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Welcome to the whales! Welcome to the Winter 2017 issue of the South Coaster. To celebrate the annual cetacean migration from May to November, we’ve compiled the ultimate spotter’s guide to seeing the whales by road, sea, air and on foot! Winter is also a great time to go bushwalking and discover stunning waterfalls. We love to share local knowledge – in this issue, South Coast authors reveal some of their favourite places. Visit us online at thesouthcoaster.com.au. Happy reading!

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Genevieve and Marcus, the Editors

EDITORS: Genevieve Swart, Marcus Craft

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DESIGN: youngwise design

Cover: Humpback breaching off Green Cape Lightstation, Ben Boyd National Park, thanks to NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service

05 Calendar Meet an artist, find festivals and fun runs 12 Food & drink Grand Pacific pit-stops, plus news bites 14 Cover feature Where to see the whales! 22 Recipe How to make mulled cider 23 Markets Where to shop for the finest fresh produce 24 Map Top 21 places to visit when you do the Loop 26 Adventure Authors pick their favourite spots 32 Waterfalls A day in the Royal National Park 38 Wine Three of the best Shoalhaven vineyards 41 Fashion Wollongong designer on winter trends 42 Dog-friendly Cafes, beaches, parks 43 Dr Rip Tides explained 46 Special offers! Coffees, spa treatments and more!

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Meet Our Contributors CATH HILL reviews the region’s cafes, bars and restaurants. An Illawarra resident, Cath works for the Communications and Media Law Association and was previously the Editor’s Assistant at Good Weekend magazine and The Bulletin. KERRY BOYD-SKINNER has been a journalist for more than 40 years with stints at many newspapers, including Fairfax’s Wollongong Advertiser, where he was the founding editor. For 15 years Kerry served as the Illawarra Mercury’s wine writer, tasting and reviewing thousands of wines. See page 38. THERESA LORD couples her love for the outdoors with writing and photography. Her passion developed, after travelling the globe in search of new hiking trails and wildlife to photograph. Follow her blog at thebeautyhiker.com Advertise in the Spring issue of the South Coaster! Book online by August 30 at thesouthcoaster.com.au

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CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER: Anthony Warry CONTACT: editor@ thesouthcoaster.com.au; phone 0411 025 910; PO Box 248, Helensburgh, 2508. ADVERTISING: From $43, see thesouthcoaster.com.au for rates, specifications and deadlines. Terms and conditions apply. DEADLINE: August 30 for Spring 2017 edition. DISTRIBUTION: The South Coaster is available at tourist hot spots, art galleries, cafes, libraries, B&Bs and information centres. Want to be one of our distribution points? Contact us via thesouthcoaster.com.au. PUBLISHER: The Word Bureau Pty Ltd (ABN 31 692 723 477) is an independent family publisher that also produces 2508 District News and 2515 Coast News. DISCLAIMER: All content and images remain South Coaster property unless otherwise supplied. No part of this mag may be reproduced without the publisher’s written permission. Views expressed in submissions and advertisements do not reflect those of the publishers. PRINTED BY: Spotpress on Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper from sustainable forests. PROUDLY A MEMBER OF: The Northern Illawarra Chamber of Commerce


ARTIST JOHN VANDER OF STANWELL PARK www.johnvander.com.au

John Vander and two of his popular works. Picnic by the River (top right) and View from the Hill.

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Possibly one of the most popular artists in NSW today, his work has been reproduced extensively in prints for many years and has attracted a large following among art collectors. Over the past 40 years, John has become a household name throughout Australia. Don’t miss the chance to view and buy one of his original paintings. Over the past 36 years, countless visitors to his gallery – Articles Fine Art Gallery – have had the great experience of meeting the artist himself.

The FINEST Gallery in the South OPEN 10am-5pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday and Public Holidays Situated on the lovely beach of Stanwell Park, the Gallery is a pleasant 30-minute drive from Wollongong and 60 minutes from Sydney. Artist John Vander and his wife Frances own “Articles”. The gallery features the works of well established and emerging artists as well as ceramics and sculptures, glass and homewares.

Details of works by: (left) David Brayshaw, (below) Gail Rutland Gillard.

Details of works by: (left) Ramon Ward Thompson, (below) James Hough.

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Best of Burgh The historic coalmining town of Helensburgh is home to a Hindu temple, a magical ‘glow worm’ tunnel and a world-famous zoo. An hour south of Sydney, Helensburgh is the historic gateway to the Illawarra and the Grand Pacific Drive. Its Sri Venkateswara Temple (SVT) is one of the most famous and popular Hindu temples in the southern hemisphere. Building work started in 1978 at this site, chosen according to Vedic principles (Agama Sastras) with five requirements: the site should be a virgin land, a forest, ideally on an island, with fresh water, and on a coastline. Today it is one of the region’s most popular attractions. Serving delicious vegetarian food, the canteen is open 10am-4pm (Sat/Sun and public holidays). 1300 626 663, www.svtsydney.org. MAGIC OF GLOW WORMS The ‘Burgh is home to several historic tunnels, including two abandoned when the railway line was duplicated in 1915. The best known is the Metropolitan rail tunnel, home to a stunning

colony of glow worms that light up the roof like the Milky Way. This tunnel was lost for years, but in 1995 members of Helensburgh Landcare and Helensburgh and District Historical Society drove excavations to uncover the entrance and original platform. Railway line has since been laid and the old Helensburgh station sign (dating from 1889) restored. After heavy rains, the area floods and locals paddle canoes in. The tunnel has been used as a location for weddings, professional photo shoots and ghost tours (despite a lack of any recorded deaths). It’s at the corner of Vera Street and Tunnel Road, near Helensburgh Station. www.historichelensburgh.org.au n Turn to page 10 for a feature on Helensburgh’s award-winning zoo, Symbio Wildlife Park.

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TUNNEL VISION “The combination of a historical subject and natural beauty makes for some wonderful photos. People try to capture the magic of the glow worms’ lights of a night,” says the Helensburgh Historical Society’s Merilyn House.


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Meet David Brayshaw at exhibition launch, from 2-4pm On June 17, join painter David Brayshaw for drinks and a chat to celebrate the launch of his Great Barrier Reef exhibition of works at Articles Fine Art Gallery. Born in Sydney in 1960, David studied an Associate Diploma of Fine Arts at Wollongong Institute and awards Vlasoff Cay, Bar r ie r R e e f has won Sand y Caymany Stud y R e fle c t i o ns,during Ta l l ow B e a c h the course Ti d a lof S u r vi vo r 76cm x 91cm oil 36cm x 26cm o i l 46c m x 56c m o i l 46c m x 56c m hisoillong and successful career. David’s Barrier Reef series – inspired by a desire to raise awareness of this precious and fragile environment – will be on show from June 16-July 2. Articles Fine Art Gallery is at 111 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Stanwell Park, phone (02) 4294 2491.

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Nowra Chilli and Chocolate Festival On Sunday, July 30, 9.30am-3.30pm at the Archer Racecourse, Nowra. Tantalise your tastebuds at this family-friendly food festival – you may sample everything from chocolate tea to chilli ginger beer, chilli relish and chilli brie. chillichocolatenowra.info

Anywhere Theatre Festival This festival of performance takes place “anywhere but a theatre”. Think drama in a lighthouse, dance in a swimming pool, cabaret in a cafe and more. The festival is coming to Wollongong this winter, with a hub in the heart of the city, at the Arts Precinct on Burelli Street, August 26-27, from noon-6pm. Festival goers can expect circus playgrounds, cardboard theatres, bite-sized comedy circus shows, mini Spiegeltents and live music. Visit anywheretheatre.com

terrific exercise route, with waves crashing beneath while you pound the pavement. Boost your run: start at the top of Coalcliff near the train station then continue to the park across from Clifton School of Arts. Approx 5km return. l Sandon Point Park Run: every Saturday at 8am for a free 5km timed run from Bulli SLSC. Register at www.parkrun.com.au/ sandonpoint l July 23: Kiama Coastal Classic. Run past rolling green hills, rugged coastline and a South Coast icon: the Kiama Blowhole. www. eliteenergy.com.au/event/ kiama-coastal-classic/ l July 30: Mountain To Mountain Challenge, 13.6km, from the base of Mt Keira to the heights of Mt Kembla. Your reward: stunning escarpment and coastal views of Wollongong. www. m2mchallenge.com.au. l August 20: Woronora Dam Pipeline Trail Run, 10km to 20km scenic trail run, www. woronoradamtrailrun.com l August 20: Husky Half Running Festival, with a flat, fast course on the scenic shores of Jervis Bay.

