Port Stephens – Nelsons Bay

The first place we stayed on our trip was Port Stephens. The aim of this stop was to do 7 dives over 2 days with targets such as nudibranchs, grey nurses, sunken ships and Port Jackson breeding grounds. Unfortunately we only managed to get in one dive which was off the shore at a place called Fly Point. Whilst an interesting dive we didnt turn up anything too extraordinary, except perhaps the spindle cowrie. Anyways the other dives will have to wait for another time. The first afternoon we got there the weather appeared clear at least until about 7:30, but this at least gave us time for a walk and me time for some photos.

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The above photo is from just behind our camp ground at Halifax Point (1ds, 17-40, f8, 1/125). This picture is looking towards the two headlands that make the opening into Jervis Bay. Both are of volcanic origin and the one that is clearly shown is called Yacaaba. Yacaba is 210m above sea level and that is all I can find out. Tomaree is the other headland which rises 120m. I have previously read Tomaree means “little brother” in the local Aboriginal dialect, but I cannot find where I would have read that.

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The next morning we decided to climb the mountain which was a lot of fun and gave fantastic views of the bay and the surrounds. The above photo (1ds, 17-40, f8, 1/320) was taken from a look out near the top looking back towards Halifax Point (the peninsula you can see).  These photos were both taken hand held which is unusual for me nowadays. We stayed another night and early in the morning we made our journey towards Hawks Nest.

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~ by adamrose on October 10, 2009.

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