Tomaree National Park hinterland walk

by John Wilson July. 25, 2020 465 views

I grabbed the chance for a coastal hinterland walk on a mild winter's day ahead of some wild weather.

Egg and bacon flowers - slightly silly name, lovely plant.

Egg and bacon flowers - slightly silly name, lovely plant.

The track from Fingal Bay to Little Rocky takes you across a variety of coastal hinterland environments. Here a kangaroo tail pops up amidst low coastal vegetation. I was actually trying to photograph the honeyeater - too late, he's darting out of frame to the middle right.

The track from Fingal Bay to Little Rocky takes you across a variety of coastal hinterland environments. Here a kangaroo tail pops up amidst low coastal vegetation. I was actually trying to photograph the honeyeater - too late, he's darting out of frame to the middle right.

It's a sandy track for much of the walk. This part of the New South Wales coast is known for its sand dunes. This is a fire access trail cut through the vegetation - not very environmentally sensitive but I guess necessary as destructive fires do come through these parts.

It's a sandy track for much of the walk. This part of the New South Wales coast is known for its sand dunes. This is a fire access trail cut through the vegetation - not very environmentally sensitive but I guess necessary as destructive fires do come through these parts.

Local wildflowers are just beginning to bloom. This pink wax is a favourite.

Local wildflowers are just beginning to bloom. This pink wax is a favourite.

In Australia you  generally look for the small, delicate details when it comes to the shy wildflowers ...

In Australia you generally look for the small, delicate details when it comes to the shy wildflowers ...

... except when they're ridiculously large, like these enormous lilies. Thousands of them on the track between Little Rocky and Fingal Bay in Tomaree National Park.

... except when they're ridiculously large, like these enormous lilies. Thousands of them on the track between Little Rocky and Fingal Bay in Tomaree National Park.

Tree fungus.

Tree fungus.

I can vouch from recent personal experience that these red bull ants really, really hurt! Think of a bee sting, then multiply by two.

I can vouch from recent personal experience that these red bull ants really, really hurt! Think of a bee sting, then multiply by two.

The track pops back out to the coast from time to time - here at Snapper Point, where fisherman are trying their luck - I guess for snapper.

The track pops back out to the coast from time to time - here at Snapper Point, where fisherman are trying their luck - I guess for snapper.

Glimpses of beautiful Fingal Bay from higher points on the track.

Glimpses of beautiful Fingal Bay from higher points on the track.

The path to the left is called the Oyster Shell Track.

The path to the left is called the Oyster Shell Track.

It's absolutely covered in oyster shells for hundreds of metres. I need to research why, as the track is high above the ocean and hundreds of metres inland.

It's absolutely covered in oyster shells for hundreds of metres. I need to research why, as the track is high above the ocean and hundreds of metres inland.

You can rely on plenty of banksias all seasons.

You can rely on plenty of banksias all seasons.

Coastal swamp with paperbark trees.

Coastal swamp with paperbark trees.

The destination, Little Rocky. Quite unusual for the New South Wales coast in that there is so much rock and so little sand. The clouds tell the story - there's some big weather on the way, so time to head back.

The destination, Little Rocky. Quite unusual for the New South Wales coast in that there is so much rock and so little sand. The clouds tell the story - there's some big weather on the way, so time to head back.

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G B 3 months, 4 weeks ago

nice close ups and beautiful landscapes!

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John Wilson Replied to G B 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Thanks very much!

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