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Stanwell Park Stanwell Park is the first seaside village on the NSW South Coast. It is famous as the home of 19th-century aviation pioneer Lawrence Hargrave, whose experiments with box kites on Stanwell Park Beach were instrumental in the development of human flight. It’s still a popular recreational flight spot – paragliders and hang gliders take off from Bald Hill to enjoy panoramic views along the coast before swooping down to land at the beach. In the colonial era, Stanwell Park was the abode of a gang of bush rangers, led by arch villain ‘Wolloo Jack’. Today the village is a more peaceful spot, home to a creative community including artists, filmmakers and authors. It gets busy on weekends when families, surfers, dog walkers and fishermen come out to play. Accommodation is in guesthouses, such as Ocean Blue B&B and Fernleigh Cottage. Stanwell Park has no supermarket, petrol station or pharmacy. It does, however, have enough cafes to sample a different one each day of the week. Local school children love the gelato at Uluwatu Blue. The Beachside Reserve has a marvellous children’s playground, with climbing frames, scooter track and sea views. It also has barbecue areas and vast lawns for picnicking or impromptu soccer. Swimmers should take care as the beach is known for its shore dumps, drop-offs and dangerous currents. In a sunny courtyard with escarpment views, the Palms Cafe is a superb spot for coffee, brunch or lunch. Afterwards, enjoy a browse at Boho Chic Boutique and Articles Fine Art Gallery, owned by local painter John Vander and his wife, Frances.

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1. Fly: Take off at Bald Hill, land on Stanwell Park beach. 2. Shop: Visit Articles Fine Art Gallery, Boho Chic and the Palms Cafe. 3. Picnic: Enjoy the playground, barbecues and lawn at Stanwell Park Beach Reserve 4. Beach: Go fishing, surfing or walk the dog. Swim only between the flags. 5. Scenic bush walk: Join the circular 6.5km Wodi Wodi Track at the station and hike uphill for terrific sea views.

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Thirroul There’s a buzz about the seaside village of Thirroul. Possibly because it’s fuelled by caffeine. Thirroul’s coffee obsession has resulted in about a dozen flourishing cafes in a town home to only about 5600 people. Other reasons to stop here include eclectic boutiques and homewares stores. For vintage treasure hunters, there are a four options along Lawrence Hargrave Drive: Thirroul Antique Centre, Now and Then Collectables, the Mission Australia op shop and Retro Wombat. The historic town takes its name from the Thurrural Aboriginal people who lived here. Translated, it means “the place or valley of the cabbage tree palms” (not many now remain).

Thirroul’s iconic building is the old Kings Theatre, now Anita’s Theatre. Built in 1912 it was once an open-air theatre with a canvas roof and still hosts gigs and film nights. Young children will love Thirroul’s big beachside playground (especially the climbing ropes, scooter track and flying fox). There is also a free saltwater pool on Bath Street, beside the beach, open daily 6am-7pm. Thirroul Beach is a long, stunning stretch of sand. It’s heaps of fun for swimmers, surfers and bodyboarders. And, of course, you can enjoy a fine coffee! Kick back at Thirroul Beach Pavilion, where tables overlook the ocean.

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OUT & ABOUT IN THIRROUL 1. Horizon Credit Union 2. See Side Optical 3. Anita’s Theatre 4. Cocoon 5. Egg & Dart Art Gallery 6. Crust Pizza 7. Palms Body Clinic 8. Thirroul Pool 9. Ibah Thirroul 10. IGA Supermarket


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Shop 2, 357 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul 2515 Monday to Friday 9.30 – 5.30 Saturday 9.30 – 4.30 Sunday 10.00 – 4.00

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CRUST PIZZA MAKES EVERYDAY MOMENTS MORE DELIGHTFUL, WE COOK ALL OUR CHICKEN AND LAMB FRESH ONSITE AND ALSO HAVE VEGETARIAN, VEGAN AND GLUTEN FREE PIZZAS OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK FROM 5PM WEEKDAYS AND FROM 12PM FOR LUNCH ON WEEKENDS. SHOP 3, 271 LAWRENCE HARGRAVE DRIVE THIRROUL PH: 4267 1700 (NEXT TO IGA)

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Fun at the Farmyard There's so much to love at Helensburgh's award-winning zoo.

Photos: Kevin Fallon / Symbio Wildlife Park

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The new Symbio Farmyard is one of the largest precincts of its kind in Australasia. It includes two large barns covering 700 square metres, a chicken coop the size of a three-car garage, and expansive grounds where visitors may feed the animals. General manager Matt Radnidge reckons what sets Symbio apart from other zoos is that it offers visitors an immersive experience. “We get consistent feedback about the interactive side of Symbio; how close you feel and how close you can get to a lot of the animals – really close, intimate encounters,” he said. Matt – pictured above, with his nieces Isabelle and Lara Aldred – had a chat with The South Coaster.

Who designed and built the farmyard? The Symbio team. We have been talking about doing a farmyard project for over five years and have collaborated on what that may look like. What animals call it home? All of the farmyard favourites are in there, including baby lambs and kid goats, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, ducklings etc. It's a multi-purpose facility that allows us to house a few other animals as required – such as baby emus and joey kangaroos that we are hand raising. What activities are there for children? Interaction is our key focus within the farmyard,


What veggies are you growing? We started with some really simple things, like assorted greens, celery, tomatoes, corn etc, which are fed to the animals, and some of it makes it onto staff dinner tables.We aim to host workshops that will allow visitors to gain an insight into growing produce, how to compost, worm farm etc. We will definitely get our Junior Keeper Camp program involved in some of the planting and harvesting activities.

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Where will baby animals go when they grow up? We aim to set up some reciprocal advantage relationships with farmers where we can return the animals as they grow, and replace with new babies. We may also offer some animals to the public as pets, such as laying chickens for homes to provide their own eggs, or rabbits and guinea pigs as companion animals. We are very conscious of ensuring a suitable home is provided, so all animals will go with relevant care sheets.

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with lots of feeding and petting opportunities. We aim to have additional experiences such as milking demonstrations, billy tea and damper, and Happy Snap photo memories.

Tell us about your sustainability initiatives. The vision was to create one of the most dynamic and integrated sustainability projects out there, something that was powered by solar power, was totally self-sufficient with rainwater, and gave the public many examples of how they can live a more sustainable life, even in a very small way, which most of the time is a great family activity, and saves you money!

Symbio is open daily, 9.30am-5pm. Junior Keeper Camps, for ages 7 to 12, are on in school holidays, call (02) 4294 1244. Symbio Wildlife Park.

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If you’re looking to get up close and personal with all your favourite Australiana and exotic animals, head on out to Symbio Wildlife Park. Feed kangaroos, cuddle up next to a koala, come face-to-face with tigers and cheetahs, or fall in love with our adorable red pandas, ring-tailed lemurs, monkeys and more.

WWW.SYMBIOZOO.COM.AU • 7-11 LAWRENCE HARGRAVE DRIVE, HELENSBURGH NSW 2508

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BALD HILL The Flying High Cafe This hole-in-the-wall cafe is the permanent partner of the famous Bald Hill Ice Cream Van. The Flying High Cafe serves freshly made sandwiches, fish and chips, pulled pork and beef ‘Gliders’, and Flying High Burgers. Baristas whip up a great King Carlos coffee, which you can enjoy with a glorious view of the Sea Cliff Coast. Multitask, holiday style – sip on a coffee and watch for whales! Bald Hill Lookout Reserve, Bald Hill. 9am-5pm (Mon-Fri); 8am-6pm (Sat & Sun). STANWELL PARK The Palms Cafe Jo and Ian Draper have brought their experience of working at a Napa Valley vineyard in California to bear at the Palms, which is now 14 years old, and remains a popular brunch and lunch venue for locals and visitors. A changing specials board allows chefs to get creative with seasonal dishes such as John Dory, black mussel and corn chowder with garlic toast (pictured). Palm trees line the grassy verge and the sunny courtyard has escarpment views. A mug of flat white here is just the kickstart your holiday needs. 111 Lawrence Hargrave Drive. Stanwell Park. Thurs-Mon 9am-4pm, (02) 4294 3371. WOMBARRA The Black Duck at the Bowlo Locals love ‘The Bowlo’. The views of the ocean and escarpment are amazing and the largely untouched club – refreshing in a renovated world – has a relaxed and authentic charm. President Marton Fox reckons the Black Duck restaurant is the “best Oz and Thai bistro on the coast”. We agree. Scarborough-Wombarra Bowling Club, 578 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Wombarra (02) 4267 2139, bowlo.com.au

