That entailed walking to a ferry, riding the ferry, and walking uptown to Martin Place, where the train would pass through, almost an hour after we got off the ferry.
Three flies in the ointment: trackwork being done which meant the last 60 km would be in a bus (that was fly number 1).
Fly number 2, you can see on the right: fog, that slowed the ferries right down, but we still made it, even though the fog ate half an hour of our discretionary time. We met Lyn and Warren, with whom we were walking, got the train at 09:29, and shortly after noon, we were on the road.
The track is about 6 km along, winding over open country close to cliffs that look out over the Tasman Sea (a branch office of the western Pacific).
Third fly: there is about 3 km of walking at each end, before you get to and from the designated track, but we were up for that.
I plan to let the pictures tell most of the story, with a few comments about the geology and biology of the area. For enthusiastic walkers, we started at noon, walked steadily, and got to Kiama station as night started to fall. From Kendall's Beach onwards, it was suburban walking, but if I did it again, I would go on an earlier train,
Gerringong War Memorial Hall: after the Great War, they brought in a law that allowed communities
to erect memorial halls which, because they were War Memorials, were tax-free.
|And these markers will help you relate the time stamps to distance. This is being done on the assumption that a few walkers|
will chance on this and need the raw data for their own sums. This is it.
The area is a weird mix of sedimentary rocks and volcanic flows (we will see more of that later) so the soil is rich, but a coastal fringe has been clawed back for the public.
The track is minimalist, apart from being slashed or mown, and there isn't much biology there.
But, the scenery is nice!
Keep in mind that this walk was done on May 12, in autumn, less than six weeks from mid-winter. In Australia, that's still walking time!
|Here is a section of the track. We are off!|
|Reminder: this is the east coast, so this is a view to the south with what they call|
a wave-cut platform. Second reminder: this is Australia, so the sun is to the north.
|A look north at a most peculiar pillar, 2 km from the start. More Research Needed!|
|A small remnant of the original rain forest hangs on grimly at 2.5 km. We walked|
inside to take a closer look at this fig. Those rocks are all volcanics of some sort.
|Like this one!|
|Another view of that pebbly beach. There would be interesting stuff down there|
for people who didn't need to get back to Sydney!
|Almost at half-way, now, looking back at the track behind us.|
|Going down to the beaches, though, calls for a degree of wariness. Past half-way, now.|
|What is it about me and pebbles???|
|One of the better platforms, and the track, following the cliff line.|
|Another view of the same bay: this is when date stamps come in handy!|
We have now completed 5 km, 1 km to go...
|See how far you can follow the track.|
These are most ungracious birds: they always sneak up behind you at a time when you don't have your camera out.
The wing span of an adult is ~190 cm, more than six feet, and they are found all around the Australian coast line.
When I got this shot, we were just at the end of the official track, but with quite a long trudge over rather poorer ground in places. The track is usually either clear enough or reasonably well signed, with one exception that I will come to.
|Looking back, the headland is composed of sandstone (the lighter rock) overlain by the Blowhole latite. On the right, the top of|
the sandstone goes below the sea.
|Around Kiama, where the rocks were on offer, the early farmers made dry-stone walls. Sensibly, somebody has built a stile here|
so Mr and Mrs Public don't damage the wall. On the right, there is barbed wire to underline the message. Good!
|I have always been fascinated by the way waves shape beaches and beaches shape waves.|
At this point, the track is hard to follow. Take the path west, downhill and uphill, then find a paved roadway, over to the left, go up to the street, and obey the Blowhole signs to get to Kiama. You turn tight at the road, right again at the end, and walk down into a turning circle. On the far side, there is a right-of-way, going over to the cliff edge.
|Once we were on that beach, we were in civilisation with concrete paths to follow.|
Not a bad day out for the middle of autumn!