Okay so I don't always get it right, 4th Jan - tonnes of mistakes!!
Ignore the following (in grey) and
read Emma's account for the accurate story...
We headed out for a drive today, mainly down
to some beaches. Australians love their beaches. On a weekend, or
straight after work there will be a mass exedous out of Sydney in
the direction of the water. There are a lot of beaches to choose
from as well, each with it's own special characteristics. From the
infamous Bondi - this is where all the 'Lily arsed Poms' ( a direct
quote from a local radio station) hang out, to the famous Palm Beach,
the last beach in sydney. Manly beach is a half-hour ferry trip
from circular quay and is at the start of a stretch of eleven beaches
that ends at Palm Beach.
We headed out North, past these to a completely
different set of beaches alltogether ( I can't unfortunately remember
any of their names - so you'll have to wait until I've found a map!
we drove out through Terrigal to Avoca before relaxing from
all that hectic sunbathing at Killcare beach). Needless to say,
it being Australia, the scenery was stunning, the sun incredibly
hot, the sea impossibly blue, the waves and surf perfectly formed,
the people lazing around on the beach honed and tanned. The only
thing that marred the picture was the ever present smog from the
bush fires still raging around the state.
Drive mainly up to some beaches. Palm Beach is the last beach up
north before you hit Pittwater which eventually turns into the Hawkesbury
River. We headed up to the northern beaches, but to get there, we
had to head a bit north-west and inland. Over the Harbour Bridge,
then up the freeway via Chatswood (where there is a huge ugly shopping
centre and another office working centre), then past some unusually
named suburbs along the Pacific Highway- Pymble, Turramurra, Wahroonga
where we turned right onto the freeway which took us to Gosford.
This is the freeway which eventually heads up to Newcastle, and
you can go all the way to Queensland (if you really want!).
We turned off the freeway to go to Gosford, drove through Gosford
(which is the main town in this area), headed toward Terrigal, stopped
off for a piccie, then drove to Avoca for lunch at a caff (cafe),
then got lost between Avoca and MacMasters Beach, got back on track
and drove along the road past Buddi National Park (couldn't get
into the Park to do the walk to Maitland Bay as the park was closed
from the fire bans), found a lookout point on the road just before
we got to Killcare - then went down to the beach at Killcare for
Then we headed back the same way (although we took the short route
back through Kincumber where there's basically nothing but shops
and a big RSL club).
A view down onto Avoca beach
You can normally see back to Sydney from this look- out point
at Killcare, but today you can only just make out the sea.