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COLEDALE Earth Walker & Co Cafe Earth Walker & Co's cafe is a little slice of heaven. Think sustainable, organic, locally sourced produce, friendly service and decor so lovely you'll want to run across the road to their homewares store, Fifty 5 Parrots, to see if you can buy the furniture. Coffee comes from locals Drumroll Coffee Roasters and milk is Country Valley from the Fairley farm at Picton. Freshly baked muffins are another local delight. 749 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Coledale, daily, 6am-4pm, (02) 4268 4422. THIRROUL Thirroul Beach Pavilion The outdoor tables are the perfect spot to watch the rolling surf and passing parade. A well-pitched menu has choices to suit all. We enjoyed the Atlantic salmon with beetroot puree, watercress, shaved fennel and orange salad, quinoa and salsa verde. Sunset cocktails are served 4-6pm. 23 Cliff Parade, Thirroul, open from 7am daily, (02) 4268 2336. Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar Crust turns it up a notch using quality ingredients and creative combinations. The most popular pizza is the peri peri chicken, with marinated chicken breasts, shallots, roasted capsicum, caramelised onion and bocconcini. It’s very tasty with a manageable kick. You can pick up in store or order via the Crust app, then have it delivered. Shop 6, 271-273 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul, (02) 4267 1700. HELENSBURGH Tradies Helensburgh Eating out with children can be difficult. Tradies makes it easy for families, with a big, gated outdoor playground and ‘Max’s World’, a supervised indoor play area. The Flame Tree Grill is a great casual dining restaurant with views over sports fields to bushland. Tradies has live music on weekends. 30 Boomerang St, Helensburgh, (02) 4294 112


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the normal menu). Thirroul’s south side is revitalised with exciting new eateries, long lunches and drinking holes. Newcomers often bemoan the lack of sushi in the area but no more! There is an encouraging sign, “Toro Sushi” next to Kings Chargrill Chicken. Stay tuned for developments! Get together with six or more friends for Samuels Restaurant’s (382 Lawrence Hargrave Drive) “Bellini girl’s long lunch”. On the first Saturday of the month, the session includes three hours of bottomless Bellini sparkling wine cocktails and small dishes for $70 per person. New in June, Lou and Bobby’s Deli, Cafe and Bar (368-370 Lawrence Hargrave Drive) is near liquor licence approval to become Thirroul’s latest wine bar. Pick up small deli goods and enjoy the cafe in the meantime. Newcomer Two Mountains Merchants cafe (364 Lawrence Hargrave Drive) will replace The Shack near Thirroul Library. Menu plans include all-day brunches, cakes and soups over winter.

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There was a collective cheer from Stanwell Parkers when 16 Feet Espresso cafe (91a Lawrence Hargrave Drive) got their liquor licence. Friday evening socialising is back with a menu by new chef, Tanya Avanus, and live music nights too. Outdoor heaters will keep you cosy. Stanwell Park’s old corner fish and chip shop has been lovingly restored as The Stanny Food and Coffee Co (Shop 1, 91a Lawrence Hargrave Drive). Grab a hearty breakfast, trusty fish and chips or a burger. We look forward to takeaway dinners in the future, with plans to open on Friday and Saturday nights too. Helensburgh has some new dining options too with Alcara Caffe e Ristorante (5/115 Parkes Street) hosting a traditional Italian menu on fortnightly Friday nights and on Thursdays Raya Thai (4/115-119 Parkes Street) will serve a special Asian street food menu (in addition to

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Whales in the wild

The Whale Trail “Your ultimate guide to the annual migration”

Whether you want to do it from the sea or the shore, or even by air, the South Coaster has all your bases covered.

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National Parks make up almost half of the NSW coastline, so for some of the best whalewatching vantage points, lace up your walking boots and head into the wild. Here NSW National Parks’ experts share some of the best spots to catch a glimpse of the giants.

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Montague Island Lighthouse, Montague Island Nature Reserve Montague Island walking track reveals the lighthouse against a dramatic island backdrop. The walk leads past penguin breeding boxes, and whales, dolphins, seals and migratory birds are all regular visitors – Montague Island Nature Reserve is a wildlife lover’s paradise. Make a weekend of it and stay at the incredible Montague Island Lighthouse Cottages. “During the humpback whale migration, Montague Island Nature Reserve offers vantage points where you can experience a 360-degree view of whale activity. There are very few locations in Australia that can rival that experience!” – Ian Kerr, Area Operations Coordinator, South Coast

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Green Cape Lightstation, Ben Boyd National Park No wrap-up of whale watching is complete without Eden. On the far south coast of NSW, it is home to the Davidson Whaling Historic Site. The Green Cape Lightstation at nearby Ben Boyd National Park is a historic site built in 1883 and perched on the edge of the peninsula. Take a tour to explore the lightstation and see passing whales. For a unique experience, wake up with the whales and stay at the Green Cape Lightstation Keeper's Cottages. “Most amazing sight off Green Cape was the day we had a pod of humpback whales (three to four) animals turning tight circles just off the rocks on the point of Green Cape. They were feeding at the time so there was a lot of activity very close to shore. “There were also dolphins getting in on the action and they were leaping over the whales and swimming amongst them feeding off the same thing, probably a school of bait fish. “In addition to all this excitement, there were a mob of seals in amongst the action, sea eagles


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Murramarang National Park With 44km of dramatic coastline near Batemans Bay, this is a great spot to explore the cliffs, headlands and pristine beaches of the South Coast. Head to Mystery Bay or Snapper Point lookout to spot migrating whales, and enjoy a weekend getaway by staying at Depot Beach or Pretty Beach cabins. “Snapper Point and North Head in Murramarang NP are great for whale watching! As is Meroo Head Lookout. I remember sitting with a bunch of people at one of the lookouts... “We were waiting, waiting, waiting for any sign of whales. We were scanning the horizon, searching for a blow or a tail slap. After about two hours of no signs, a car pulled up and two elderly people got out and said, ‘Hi, we have never seen a whale in the wild, what time do they come out?’ We all just laughed and looked at each other and thought “Rookies” until someone shouted, ‘Whale!’ “Just then a large humpback whale travelling north split the surface and breached four times right in front of us. The elderly couple said ‘Oh, that’s great’, jumped back in their car and drove off. “If only whale watching from the coast was always that easy! Often you have to wait some time to see anything. But that is all part of what makes it so exiting when you do!” – Michael Jarman, Project Officer, South Coast

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Meroo National Park Located between Ulladulla and Batemans Bay, this national park has great vantage points for whale watching – don’t miss the panoramic coastal views from Meroo Head lookout, or follow the walking track to Nuggan Point.

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Eurobodalla National Park South of Narooma, this park offers plenty of lookouts and headlands for whale viewing. Visitors keen to explore the area on foot can set out on the Bingi Dreaming Track, a 14km walk along the coast south from Congo to Tuross Head. “Eurobodalla National Park is full of excellent vantage points for viewing whales! I have

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collecting fish and gannets diving into the melee as well. This went on for a good half an hour before the frenzy broke up.” – Craig Dickmann, Ranger (Neighbour Relations), South Coast

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seen Southern Right and Humpback whales feeding 50m to 200m from the shore in several locations. I have also seen killer whales from Montague Island – quite the experience.” – Helen Hayward, Team Leader, South Coast Branch, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

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Mimosa Rocks National Park For a view you’ll never forget, head to Bunga Head in Mimosa Rocks National Park for sunrise, then take a short walk to Wajurda Point and relax on the rocks as you look out for whales. The lookout at North Tura, just south in Bournda National Park, is also a great vantage point to spot the majestic animals on their journey.

WHERE TO STAY Want fabulous ocean views? Try the heritagelisted Montague Island Lighthouse Keeper's Cottages or the Green Cape Lightstation Keeper’s Cottages. Looking for something family friendly and affordable? Check out Pretty Beach campground and cabins; Depot Beach campground and cabins; and Pebbly Beach Shacks in the secluded coastal rainforest of Murramarang National Park. (Pebbly Beach is also famous for its ‘surfing’ kangaroos.) NSW National Parks is offering special winter deals on accommodation (for example, stay 3 nights for the price of 2). For rates and bookings, go to www.wildaboutwhales.com.au. Thank you to NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service for providing information and photography for this article. For more about whales, the latest sightings or to share your own photos, visit www.wildaboutwhales. com.au or download the free Wild About Whales mobile app.

