A section of the Lake Illawarra.
We were heading home from our two day trip at Kangaroo Valley when suddenly one of our friends suggested that we should take half an hour walk at the Lake Illawarra, this was two years ago during the winter month. We arrived here at around 3pm. Actually, that was my very first time to be there, I did hear a lot about Lake Illawarra from friends but not until I set foot there did I come to appreciate the place and its environment.
Well, Lake Illawarra is located between the Illawarra escarpment and the Pacific Ocean on the NSW South Coast some 90 kilometres south of Sydney. Water flowing into it is both fresh (from the escarpment) and salty (from ocean tides).
Birds flock at the other area of the lake.
The Lake is approximately 9.5 kilometres long and 5.5 kilometres wide, with an area of 33 square kilometres and a maximum depth of 3.7 metres. 13 boat ramps surround the lake and is a popular recreational location. The lake is a popular spot for fishing, prawning, and all water sports.
When we were here, I saw some guys fishing, a pair of guys kayaking and other guys on Jet Ski.
Another picturesque section of the lake.
I heard a comment from a friend that the lake needs a careful consideration for dredging, because slowly the lake is becoming shallow.
Some friends amused while two Pelicans swam.
The Bents Basin
This is the Bents Basin, a deep waterhole that forms part of a gorge on the Nepean River between Camden and Penrith in New South Wales. It has a good picnic grounds, a parking area and a function building for wedding, birthday celebration, family event and many more. Bents Basin is also a perfect place for swimming, canoeing and fishing.
The river’s upstream
We visited this place in November 2012 and we saw some people having a nice day in one of the picnic area close to the river, a man swimming and another man canoeing up the river. I had several photos taken here and right upstream which was almost covered with huge rocks. The bush surrounding it is so thick yet created a fine habitat for wild birds and animals. It’s a serene place, a place to enjoy nature and relax. Some of my friends celebrated their Christmas Eve celebration here during that year.
The picnic grounds
They say that the site caters for caravan and camping but we didn’t see any campers when we came here. All we saw was, a family event taking place at the function building.
Local sketch of the area.