Check out the latest updates and adventures as we explore this amazing country of ours.
Montague Island Fur Seals
I finally got the opportunity to scuba and snorkel with some very playful fur seals off Montague Island which is located only a few km offshore from the South Coast town of Narooma in NSW.
It didn't take long after we entered the water for the first few seals to swim up to us and perform their playful twists and turns while they were checking us out. I even had the occasional seal put its face up against my mask as if it was wanting me to play.
For those interested, I would highly recommend the very professional team of Underwater Safaris based in Narooma to take you on this very exciting experience.
Rodriguez Pass walking track is a challenging 12km loop hike that can be started from either Govetts Leap or Evans lookout, in Blackheath. This Grade 5 track winds past numerous spectacular waterfalls, lookouts and lush rainforest in Blue Mountains National Park. *Note. The track is very steep and difficult in places and has minimal signage. It’s recommended for experienced hikers with good fitness and navigation skills. Take care as there are exposed cliff edges, steep stairs and slippery creek crossings
The walk has appropriately been named Jump Rock because of the many people who jump from a high cliff into the water at this location. It is a popular spot in summer and the walk certainly packs a punch in lush rainforest, epic deep pools, cascades and the famous Jump Rock. Jump rock is around 5km return and good walking shoes are highly recommended. Also worth taking your swimmers because you will more than likely be tempted to jump in for a swim. Jump Rock swimming hole is found at the bottom of Macquarie Pass on the left hand side coming from Albion Park.
Danger: The jump can be dangerous and comes with the risk of serious injury or death
Karloo Pools to Audley
This pleasant bushwalk starts near Heathcote train station where you will enter the trail next to the Heathcote rural fire services. The moderately challenging track leads through heathland, passing beautiful Karloo Pool a popular swimming and picnic spot. Karloo is approx 2.5km and will take you around 1-1.5hrs) You may be tempted to stop for a refreshing swim in these crystal clear waters however depending on the seasons, these waters can be extremely cold. From here the trail will continue another 2.5km to Uloolo Falls (approx 1.5hrs) Uloola Falls is a popular remote camping site and bookings can be made through National Parks and Wildlife. Uloola to Audley is another 4-5km and can take 2-3hrs depending on your level of fitness. *note these time are only approximate and can vary. Some planning will be required for this walk as there is no public transport at Audley. If you are up for it, you can walk another 5-6km to Sutherland train station via Honeymoon stairs on the western side of Audley Weir.
Marine Sanctuaries-Do they work
Wallangambe Canyon - Stage 2
This full day adventure starts with a 1.5 hr walk and rope climb down to the exit of Stage 1 of the canyon. From here, the second stage of Wollangambe will not disappoint, from its crystal-clear waters winding through some very colourful passages, to its magnificent towering rock walls. Entry is from Cathedral Reserve at Mt Wilson and does involve 2 rope climbs which can be a bit challenging for those who have issues with heights. For detailed information on this canyon click on this link Wallangambe Canyon-Lower section
Monster Monitor at Tuross Lake
Surprised and stunned is not an exaggeration when I was kayaking on the Lake at Tuross Head and spotted this monster Lace Monitor crossing sand banks in search of some of the many species of water bird's eggs that inhabit these waterways.
Hooked Up Rays
Sadly, on many occasions I have come across some of our beautiful marine life with full fishing tackle still attached.
See what happens next.
Natural Jet Spa in the Whitsundays
aWhitehaven Beach is a pristine, award winning beach on Whitsunday Island that stretches for over seven kilometres and boasts brilliant white silica sand that is among the purest in the world. Unknown to many, this place also has a very special treat hidden below the picturesque clear waters of its inlet.
Australian Freshwater Turtles
Australia is home to about 23 species of freshwater turtle.
Although some populations of native freshwater turtles are thriving, in many places they are declining because of the combination of hazards mainly due to human impacts
Humpbacks at Whitsundays
We were so lucky to witness this special bond between a mother and its newborn as it was guiding and supporting its baby in preparation for their long journey back home to the Antarctica. Like all mothers this Humpback whale was always nearby its newborn as it played, splashed and breached in the calm waters of the Whitsundays
Whitehaven Beach is a pristine beach on Whitsunday Island and stretches over seven kilometres. It boasts brilliant white silica sand that is among the purest in the world. Sink your feet into the sand and wade into the warm waves that gently lap the shore and you'll soon realise why people come here from all over the world.
Wildlife Drops in for a Drink
Check out what happens when a motion activated camera is placed at a waterhole in Wombeyan-NSW.
This waterhole was visited by, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Red Necked Wallabies, Wombat, Dingos, Wild Boars, Cattle, Kookaburras and much more.
Echidnas-The little Spiny Anteater
Echidnas, sometimes known as spiny anteaters, are monotremes which are egg-laying mammals.
Together with the platypus, they are only found in Australia and New Guinea and are the only surviving mammals that lay eggs.
Shipwrecks of Maroubra
In 1986, I recovered and restored the anchor from one of the two historical shipwrecks from Maroubra Beach, the Tekapo
This video brings together a brief history of these two wrecks "Hereward" and "Tekapo" and the recovery of their artifacts.
This is definitely one place that you should put on your bucket list.
Only around 3hrs drive south west of Sydney, Wombeyan ticks all the boxes. From it's adventurous drive along the graded, narrow Wombeyan caves road, to it's abundance of unique Australian wildlife.
Best of all, what Wombeyan is famous for, its amazing caves.