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Jervis Bay is famous as the place where all the tourist cliches come true. The bushland is unspoilt, the water is crystal-clear and the beaches really do have the whitest sand (said the Guinness Book of Records). With a thriving boat tour industry operating from Huskisson village, it is a prime spot for whale watching. Two locations on the northern peninsula are well-known for whale sightings: Bull Hole lookout and Hammerhead Point. On the southern side is Booderee National Park, owned by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community. ‘Booderee’ comes from the Dhurga language – the word means ‘bay of plenty’ or ‘plenty of fish’. Whale watchers should pack binoculars and head to the ruined lighthouse at Cape St George. The park has three lovely camp sites: Greenpatch, Bristol Point and Cave Beach. More information: www.booderee.gov.au CRUISING FOR CLOSE ENCOUNTERS It’s a sunny winter’s day when the South Coaster team sets sail to see the whales. Our family party is relaxed – the kids have already ticked off their cruise photos in Huskisson village. In the grand Australian tradition of ‘Big Things’ – the most famous of which is Coffs Harbour’s Big Banana, of course – shops on Huskisson’s main street

advertise with big statues of sea creatures that are hugely popular with small children. Just on the walk to the dock, the kids have posed with a smiling dolphin, a diving whale and a fur seal. At ages eight and six, they’re not sure why we still need to get on a boat. On board Jervis Bay Wild’s Port Venture, an 18.5m catamaran, passengers congregate on the fore deck, one of five “viewing levels”. “It’s like being on a trampoline,” our youngest says happily, as we motor gently through the sheltered waters of Jervis Bay. As we cruise, the crew provides expert commentary: Jervis Bay is home to a resident pod of about 90 dolphins, a colony of penguins, fur seals and more. June to August is peak season to catch the whales heading north; October is peak season to catch mothers and calves on their more leisurely swim south. Heading north, whales are more likely to swim straight past the heads; heading south, they’re may stay longer in the bay so the young ones can feed and grow – they’ll need that layer of blubber before heading into Antarctic waters. Within about five minutes of being out in the open ocean, two humpbacks are spied dipping in and out. There are no wild breaches, they’re conserving their energy for the journey. A flick of a tail and they dive – disappearing for about three minutes at a time. It’s a nice lesson in


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WHY Whales meet their need for food and calving areas by travelling long distances from cold feeding areas to warm, shallower waters for calving and mating. WHALE SPECIES Humpback and southern right whales are the most commonly sighted whales along the NSW coastline. Minke whales and orcas are also occasionally seen.

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1. Huskisson; 2. Hammerhead Point; 3. Bull Hole lookout; 4. Booderee NP; 5. Cape St George. perspective for the kids, remembering a line from Julia Donaldson’s much-loved picture book, The Snail and the Whale, where she says to the whale, “I feel so small.” Sadly, they’re past musing on the metaphysical. Spray drenches the deck, drops fall like white fireworks and the trampoline motion is increasingly apparent. But before it can end in tears, we cruise back into the bay. And a dolphin zigzags joyfully ahead all the way home. Mission accomplished. Highlight: Awe. Possible downer: Sea sickness. Book boat tours: www.jervisbaywild. com.au, www.jervisbaywhales.com.au

HISTORY Whales have graced the planet for more than 50 million years. Complex, often sociable and intelligent creatures, they live in all oceans and capture our imagination like few other animals. Whales developed from land mammals that lived in warm salty waters about 55 million years ago. They belong to the order of animals called Cetacea, which also includes dolphins and porpoises. There are two different types of whales: toothed whales (odontoceti) and baleen whales (mysticeti). BRAIN POWER Recent research has shown that dolphins are second only to humans in intelligence. The degree of intelligence of other cetaceans, such as whales and porpoises, has not yet been determined. However, their sophisticated behaviour and ability to learn suggest they have a capacity for complex thinking. Thanks to NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service for providing this information. Learn more about whales at www.wildaboutwhales.com.au

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Whales on tour Touring the Grand Pacific Drive? Bald Hill, Sea Cliff Bridge and Blowhole Point are The South Coaster’s top three stops for whale watching.

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Bald Hill For the best views of the South Coast and the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge, go to Bald Hill. The tree-free – aka ‘bald’ – hill just south of the Royal National Park is a great look-out point. Motorists, bikers and cyclists all like to pull in for photos and the grassy hillside is a launch pad for paragliders and hanggliders. Q&A WITH CHRIS BOYCE, OF SYDNEY HANG GLIDING CENTRE What’s the appeal of hang gliding? The word that comes to mind is freedom – plus what a great way to see the world from a completely different perspective. Yep, it’s literally a bird’s eye view. We fly from world-famous Bald Hill at Stanwell Park. We are airborne for 25 to 30

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minutes, soaring along the spectacular Illawarra escarpment and land on the beach at Stanwell Park. As you are flying with an experienced instructor, this is ideal for someone who has not been hang gliding before. The minimum age is 14 years and maximum weight restriction is 95kg. Fitness is not important unless you are learning to fly. Seen any whales lately? Yes, a double treat – whale watching AND hang gliding at the same time. 0400 258 258, www.hanggliding.com.au


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Sea Cliff Bridge The iconic Sea Cliff Bridge is an engineering marvel, one of the Grand Pacific Drive’s true highlights. This towering, 665-metre-long structure opened in December 2005 and gives visitors the opportunity to take plenty of photos of the amazing scenery and to walk, ride or drive the bridge. It also makes a fantastic viewing platform for whale watchers during the migration season from May to November. Park at either end, at Coalcliff or Clifton. Buses also travel the route. Or book a Harley tour at JustCruisinTours.com.au. More info: www.grandpacificdrive. com.au

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Blowhole Point, Kiama This rugged headland is a super spot to relax, picnic and scan the sea for spouts. But the big ‘blow’ you’re guaranteed to see comes courtesy of a geological phenomenon. With sea water exploding up through a sea cave, Kiama’s famous Blowhole shoots water 20m or more into the air every few minutes, putting any passing humpbacks in the shade. The resulting sea spray and rainbows are will keep photographers happy. Another attraction is Blowhole Point’s active lighthouse, established in 1887. Want to escape the hordes? Take a stroll north or south along the Coast Walk. Blowhole Point is roughly midway on the Kiama Coast Walk, a 22km track that begins at the Minnamurra River mouth and ends at Werri Beach in Gerringong. More info: go to kiama.com.au to download a Coast Walk map.

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You deserve a golfing break. John Towns, of Tradies Helensburgh Social Golf Club, picks four top-quality courses – listed here in no particular order of preference – that are just waiting for you to play them.

For most golfers the game is not about a swing like Adam Scott or a putting game like Rory McIlroy. However, when the mind does wander back to the time when that six iron shot on a tough par three landed inches from the hole, even if it was back in ’86, you feel like a ‘pro’ and it proves the memory is still working OK. It’s about the camaraderie and the mates you have developed over many years of hacking your way out of that impossible bunker, or the shot out of the trees where the ball always ends up behind the biggest pine tree. Unlike some other sports for which you need to be built like a Greek god or be able to run the 100m in 9.76 seconds, this is a sport you can learn in school, develop throughout your life and well into retirement. Your style will evolve from that of a hard-hitting young player to that of a mature sportsman with finesse and cunning, allowing you to enjoy the sport and lifelong friendships born of the greatest game on earth. As a golfer you develop a liking for a range of golf courses for many different reasons. My favourite courses include:

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Boomerang Golf Course

The home course for our Tradies Sports and Social Golf Club where we battle it out for the chance to collect the bragging rights for the month. With a slope rating of a respectable 112, and a lightly undulating course, this is perfect for mature exponents of the ancient art. The outof-bounds areas are usually well protected by the resident black snake and it always pays to donate a ball to the golfing gods usually residing in the dam on the short par3 on the 7th.

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Russell Vale Golf Course

A course I play on a weekly basis in their regular championships. A shorter course with a slope rating of 93 and treacherous greens which allows you to putt on and off the greens with very little control over the result. However all is not lost, while waiting for your turn to tee-off the view over the northern

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suburbs and out to sea will allow your nerves to settle before the next shot. An amazing team of social members guarantees that a piece of homemade cake or slice is available to the players on the 19th. This is one of the best-run clubs I have had the pleasure to be a member of.

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Calderwood Golf Course

I play here several times a year with Vets and Probus groups. A public course with a relaxed atmosphere and open fairways that allow the average golfer with a natural slice to be able to recover without too much damage to the score. The breathtaking surrounds feature the rugged Illawarra escarpment as a backdrop. The soft, easy flowing greens allow the players to attack the pin and keep the score under control.

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Kangaroo Valley

An excellent course for our yearly weekend away excursion. Originally designed by Jack Newton, the course is challenging with its diverse terrain and water hazards. The overnight accommodation with spectacular views of the course is excellent with dinner and breakfast included in the package if required, or dinner at the local pub is always a great night. With a slope rating of 135, carts are essential for a two-day event. This also allows players the extra glass of port to clear the system on the second day. Please note: There are many other golf courses I would love to play, from Stonecutters Ridge, the venue for the Australian open, the sand belt in Victoria to those public courses in small country towns, each one with their own challenges and unique beauty. I’m always looking forward to the tee shot that lands next to the hole, or that long putt that seems destined to drop into the cup and the feeling that keeps bringing you back to that next game.

