We’ve been planning to have a long driving getaway during this day but majority of our friends opted to go to nearby places to celebrate the holiday because as always, north and south expressways will be packed up with holiday makers, before and when the holiday ends. Traffic will be surely be encountered on the roads … as usual!
Popular beaches like Cronulla, Manly, Bondi, Dee Why, Curl Curl, Palm beach and other beaches close to Sydney will be full with beach goers too and so we avoided them as well.
So here are the places where we celebrated the holiday, people here are not that much, it was in Wattamolla beach where we saw heaps of people enjoying the holiday.
Picnic area at Garie beach.
We arrived here early before ten in the morning, there were only ten cars parked, and one family was eating at a picnic table but moved out later. The area surrounding the parking area together with the picnic grounds is awesome, which is bounded by mountains and fronting the sea. It was cloudy with some drizzle and sea breeze was cold. The beach has big waves and not recommended for swimming but for surfing and fishing yet still was spectacular. Bushwalking is detailed in their website including bird watching and it was here where I saw big and small birds as well as feathers and remnants of dead birds, I don’t know why birds behaved that way here.
The rocky part of the beach.
The beach has spectacular rocky shore excellent for good photography and a nice sandy beach where kids could play on. At midday, cars kept on coming and people tried to look at empty spaces where they could have a nice picnic area.
A scenic view of the beach.
The beach seems to be in secluded area that’s perhaps the reason why two police cars were here patrolling the beach that day. The road leading to the beach is zigzagging and narrow, a two way road.
Wattalolla beach is a popular place because of its beach and fresh water lagoon, located in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney. Teenagers love to go here because of its waterfall, actually it is prohibited to dive from above the waterfall, and they even built a fence around it and put up warning signs of no diving but city councils can’t help it, teenagers still are there gleefully diving down.
There is also the beach for those who love the sea, watch waves big and small, swimming and fishing and the lagoon connects the river into it. Picnic grounds are available too, and it was full.
People enjoying Australia Day at Wattamolla’s picnic grounds.
While the rest of our friends went swimming I decided to go bushwalking. It was here where I encountered some flowers and plants that I haven’t seen before, and another stunning rocky river with awesome view. I can’t get any good photo of this place because of some teenagers (boys and girls) sun bathing on top of the rocks that dammed the water before falling right below.
Sea Cliff Bridge
The Sea Cliff Bridge
Before going back home, we passed by the Sea Cliff Bridge because some guys in our company haven’t seen the place yet. Again, there was no available parking area here, we finally got parked in a park about 800 metres away from the bridge.