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Dolphins off King Edward Park

With the truck still at the car dealership getting its gearbox fixed our weekend plans had taken an unexpected turn, so we headed into King Edward Park, which is known for one of the best views in the city and also for its whale and dolphin watching vantage point.

The whales seem to be a bit quieter this year, or maybe we just haven’t had the same amount of time to stare out into the blue abyss hoping to catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures cruising their way north for warmer waters.

Almost as soon as we pulled up we spotted a pod of dolphins playing in the waves. I grabbed my camera and shot off a few frames, thinking they would disappear pretty quickly.

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Dolphin Wave
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Dolphin Surfing

Whilst we were fixed on the dolphins we heard a plane, which isn’t that unusual as the park is on the flight path for the airport but this wasn’t a commercial jet – it was Matt Hall – famous Red Bull Racer. The Care flight chopper also decided to join in the fun.

The dolphins were still frolicking up and down the beach so i managed to get a few more shots and some video footage.

They were having so much fin chasing the waves, jumping and diving out the back of them.

We were sorry to see them finally swim off about an hour later.

This little guy had been sitting on the telegraph pole keeping an eye on us for a while.

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It’s possible he was watching for food, not us LOL

As the wind started to pick up, and the end of sunlight for the day was approaching we headed for home only to be greeted by these two beauties outside the front door.

Until next time, thanks for stopping by.

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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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Camp on Allyn – East Gresford NSW

Camp on Allyn is one of our favourite ‘local’ campgrounds. Located about 5kms out of the little country town of East Gresford – about an hour North West of Newcastle, NSW.

The campground is run by owners Tom and Robyn as part of their working farm. The campground is fenced in, with access to the river. The sites are huge and well spaced out across to ensure everyone is able to enjoy their time, whether its with a group of friends or a quiet weekend on your own.

There are flushing toilets, hot showers, and a small communal covered area. A limited number of fire pits are available, and firewood is available through their supplier or bring your own.

Tom and Robyn are super friendly often dropping by around ‘beer o’clock’ to check in and have a chat if you’re up for one.

The campground is extremely well maintained. The entrance is set back slightly off the road with enough room to pull in safely from the road and let Tom and Robyn know you’ve arrived (as per camp rules).

I’ve thrown the Drone up a couple of times on our visits. The views are just stunning.

You can find them on Wikicamps – Camp on Allyn and Facebook – Camp on Allyn

Read about our past adventures – here and here.

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Back camping on the Allyn River for 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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Who doesn’t love a good fire. Fire pits are provided for the campsites.

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.

Paper Plan Competition

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 !

Exploring the River

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 think the kids are comfy!

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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The farm is just beautiful

Here’s a quick video our weekend …

Until our next adventure, thanks for stopping by.