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Make mulled cider Glenbernie Orchard’s Jo Fahey shares a recipe to warm the heart. Breaking out the crockpot for mulled cider in winter is one of those domestic activities that warms the heart and makes a house a home. Here are my six tips to building a better brew: 1. USE CIDER MADE FROM 100% FRESH CRUSHED APPLE JUICE (AUSSIE PREFERABLY!) Great mulled cider begins with great cider. It should smell and taste rich and sweet, like an apple pie cooling in the farmhouse of an apple orchard, with just enough acidity to balance out the sweetness. Dry ciders can be used for mulling, but may need a touch of added sugar or honey. Use non-alcoholic cider or fresh apple juice if wishing to make a non-alcoholic version. 2. MAKE YOUR OWN SPICE MIX Don’t use pre-packaged mulling kits; the spices are often dull on the palate. Besides, selecting and playing with the blend is half the fun. 3. USE APPLE-FRIENDLY SPICES Spices bring out the natural flavours in apples. • Cinnamon, for sweetness and spice • Clove, to restore some of the depth and body thinned out by mulling • Cardamom, for its floral perfume (Never had it with apples? Trust me, it works) • Coriander, for its musky-citrus flavour • Star anise, for the faint touch of licorice in some apple varieties • Vanilla Pod, for a little sweet nuance Customise your blend, but remember apples are hero! Lemon zest will add tartness. For an added kick, try a teaspoon of grated ginger. 4. TOAST YOUR SPICES, KEEP THEM WHOLE Avoid grinding the spices. Filtering out the ground bits is a pain. Cider can be left to steep for hours, which is plenty of time to leach flavour from whole spices. Grinding spices provides bolder flavours in less time, but at the expense of nuance. Cardamom and coriander, for

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example, just taste more like themselves when left whole. I do toast my spices first to excite their essential oils. 5. ADD SOME BUZZ A nip of alcohol added shortly before service makes the spicy, fruity aromas you’ve worked so hard to develop come out all the more. Slivovitz, a type of plum brandy, marries the cider’s flavours well. Any apple-friendly liquor will do. A tablespoon is all you need, don’t go overboard! 6. TOOLS TO USE Use an electric slow cooker, and you can forget about the cider for hours while it stews away. Ingredients: 1 litre apple cider 3 sticks cinnamon 5 cloves 4 cardamom pods, pressed until just cracked ¼ teaspoon coriander seed ½ star anise 1 vanilla pod 1 tablespoon brandy (optional) Honey or sugar to taste, if needed A fresh whole apple and slices of orange or lemon to taste Method: Turn slow cooker to low and begin to warm the cider. Heat a small frypan and add spices. Toast, stirring frequently, until fragrant and coriander seeds begin to darken. Transfer to a spice bag or add loose to the cider in your cooker. Cover and let the cider cook slowly for about 4 hours, or until spice is well infused. Ten minutes before serving, add brandy. Add sugar or honey in a rounded teaspoon at a time, if cider is too tart (sugar will bring out flavour of spices if needed). Serve plain, or with a slice of lemon, extra brandy, or a small grating of nutmeg. Some people remove the spices if keeping warm for extended periods.


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Thirroul nutritionist, wellness coach and food writer Stephanie Meades picks her top three fresh food markets.

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Foragers Market, Bulli, Sundays 9am-2pm, at Bulli Showground My pick for fresh food is Bulli’s Foragers Market. It has a huge variety of stalls run by locals who source produce from farmers in NSW and ACT. My staples always include fruit and vegetables from Margin’s Mushrooms, who source all produce locally; a kombucha tea or two from Mr Kombucha; raw treats from Raw Vibes or Raw Obsessions; and a sherbet lemonade from Juicing By Colours. It is seriously good.

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Friday Forage, Wollongong, Fridays, 9am-3pm, Crown St Mall, Wollongong Lining the lower end of Crown Street Mall on Fridays are fresh produce stalls where you can pick up seasonal delights such as punnets of summer berries, stone fruit and veggies. My favourite is the fresh herbs and seedlings stall. They are only there every second week, but the seedlings’ quality is amazing. I also love the 74 Albert St Bakery stall, which sells freshly baked sourdough. Peppercreek Farm’s stall stocks raw treats and the best green matcha energy drink.

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Kiama Farmers’ Market Wednesdays, 3-6pm at Black Beach The markets are at Black Beach, on the foreshore of Kiama Harbour, and provide a wonderful selection of produce sold directly to you by the farmer or maker. Along with inseason fruit and veggies, find seafood, beef, raw honey, eggs, milk, gelato, flowers, cider, wine, sourdough bread, spices, coffee, plants, olives and olive oil, street food – and lots more! My favourite is Buena Vista’s seasonal produce stall. I also love the dairy from The Pines. Afterwards, enjoy a swim or picnic on the beach.

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Writers' retreats We asked three authors of bestselling books for their favourite spots on the South Coast.

Chris Allen Thriller writer Chris Allen left an action-packed career in the Australian military – he was a paratrooper – to tackle a life-long dream to write action-packed fiction for a living. With five top-selling books published and another on the way, he's carving a spy niche all of his own in the global market. "Recently my wife and I made the decision to relocate our lives down here [Gerringong] on the south coast and we feel so lucky that we pinch ourselves almost everyday for having made the move," Chris Allen tells The South Coaster. "What we’ve found is that the South Coast is much more than just a lifestyle choice, it’s the feeling of community we’ve discovered here that has really put the icing on the cake. "Our two boys are just starting out in their school years and so the simple things in life are what’s making all the difference for our family. We’re blessed with the best neighbours you could ever hope for, so a great deal of our time – when it’s warm – is spent outside chatting, sharing a beer or a glass of wine with our new friends over a barbecue that’s been dragged out into a driveway, while all the kids play on their bikes and scooters or kick around a footy. "We’re walking distance to the beach and we have an unrestricted view of the escarpment. The mooing of cows from a nearby farm sets the scene. It’s absolute paradise. Community is everything here. "My days of jumping out of a C-130 Hercules or abseiling from a helicopter are well behind me now, so our adventure pursuits are much more configured towards things that are suitable for our boys. Need to start them off early!"

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KANGAROO VALLEY: Canoeing in Kangaroo Valley – Glenmack Park: Who wouldn’t enjoy a canoeing adventure in Kangaroo Valley? There is some absolutely incredible scenery along the way – rainforest, wildlife, Tallowa Dam, Shoalhaven Gorge, Hampden Bridge, riding the rapids with the bush towering above you on both sides, clambering over rocks along the banks. Great family fun and a never-to-be forgotten experience.

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ILLAWARRA FLY TREE TOP ADVENTURES: This is a great day out for everyone. The kids get a real buzz out of the bushwalks, reading all the wildlife information along the way. Once you reach the treetop walk you enjoy the most spectacular views of the surrounding countryside – basically for as far as the eye can see. And don’t forget the Zipline tours!

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"In my Alex Morgan – INTREPID series, I aim to put the reader deep within the action. "My protagonist, Alex Morgan is a former paratrooper and now an agent of INTREPID – the Intelligence, Recovery, Protection and Infiltration Division of Interpol. "INTREPID is a top secret taskforce operating in the shadows to protect the world's

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SOUTH COAST LUXURY CAMPING: One of the opportunities that’s also available down here is South Coast Luxury Camping. The services they offer are a far cry (massive understatement) from my experience of ‘camping’ in the military! The tents are set up for you before you arrive along with all the modcons – bedding, linen, toiletries, towels, crockery and cutlery – and wine! And, there are a heap of locations to choose from, too.

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most vulnerable people from the worst among us. "There are currently five books in the series – DEFENDER, HUNTER, AVENGER, HELLDIVER and RANGER – and I’m currently working on number six which I’m calling SHAPESHIFTER.  "I’ve recently made a few changes to my publishing arrangements, so at the movement all of the books are

currently being prepared for re-release. "The full series will be available again from the end of June 2017. "You can keep up to date on everything happening in the world of Alex Morgan via my website: www.chrisallenauthor. com and on Facebook www. facebook.com/IntrepidAllen/" – Chris Allen

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Pamela Cook is a city girl with a country lifestyle and too many horses. "My rural fiction novels feature complex women, tangled family relationships and a healthy dose of romance," she told the South Coaster. Her first novel, Blackwattle Lake, was published in 2012 after being selected for the Queensland Writer’s Centre/Hachette Manuscript Development Program. Her following novels were Essie’s Way (2013) and Close To Home (2015) and her fourth book, The Crossroads, was released in December 2016. An eclectic reader, Pamela also enjoys writing poetry, memoir pieces and literary fiction and is proud to be a Writer Ambassador for Room To Read, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes literacy and gender equality in developing countries. When she’s not writing she wastes as much time as possible riding her handsome quarter horses, Morocco and Rio. "The South Coast is my favourite getaway destination. There are a heap of things to do if you feel like getting out and about or plenty of places to sit and relax, take in the view or enjoy the amazing variety of great food venues on offer. "There are so many more places I could recommend but then I’d be giving away secrets! The Crossroads, my most recent novel, is set in outback Queensland but my first three books – Blackwattle Lake, Essie’s Way and Close To Home – are all based on different parts of the South Coast. The area has been a very important part of my life since I was a child and every time I’m there it feels like coming home.

