on a long weekend, during the Festival of Vivid. I know we are crazy idiots, but booked we were and so on Friday afternoon after a late finish at work we did the crazy pre-trip madhouse runaround getting the entire house it seems jammed into the camper, and hitched on up.

We hit the freeway not too long before dusk, and we weren’t too far down the M1 before it started to rain. Two of my least favourite things when towing – dark and raining.

We arrived at the park – Lane Cove River Tourist Park – having made our way without any issues (thanks Google) about 7.30pm. The rest of the crew were already set up and onto their first drinks. The sites (and park actually) were much larger than we expected with lovely concrete pads and well maintained sites, making for an easy drive onto and unhitch situation, which was very welcome.

The two tall lads helped us fiddle around with the awning and get it up nice and quickly in the rain, and we too were also standing around with a drink in our hand.

Saturday morning we woke to the sounds of planes taking off from Sydney Kingsford International Airport, and rain on the roof.

The weather was not playing kindly with us, and when you’re in the city and the weather is awful what does one do? Costco! Yep we headed off for our first visit to Costco.

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Rainy days at Costco

Having spent the good part of the morning wandering around, we grabbed some lunch goodies and headed back to camp. We spent the afternoon sky watching trying to determine if our plans to head into the city for Vivid were sound or not. In the end we decided to chance it and headed off for an adventure to the city.

North Ryde train station is only about 700m up the road from the park, so we headed off on foot to the station.

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Ready to rumble

Hopefully the sunset as we arrived at the station was a good sign.

With the zappy zaps (Opal Cards) sorted we didn’t have to wait long before the train arrived to take us to Circular Quay via Wynyard.

We headed to Fortune of War, where we had (thankfully) pre-booked a table for dinner.

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Dinner at the Fortune of War

We followed the Vivid Light walking trail which led us under the bridge and spectacular views of the Opera House and Luna Park.

We followed the path down to the water near the bridge.

We then followed the waterfront all the way back to the train station.

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Looking back towards Circular Quay

Some of the majestic designs on the Opera House for Vivid 2018.

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Opera House and Circular Quay laser lights.

Due to some construction on the waterfront the pathway leads back up into the beautiful Rocks.

Given it was a long weekend – albeit, wet and cold – we were really surprised at the lack of crowds around for the evening, which made for an easy and pleasant night especially for the kids.

The views back to the Bridge and up towards Circular Quay from the Passenger Terminal.

As the night was getting late, and the little feet a little tired we started to make our way towards the train station, so i was grabbing a few shots along the way.

With a few tired little (and big) people we made the trek back to the park on the trains.

North Ryde Station really is pretty cool!

I made a little video of our Vivid adventure …

Sunday morning the weather still wasn’t really playing nice with us but we did glimpse some blue sky.

With a hearty breakfast in our bellies, and what looked like a clearing sky we tempted fate by bundling all the kids up in their wet weather gear and heading off on a bush walk.

Check out those solar panels in the park – how awesome is that!

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Our Walk
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We kinda let the kids decide (but also pushed for the shorter Weir walk) 🙂

The walk was pretty easy, the first part was a small decline down some stairs and then mostly flatish walk along the river edge – it is a truly stunning part of the city. You have no idea how close to the city you really are when you walking through the park.

As we made our way back to camp i made a little video of the walk.

Whilst it didnt really rain – a few sprinkles here and there – the weather wasnt really pleasant enough to do too much, so by sunset we all had the cabin fevers setting in, so we decided to walk the park before settling in for the night.

We were so impressed with the facilities of the park, how clean and tidy everything was and really everything about the park. If you have too (or want too) camp in the city, this is most definitely the place to do it.

A few more pics of our sites.

As we usually do we ate like kings and even had beautiful Costco apple pie ( i even indulged a little on the Gluten feast).

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Costco Apple Pie

Monday morning saw dry skies after some late night downpours, which meant we were all able to pack up dry which is always a good end to a camping trip.

Thanks to all the crew for an awesome weekend despite the weather! Can’t wait for the next trip.

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Fleeting Showers

After an exciting morning of cleaning gutters – yes it cant all be pretty photos and videos unfortunately – we headed into the beach to see what was happening.

Just as we arrived it started to sprinkle, and then it cleared off enough for us to get out of the car and go for a little ‘look see’.

The difference from yesterday to today was quite stark. The pool was almost at it’s normal height only the odd wave was breaking across the back of it, and the canoe pool was almost empty.

The rain showers swept back in again, which was okay because we had met up with a good mate and we were happy chit chatting away.

When this shower cleared we ventured out from our protected vantage point and managed a few shots with the phone – the best camera you have is the one you have with you – and the big camera was safely dry and warm in the car.

As we wandered over to the canoe pool i spotted the biggest cuttlefish i have ever seen!

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An almost empty canoe pool

With the rain coming back in, we set off to go home, but a break in the clouds had us heading for Strzelecki Lookout instead.

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Storm or sunset, that was the question.

That little gap in the clouds had us waiting to see if sunset would amount to anything.

It’s always hard to pass up an opportunity to shoot ANZAC Memorial walk.

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That gap is closing.

A glimpse of hope that the colour might pop.

Unfortunately in the end the storm won out over the sunset.

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Merewether and Bar Beach disappearing through the rain.