Sunrise, Fingal Bay, NSW

by John Wilson February. 03, 2019 540 views

They say love is blind and I have certainly developed a blind spot for a place I love on the east coast of New South Wales - Fingal Bay.

Off fishing at sunrise to catch the high tide at Fingal Bay.

Off fishing at sunrise to catch the high tide at Fingal Bay.

Fingal Bay is not so far from Sydney, just 2-3 hours, but slightly off the beaten track and not quite as well known as many other places on the coast. I'm happy for it to stay that way - it is stunningly beautiful, at least in the eyes of this beholder.

Fingal Bay is not so far from Sydney, just 2-3 hours, but slightly off the beaten track and not quite as well known as many other places on the coast. I'm happy for it to stay that way - it is stunningly beautiful, at least in the eyes of this beholder.

I kept disturbing these seagulls feeding on what had washed up with the high tide - sorry guys!

I kept disturbing these seagulls feeding on what had washed up with the high tide - sorry guys!

A sunrise walk along the beach takes around 25 minutes each way along a perfect crescent of sand that eventually resolves into Shark Island, accessible by foot across a sand spit, but only at low tide.

A sunrise walk along the beach takes around 25 minutes each way along a perfect crescent of sand that eventually resolves into Shark Island, accessible by foot across a sand spit, but only at low tide.

We visit quite regularly but never grow tired of the walk, the views and the crystal clear waters.

We visit quite regularly but never grow tired of the walk, the views and the crystal clear waters.

The one discordant moment is when you reach the sand spit and a very blunt sign warns you what lies ahead. People unfortunately have drowned here so the sign is completely understandable and necessary.

The one discordant moment is when you reach the sand spit and a very blunt sign warns you what lies ahead. People unfortunately have drowned here so the sign is completely understandable and necessary.

And there's the sand spit. Looks easy to walk across to Shark Island, but once the tide turns apparently you can be in trouble with strong and swirling currents. Minutes before I took this shot there was a large pole left by someone standing up in the sand, swept away by a strong wave over the spit.

And there's the sand spit. Looks easy to walk across to Shark Island, but once the tide turns apparently you can be in trouble with strong and swirling currents. Minutes before I took this shot there was a large pole left by someone standing up in the sand, swept away by a strong wave over the spit.

To the north east are some old volcanic headlands and small islands that are protected areas for wildlife.

To the north east are some old volcanic headlands and small islands that are protected areas for wildlife.

I could have spent all day photographing the terns and seagulls.

I could have spent all day photographing the terns and seagulls.

Tyre marks presumably from the rangers checking for stragglers around the sand spit the evening before.

Tyre marks presumably from the rangers checking for stragglers around the sand spit the evening before.

On the way back I observed odd looking creatures that had washed up to shore with the seaweed. Here a sea slug - I guess there were a thousand of these on the shore.

On the way back I observed odd looking creatures that had washed up to shore with the seaweed. Here a sea slug - I guess there were a thousand of these on the shore.

There's all sorts of weird stuff on the sand. You feel you could almost serve up whatever the heck this is in a 5 star restaurant it looked so amazing.

There's all sorts of weird stuff on the sand. You feel you could almost serve up whatever the heck this is in a 5 star restaurant it looked so amazing.

Shark egg on the sand. No shortage of sharks in the area (as the name Shark Island would suggest). It's fine for swimming on the south end but I do tend to hear that Jaws music playing if I'm out there alone ...

Shark egg on the sand. No shortage of sharks in the area (as the name Shark Island would suggest). It's fine for swimming on the south end but I do tend to hear that Jaws music playing if I'm out there alone ...

Fingal Bay, a very special place on the coast of New South Wales.

Fingal Bay, a very special place on the coast of New South Wales.

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Camellia Staab 1 year ago

Beautiful captures!

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John Wilson Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year ago

Thanks very much!

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Heike 1 year ago

You are a lucky guy to have such a paradise nearby,  John. Beautiful pictures!

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John Wilson Replied to Heike 1 year ago

Thank you Heike, yes, very fortunate, and you're right, it is a kind of paradise, in my view anyway. Hope it stays that way!

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