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NARRAWALLEE INLET: One of my top spots is Narrawallee lake. It’s perfect for families with great swimming options – lake on one side and beach on the other – but also ideal if you want some solitude, especially in winter. I love to take a notepad and pen and sit by the shore watching the tide rise and fall, and listening to the sigh of the ocean breeze through the mangroves.

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Shallow Crossing

Shallow Crossing is about 20km upriver from Nelligen Bridge (pictured here).

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MILTON: Browsing – and often buying – in the gorgeous shops in Milton is one of my favourite pastimes . Unique pieces of jewellery, head-turning clothes and designer homewares make sticking to a budget way too hard! And you can’t go past Pilgrims for coffee, lunch or the best milkshakes on the South Coast (or possibly in the universe!)

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SHALLOW CROSSING: Driving through the beautiful state forests and national parks is the perfect way to escape. My number one destination is Shallow Crossing on the Clyde River. Pack a picnic and sit by the riverbank taking in the tranquil beauty of the bush or cool off in summer with a refreshing swim. We love to stop in at the local Berry Farm on the way, fill a few buckets with berries and devour the delectable homemade ice cream.

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bookshops. Pamela also teaches writing courses and workshops through her business, Justwrite (www.justwrite.net.au). She loves to connect with readers in person and online. You will

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Caroline Baum "Only is my memoir of being the only child of parents with turbulent European pasts," the Wombarra-based author says. "It's a story of privilege, conflict, secrets, love and loss. I'm currently working on my second book, based on the life of a Frenchwoman who witnessed epic rifts and convulsions at the heart of French society from the Belle Epoque to World War II." Currarong

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ILLAWARRA ROCKSHELVES The rockshelves between Wombarra and Thirroul are a beautiful canvas of geology and intertidal ecology. Their textures are intriguingly diverse and display stunning colours due to the presence of minerals; snails create a fine tracery of squiggles as they fossick for food. I find these patterns hypnotic and very soothing after a day writing. I take endless Insta snaps of them and then return with a good camera to make limited edition prints of the best ones.

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CURRARONG The lagoon at Currarong is the perfect place to paddle board and play water frisbee, and watch how far the tide goes out; it's a safe gentle spot and easy to cross to the broad flat beach – perfect for morning walks. A favourite spot in summer after school holidays when the water stays warm for months.

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COASTAL WALK The coastal walk from Kiama to Gerringong is a good work-out with sweeping views , which means you feel you've earned your fish 'n' chips at Werri Beach. I'm always amazed that you can have so much beauty to yourself, there's often no one on the path out of season or midweek.

For more, go to www.visitkiama.com.au.

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Have you been into the bush recently? There are so many flowers in bloom and not only can you enjoy them while walking in the bush this winter, you can grow them in your own garden too. Below are a few of the plants flowering now in the Royal National Park – but there are many more and it is worth a walk through the bush to see for yourself. Acacia ulicifolia – Prickly Moses A small shrub up to 3 metres but usually much smaller. Prickly foliage that small birds enjoy as protection from larger birds and predators. Grow in a welldrained area with half a day of sun. Can be hedged or used in a mixed shrubbery.

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Our bushland is in bloom – and you can recreate this winter wonderland at home! Gardening writer Narelle Happ recommends plants that grow beautifully in the bush and in your backyard.

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Winter wildflowers Eriostemon australasius – Pink Wax Flower Another understorey plant to a height of approximately 1 metre, with profuse pink flowers and occasionally white in late winter and spring. A morning sun position is ideal for these plants in your garden. A great reference book to take on your bushwalk for help for identifying plants is Field Guide to Royal National Park, edited by Robert J. King, available from Linnean Society of New South Wales. Visit www. linneansocietynsw.org.au.

Epacris longiflora – Fuschia Heath Another small shrub usually seen growing in the understorey. My children call this one ‘fairy flowers’ and it is flowering prolifically now. The shrub needs very welldrained soil, not too rich in nutrients, and mulched well. Banksia species No matter what colour you prefer in banksias, there is plenty to choose from for winter colour from the light yellow cones of B. integrifolia and B. marginata to the deep orange cones of B. ericifolia. If large shrubs or trees aren’t for you, then there are plenty of dwarf hybrids of these banksias available that grow as small shrubs and even groundcovers. Other banksias in flower include B. oblongifolia, B.serrata and B. spinulosa. Choose a welldrained site with full sun to enjoy prolific blooms all winter. Great as a cut flower too.

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Curracurrang Falls; and Curracurrang’s top end (right).

Chasing waterfalls Travel blogger Theresa Lord made the most of the Royal National Park, visiting three waterfalls in one day.


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When the rain pours down in Sydney, it brings to life the waterfalls scattered throughout Royal National Park. It’s a magical time to explore Royal (as I like to call it) after a heavy rainfall. You can choose from viewing waterfalls (almost) from the car park to walking over an hour to see them. I chose to do a full day out in Royal and capture some shots of inland and coastal waterfalls. It was absolutely beautiful and I could have spent all day at each one but I was on a mission to visit as many as possible.

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Winifred Falls

First stop was Winifred Falls, which is an easy hike and, from the trailhead, it’s 1km each way along a fire trail. The trailhead is located on Warumbul Road and clearly signposted. It is a steep track in sections, so be sure you have good hiking shoes (I definitely don’t recommend walking barefoot, as I saw a few others do on the day of my hike). With such a short hike to a stunning waterfall and waterhole, it’s a perfect weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of Sydney. I did see a red-bellied black snake on my hike – and my reaction is another story – so be sure, as with all outdoor activities, to be prepared with a first-aid kit and some basic knowledge of how to treat injuries.

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Curracurrang Falls

Our next stop was Curracurrang Falls. It’s hard to imagine multiple waterfalls pouring into the ocean, but this is one of the few places on earth you can see such magic. Drive to the Wattamolla carpark and take the Royal Coast Track south for 3.2km. The waterfalls will sneak up on you and then you will be lost in their beauty for a moment before realising you need to get out your camera to capture some shots. Eagle Rock is another highlight on this part of the coast, however as with all coastal walks, be careful if venturing out on the cliff edges.

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NATIONAL FALLS

Our final stop was National Falls. Not as popular as the coastal waterfalls, these falls are located on McKell Avenue, close to the town of Waterfall. You can see the falls within a minute from the car park, making it extremely accessible for everyone. I’m already planning my next waterfall adventure to Royal, as there are still so many to see. Follow Theresa’s adventures at thebeautyhiker.com.

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Check out Kellys Falls and Maddens Falls. Both are very beautiful and perfect for budding photographers, writes Jo Fahey of Glenbernie Orchard.

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Kellys Falls, Garawarra State Conservation Area

From the Kellys Falls carpark, just south of Helensburgh, you can easily access the 785-metre Princess Marina Track, which leads to Lawrence Hargrave Drive opposite the entry to Stanwell Tops. The track is a bit overgrown and uneven in places, so watch your step! Long sleeves and pants are good protection from prickly shrubs. Take your time, there is plenty to photograph. This walk provides visitors with a sense of the history of this place and you can marvel at what The Pleasure Walk, with its Love Seat (inset), Kellys Falls (top left) and Maddens Falls (top right).

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it must have been like many years ago when the track was first developed. It was the brainchild of Henry Halloran, who owned a significant parcel of land covering Stanwell Tops in the early 1930s. He had a vision to develop Stanwell Tops as a Pleasure Park. There was a cricket ground, swimming pool, kiosk, dance hall and cabins, and plans for a future hotel. Henry created the “Pleasure Walk”, with stonework built by Bill Powers. It became popular with hikers in the 1930s to ’40s. He gained permission from the Duchess of Kent, Princess Marina, to name the walk in her honour in 1937. The views are impressive into the Otford Valley from the stonework lookouts, with an abundance of wildlife and botanical treasures.

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Maddens Falls, Dharawal National Park

Maddens Falls is an easy 1.3 km, 20-minute return walk at Darkes Forest in the Dharawal National Park. The car park is directly opposite Darkes Glenbernie Orchard. It’s very convenient to visit after a walk to stock up on fresh fruit, honey and cider! It’s also a good activity to team with a visit to the Darkes Forest Riding Ranch.


BUSHWALKING SAFETY TIPS

Plan your walk, check the weather forecast, tell somebody where you’re going and stay on the track. Take plenty of water, snacks, a first aid kit, a map and compass. Note: you may not have mobile phone service in the bush. Chasing waterfalls? NSW National Parks has these Waterfall Safety Tips: Stay behind railings and barriers. Don’t overestimate your abilities. Rocks and paths around waterfalls can be extremely slippery and are not suitable for walking. Please observe any signage. Don’t jump into pools at the base of waterfalls if you cannot see the bottom and have not checked for submerged objects. Never swim alone – ensure that someone is with you at all times. Take extra care after heavy rain, as waterfalls can carry large amounts of rushing water and are usually not safe to cross or swim under. Waterfalls are often remote and the water may not be suitable for drinking. Be sure to take enough bottled water for your trip.

