On Wednesday we were due to visit friends of ours who live at Avalon. Avalon is right at the northernmost tip of the Sydney Metropolitan area, and to get there from our place there are two options; about a 2 hour road journey skirting Broken Bay, or a ferry trip from Ettalong to Palm Beach. For those not familiar with Sydney, here is the map of the area:
Ettalong where the "A" is, Pacific Ocean on the right, the mouth of the Hawkesbury River on the left, the open area is called Broken Bay, and Palm Beach and Avalon are at the foot of the map. While it wasn't a shorter trip timewise, it was a brilliant way to spend a summer day.
Wednesday dawned sunny and hot, with little wind, which is fortunate, as the ferry crosses open water and on a windy day, the crossing can be choppy.
|Summer Holiday queue for the ferry|
|View back towards Ettalong|
|Lion Island - its the tiny green blob on the left in the map above. The beach you can see hiding behind Lion Island, is Pearl Beach, at the very southern tip of the Central Coast.|
|Barrenjoey Headland with the lighthouse on top. There was a severe bushfire there a year or so back which completely denuded the vegetation. Thankfully the historic lighthouse survived.|
The houses on the waterfront are so far down from the road, which you can see mid photo, that they require an inclinator to take you down from the road to the house.
We were also treated to the spectacle of the sea plane coming in to land, but those photos did not come out too well.
We missed the bus connection to Avalon of course and had to wait in the park at Palm Beach for half an hour for the next one. Such a hardship when its a beautiful day and beautiful scenery. Time for a selfie, much to the Dearly Beloved's disgust.
There were pirates all around us, of the duck variety that is. This one, having fossicked in the lady's bag for a while (head down, tail in the air), found that the fish & chips she was eating were of much greater interest. LOL
But then the food left, and the pirates had a nap.
The location as absolutely stunning, and while the DB & the girls were looking (successfully) for the token, I took a truck load of photos....
|Avalon Headland - Boudhi National Park on the Central Coast in the far distance.|
On the way back to the ferry, our friends took us to the Bible Garden at the highest point of Palm Beach.
This is the most serene, beautiful place I have been to in a very long time. The garden was established by Gerald Hercules Robinson in 1966, and donated to the public in perpetuity.
One of the delights of this garden is a lily pond, with this gorgeous lily.
Many of the plants in the garden are those referred to in the Bible. And there is a beautiful bench you can sit on, in the shade of a tree, to read the Bible provided or simply contemplate the view.
Thank you J for suggesting this lovely day, and making it a very special one.
Til next time.....Keep on stitching (or tripping)