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The walk starts on a fire trail that heads downhill, after about 200m, on the right you will see an elevated board walk off to the right of the trail – this is the start of the walk to the falls. The trail is in two sections, with a stretch of sandy path in the middle, and leads to the lookout of the falls. The lookout view of the falls themselves is a little restricted in part by a few shrubs that have begun growing there. A selfie stick will help get over that. When the creek is low you can walk over the rocks and check out the tadpoles in the many small rock pools. Darkes Forest is known for its frog diversity and has been a frog study location

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NOW AND THEN: “This [below] is a picture from a 1969 calendar with our greatgrandmother, Ellen Fahey, in the foreground,” writes Jo Fahey. “It hasn't changed much.”

for more than 30 years. There are always flowers of some type or another and some pretty cool trees for photos. If there has been a lot of rain I suggest bringing gum boots as the sandy section of the walk can have a bit of water over it. LAST WORD If visiting these areas please be sensible and take out your own rubbish and, if you can, take some of what others have left. That way we can all do our bit to keep this place safe for the wildlife and nice for the next people who visit.

HOME-MADE TRAIL MIX Recipe by Stephanie Meades of Thirroul’s Life Wellness Co. This snack combines healthy fats and protein with fibre and natural sugars for a lasting energy boost. Makes enough trail mix to fill a 1-litre jar. Ingredients: 1½ cups unsweetened coconut flakes (or shredded coconut) 1 cup of mixed raw nuts ½ cup of mixed seeds (pepitas, sunflower seeds) 1 tbsp cinnamon 1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil ½ cup dried sultanas/cranberries or chopped figs Method: Pre-heat oven to 180˚C and line baking tray with non-stick paper. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Pour melted coconut oil and cinnamon over dry ingredients, mix well. Add more cinnamon if you like it sweeter. Evenly spread nutty mixture on tray. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the coconut is golden and crisp. Once cooled, add dried fruit and pack into little takeaway tubs. Enjoy!

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For maps and more inform ation on walks, visit www. Discover bush walking adventures for all ages – from nationalparks. nsw.gov.au gentle board walks to steep, breathtaking challenges.

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Photos: NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service; Melissa Griffiths, Sydney Tramway Museum

Three experts share some of their favourite tracks.

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HONEYMOON TRACK, ROYAL NATIONAL PARK Catch a tram then walk into the park’s heart at Audley Visitors Centre, writes Malynda Flarey, leader of 1st Helensburgh Seacliff Guides. A great way to do this bushwalk is to take a historic tram from Loftus to the old Royal National Park station. Sydney Tramway Museum operates services on Wednesdays and Sundays (check times on (02) 9542 3646, www.sydneytramwaymuseum.com.au). After getting off the tram, you will find the start of the 1.8km walk not far from the old Information Centre carpark on Farnell Avenue. The steep track has lots of steps and is easy to follow. From the top of the park it winds downhill through incredibly pretty bush with stunning views of the Hacking River. The track comes out at Audley Weir, where there are picnic grounds and the Audley Boatshed. Another option the Guides enjoy is to hire canoes, row boats or Aqua bikes from the Boatshed and head up Kangaroo Creek. Alternatively, just have a picnic and enjoy. Tip: if you have younger children, organise someone to drive down and pick you up from Audley afterwards as the track can be very steep going back up. Have fun!

MINNAMURRA RAINFOREST CENTRE With a boardwalk for bubs and a falls hike for older kids, Minnamurra has something for all ages, writes Helensburgh Playgroup Co-ordinator Sarah Overington. Minnamurra Rainforest has a well-maintained 1.6km elevated boardwalk that’s wheelchair and pram friendly. It winds through a subtropical rainforest – try to spot lyrebirds and swamp wallabies. There’s also a more substantial falls hike that takes up to two hours and has views over the canopy and Minnamurra gorge. The visitors centre has toilets, picnic areas, a gift shop and information about the wildlife, plants and Aboriginal artefacts discovered in the area. A quiet and relaxing day for the whole family. Minnamurra Rainforest Centre is in Budderoo National Park, 15 minutes’ drive from Kiama, with park entry fees of $12 per vehicle per day. PIGEON HOUSE MOUNTAIN DIDTHUL WALKING TRACK The hike may be hard, but the views are superb, writes Melissa Griffiths, founder of the Illawarra’s Bushwalking Bubs group. The drive alone will leave you feeling like


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MUFFINS FOR YOUR BACKPACK Thirroul wellness coach Stephanie Meades presents a recipe for passionfruit muffins that are gluten free, dairy free and nut free. Enjoy! For this recipe I use a simple wholefood muffin recipe and mix in a mashed banana for natural sweetness and the pulp of two passionfruit. The result? The most deliciously moist, gluten-free passionfruit muffins. Makes 12 mini muffins Ingredients: 1/ 2 cup coconut flour, sifted 1/ 2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 cup coconut oil 1/4 cup rice malt syrup (or honey) 3 eggs, whisked 1 ripe banana, mashed 2 passionfruit 1 tsp vanilla Method: Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Melt coconut oil, cool slightly, then add oil to the whisked eggs, rice malt syrup and vanilla. Mash banana in a separate bowl and mix with pulp from the passionfruit. Add fruit to the moist ingredients, then combine with dry ingredients, stirring well. Leave to sit for 5 minutes before spooning into a mini muffin tray. These muffins won't rise during cooking. Cook for 25 minutes at 180°C, or until golden brown and cooked through. Yum! n For more whole-food recipes join the next round of Real Food Reboot, starting on August 1. Visit www.lifewellnessco.com. you’ve had an adventure, even before you step onto the track. The Pigeon House Mountain trail winds through forest, past sandstone boulders and up ladders, then to the summit and a panoramic view of the cliffs and gorges of Budawang wilderness area. Pack water and snacks so you can enjoy a well-deserved lunch at the top while basking in the stunning scenery. Pigeon House Mountain is in Morton National Park, near Ulladulla. The walk is 5km return, taking 2.5 to 3.5 hours. Follow the Bushwalking Bubs on Facebook and Instagram @bushwalkingbubs.

Little legs The South Coaster team recommends three walks for fit, fun-loving kids. 1. Forest Path, The Royal National Park: A 4.4km loop through lush rainforest. Stop for a paddle in the creek, look out for luminous fungi, towering eucalypts and Gymea lilies. Mossy fallen trees make great bridges for balancing acts. 2. The Royal National Park Coast Track: The epic 26km Coast Track runs the length of the park, from Otford Lookout north to Bundeena, via clifftop paths and wild beaches. Families can tackle one short section at a time – eg, a day walk from Wattamolla picnic area to surfing hotspot Garie Beach. Reward young walkers with icecream at Garie’s kiosk (open weekends). Along the way, look out for water dragons sunning themselves on rocks, sea eagles circling overhead and migrating whales! 3. Sublime Point Track: With a series of ladders and steep stairs, this iconic hike from Austinmer up the Illawarra escarpment is a challenge – for parents, that is. Fit six-year-olds tend to ace it. At the top are stunning views of the coast. One-way is 0.7km, allow about 45 minutes. Walking down? Track starts 50m south-east of Sublime Point Cafe. Going up? The track begins in Austinmer, branching off the footpath that joins Foothills Rd and Buttenshaw Drive. Add a spooky incentive: look for the Illawarra’s black panther.

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Wine writer Kerry Boyd-Skinner picks three of the best vineyards to visit.

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When Alexander Berry planted a small vineyard on Mount Coolangatta way back in the 1800s little did he know it would herald the birth of one of the most popular wine regions in the country. But it would be more than 150 years before the Shoalhaven Coast was recognised as Australia’s 95th designated wine region in 2002. Today the Shoalhaven is dotted with vineyards and wineries from Gerringong out to Kangaroo Valley and down to Bawley Point, south of Ulladulla. If you’re planning a visit to the South Coast here are three must-visit wineries.

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Silos Estate, Princes Highway, Berry Raj and Sophie Ray purchased Silos in 2007 and have turned it into an environmentally sustainable showpiece. Breathtakingly beautiful, the one-time dairy farm now features sprawling vineyards, guest accommodation, a state-of-theart cellar-door complex, restaurant, a working alpaca farm and even a charging station if you happen to rock up in an electric car. Oh, and there’s also a portfolio of handy wines from semillon to chardonnay, shiraz, cabernet and stickies (dessert wines). Visit www.silosestate.com

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Cupitt’s Winery, Brewery and Kitchen, Washburton Road, Milton/Ulladulla What do you get when you combine a passion for quality estate-grown wines, craft beers from its own micro brewery, a fromagerie and a topnotch restaurant with magnificent views to the Budawang Ranges and Burrill Lake? The answer is Cupitt’s Winery, one of the Shoalhaven’s real gems. Enjoy a guided tour through the vineyards, barrel room and brewery before a tasting and then lunch. Visit www.cupitt.com.au

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John Vander says he loves ”the wild side” of the South Coast, from its unpredictable weather to how new growth blooms after bushfires. Four of his favourite places are: 1. The iconic Sea Cliff Bridge. 2. Bald Hill: ”The view from Bald Hill looking south is hard to beat.” 3. Royal National Park: ”I’ve painted quite a lot in the Royal National Park, it's fantastic. Not only because of the seascape but also the forest. When you drive through it, it’s like you’re in a jungle, even the temperature drops.”

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4. Tilba, far South Coast hinterland: ”That area is fantastic, not only the natural beauty, but also the history of the area. The town is very intact, historically it’s beautiful.” n John and Frances Vander own Articles Fine Art Gallery at 111 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Stanwell Park. Phone (02) 4294 2491.

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Coastal style The South Coaster chats to Wollongong fashion designer Wendi Leigh, owner of two boutiques in Wollongong. Please tell us a bit about yourself. I was born into the arts – parents being artist/ potter/gallery owners as I was growing up. I always knew I wanted to be a fashion designer and an artist as well. I completed a Diploma in Colour and Design at the Shillito Design College in Sydney and after getting into the industry straight away, I ventured over to Berlin in my early 20s where I worked as a designer/patternmaker for a large manufacturer called Frika. This gave me extensive technology and experience in production and upon my return to Australia, I started my Wendi Leigh Design label, manufacturing limited edition appliqué and hand-printed pieces for boutiques on the North Shore of Sydney. In 2009, after returning to study various textile art forms at UOW, my Vis Arts degree led me to another return to designing exclusive pieces for a more mature market which was lacking in Wollongong. Thus in 2012 I opened my studio boutique at 36/42 Auburn Street, Wollongong. The birth of Trenz Resort Wear at Christmas 2016 led to it becoming the hub of all things travel – a one-shop colour destination for travel and cruisewear. We are building a stable of Australian labels from Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland, including my exclusive label styles and have much to offer in accessories as well. And at very competitive prices.

What inspires you? Colour inspires me foremost and then fabric prints, textures and touch. I love describing the feel of fabrics to customers before they try it on using words like “buttery” or “silky” or plain “skin lovin”! What kind of fabric do you like to work with? Wovens in cotton, linen and bamboo, as well as our stretch fabrics in polyesters and viscose – they are all fun and inspiring! I also design my own prints reflective of the Wollongong coastline. What are some key winter style trends in 2017? I’m loving the new colours of Rust and Moss – the moss is more like a deeper, dulled olive which mixes so well with rust or burnt orange, team it with a splotch oyster and taupe cotton scarf and camel shoulder bag. Redheads are loving us designers again! But everyone can wear these colours – we’ll show you how.

Describe your Mother of the Bride collection. My Mother of the Bride collection has its main focus on “bespoke styling that no-one else will be wearing” – nothing worse than being the MOB in a mass-produced outfit another guest is wearing. We also design with the Wollongong lifestyle in mind – styling that will take you from the wedding, then onwards to wear this way or that on your next cruise, a Sunday barbie or out to dinner!

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Philip Comans walks from Sandon Point to Bulli and (this pic) on Sea Cliff Bridge.

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Walkies! Bark Busters Illawarra dog trainer Philip Comans lists his favourite places to walk the dogs, Sooty and Sandy.

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Sea Cliff Bridge

Take a walk from Coalcliff to Clifton across this iconic man-made structure for some of the best views anywhere in the world. Keep going to Scarborough Pub where the beer garden offers dogs and humans refreshing beverages and ocean views. Total distance from Coalcliff to Scarborough is 3km each way.

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Sandon Point, Bulli

Combining a Leash-Free Dog Beach with a paved walking track, this sunfilled outing takes you from Hamilton Road, Bulli south across a lagoon, then either along the sands of McCauleys Beach or the path past Sandon Point’s millionaire’s row. Hard to decide whether to gaze at the views or the houses! 1.5km each way.

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Warrawong to Berkeley

Start at King Street and Northcliffe Drive, Warrawong, follow the cycleway past the Illawarra Yacht Club and towards Berkeley hugging the northern shore of Lake Illawarra. Continue as far as Hooka Point if you like. 6km each way.

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Puckey’s Estate south to Wollongong Harbour

Starting at Elliots Road, Fairy Meadow near the surf club, walk south along the beach (some is off-leash) towards Wollongong. You’ll eventually reach Stuart Park (where you may see skydivers landing) and lots of cafes and restaurants, some with outdoor seating for us to enjoy with our dogs. 2.4km each way.

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Coledale Beach to Thirroul Beach

Winding past several lovely beaches and lots of interesting homes, this easy walk is perfect for our pooches. Cafes are spread along the route, and most are very pet friendly. Pick up a coffee at Earth Walker in Coledale and finish up in Thirroul with a coffee and puppycino at Honest Dons. 4km each way.

Beach breaks 3 Coniston: Fancy a stroll on the sand with your dog? Check out Wollongong’s top five off-leash areas, chosen by Philip Comans.

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Dr Rip's Science of the Surf Dr Rob Brander calls on cosmic forces to explain tides. Most people don’t think too much about the tide. It comes up, it goes down and if you grab a set of timetables you can find the tide times and heights not only for that day, but 10 years in advance. However, while that may be simple, tides can be quite complicated and some readers have asked me to explain how they work. Well, it’s all rather cosmic. The tide is a wave with a crest (high tide) and trough (low tide), but is created by the gravitational pull that both the moon and the sun have on the water in the oceans. The moon orbits the earth creating a moving bulge of water by “pulling the water” towards it. So now there’s a moving bulge of water on one side of the earth and due to the centrifugal force of the earth’s rotation (we’re spinning), there’s another bulge on the opposite side of the planet. So if you were standing on an island in the middle of the ocean, you’d experience two high tides and two low tides each day. Our coast has two tides a day, but others don’t because things like continents and coral reefs get in the way, messing up the path of the tidal wave. You may also notice that the timing of the tides changes

each day, usually by about 50 minutes, which is due to the time difference between the earth’s rotation and the moon’s orbit around the earth. Then there’s the tide range, which is the vertical difference between high and low tide. You may have noticed that the high tide creeps a little higher on the beach each day until it starts retreating on a daily basis. This is where the sun comes in. Both the earth and the moon orbit around the sun. When the moon and the sun line up, their gravitational pull on the earth is combined and we get big tides called spring tides. The high tide comes up higher and the low tide goes out further (a big tide range). This happens during a full moon and a new moon, so about every two weeks. When the moon and sun are lined up at right angles to the earth, their gravitational pull acts against each other and we get neap tides. The high tide doesn’t come up very far and the low tide doesn’t go out very far (a small tide range). So every lunar month (about 29 days), we will get two spring tides and two neap tides. King tides are just a bigger spring tide that occurs when the moon and sun happen to be particularly close to the earth and that happens about twice a year (around Christmas and late May/early June). While our tide range varies from about 1m at neaps to almost 2m at king tides, tide range varies around the world with places like Broome getting tides of 9m. Again, it’s all about the shape of continents, offshore reefs and islands squeezing and amplifying the tidal wave itself. Don’t worry, if all this cosmic stuff has you bamboozled, just read the South Coaster tide tables on page 44-45! Send questions to rbrander@unsw.edu.au.

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0.45 1.63

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0018 1.27 0.34  Copyright Commonwealth of Australia 2015, Bureau of Meteorology 0627 0.52 1.43 Datum of Predictions is Lowest Astronomical Tide are1540 in0.58 local time +10:00) or daylight savings time (UTC +11:00) when 1130 0.56 1143 0.40 1634 1.66 1.37in effect 1641 0.57 1812 0.51 0.38 0.43 1644 0.43 FR standard SA MO 1259 THTimes FR 1802 SU TH FR(UTC Phase Symbols New 2253 Moon 1815 First Quarter Full Moon 1811 2311 0.44 1921 0.62 2300 1.65 1.91 Moon 2200 1.70 1.58 1.53 1.81

0.44 1.40 SU 1823 0.57

1.27 0.52 MO 1259 1.37 1921 0.62 1.17 0.58 TU 1351 1.36 2029 0.64

Times and 1.33 0213 1.10 0.43Heights 0807 of 0.62high 1.49 WE 1451 1.36 0.53and low 2141 waters 0.62

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lat 340 29’

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TH 1553 1.39 2246 0.56

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