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Bushes to Beaches Volume 2

Front Cover

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Contents The Unknown Retreat.............. 4 Gallery ..........................................6 Best secluded coastal campsites in australia..............8 Beach Walking ...........................10 Photographer : Justn Wong Editor: Justin Wong Promotion photos: Cannon Inc Australian Lifeguards

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The Unknown Retreat Article by Justin Wong

Hidden behind the crowded beaches and located within the busy streets of Coombabah, there is a place where the peacefulness of nature is clearer than the waves of the beaches. A place which is less known than any beach in the Gold Coast, but still as pure and beautiful. The Coombabah Lake Conservation area is a hidden retreat from the both the crowded beaches and the busy suburbs in Gold Coast. Here the conservation area contains more green than the white sand of the beaches, and the birds tweet more than squawk. Instead of the sand feeling on the beach and the surf will refresh your feet, the Coombabah Lake conservation will refresh you mind more with the natural clearer wind and the earthy soil tracks. When I last walked on the walking tracks that are available, the first thing you would come across is the large amount of trees that are surrounding the

tracks which was perfectly paved to where you have multiple ways to see around the preserve. A combination of both broken gravel paths and wooden pathways as bridges to walk above watered areas of the conservation. You can hear a variety of birds that live and fly around the wooded areas and suburbs, as well as the occasional wallabies that hop around the area. (which is advised that you don’t approach and feed). The variety of vegetation that covers the majority of the conservation area is large, where it comes between normal woodland with eucalyptus tress to small section of wetland like

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areas for a change. The different types flora that runs through around the area makes the conservation area more interesting, instead of only showing just one particular type of vegetation. Making this walking track an interesting walk, which can show a variation of flora along with some interesting fauna that, can be seen from time to time. The interesting things about the walking tracks, which covers most of the conservation area is that it runs around a bit of a circle with multiple ways which can be walked around. There is also a path, which leads to a small flying club area which aircraft fly around. However, the place can

be still useful for photography and looking into different natural flora and occasionally Australian fauna. In the long coming of walking around this nature walk with various plants and animals that can be seen. The whole of the conservation area can be a vey good for anyone who is in need for a nice change of pace for people who are looking for a place away from the busy beaches of the Gold Coast.

“...its very good for anyone who is in need for a nice change of pace for those who are looking for a place away from the busy beaches of the Gold Coast.“

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Gallery

A nice open area with a geat shine bright sun leading the pathway

Wooden pathway which bridges across through the more forrested area. Page 6

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Though not as sunny as the beach, but still beautiful

Wallabies tend to be around the area if your lucky Page 7

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Best secluded coastal campsites in Australia by Jessica Passanati

There is nothing like a secluded, cheap getaway. Here are the best campsites in Australia. australian coastlines are dotted with camping opportunities that give naturelovers the opportunity to spend the night alongside the ocean. Falling asleep to the sound of crashing waves makes for a relaxing getaway. “A camping spot becomes special when you want to return again and again,” says Peter Counsell, from the beachside campsite, Durras Park North. But what distinguishes coastal camping from an ordinary camping experience? “Camping to me shouldn’t feel as if you are in a tented suburb,” says Peter. “True camping is having plenty of bush around you, being woken up in the morning by a chorus of kookaburras, or being disturbed at night by possums searching for food.” Here are some of the most exclusive coastal camping sites that make you feel completely immersed in nature. 1. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands NP, QLD Blindingly white sand beaches and premiere access to the Great Barrier Reef make Whitehaven beach campsite one of Page 8

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the most renowned in Australia. Campsites in this Whitsunday paradise are nestled among lowland vine forest and eucalyptus woodlands. The campground is approximately 30km east of Shute Harbour, solely reached by boat. 2. Southern Ocean Beach, SA The colour of the dunes change in the morning and evening light, complementing the stunning sunrises and sunsets at this isolated beach in Coorong National Park, 180km south-east of Adelaide. The surrounding wetlands are home to many species of migratory birds.

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3. Conto’s Field camp ground, Leeuwin-Naturaliste NP, WA Yellow limestone, pearly white sand, and crystal blue water make for unforgettable views at this campsite, 20km south of Margaret River. Campers boast about their experience fishing for fresh salmon and cooking it at the camp. It has full facilities for just $7 per night, per adult. Stay for a weekend or stop by for a night as you do the full Cape to Cape Track.

7. 75-mile beach, Fraser Island, QLD It’s one of the world’s longest beaches, 75-Mile beach is a favourite for four-wheel-drive camping - but it’s so big that you can still feel like you’re the only one on the beach. On the western side of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the beach is open to the Pacific Ocean. You can camp at just about anywhere along this beach, as long as it’s at least 50m from a water source, and within signposted areas.

4. Broome ‘s northern beaches, WA This 14km stretch is a hidden gem amongst the more popular beaches on the coast north of Broome, WA, stretching up to James Price Point though you will need a 4WD to access the area. Sand dunes and breathtaking rock formations are the beaches’ most prominent features; this spot serves as the perfect relaxing getaway, since camping is free and fish are plentiful.

8. Johanna Beach, Great Ocean Walk, Victoria

5. Cave Beach, Booderee NP, ACT

9. Bruny Island, Tasmania

The eponymous cave gives this secluded beach at jervis Bay an added feature to this picture-perfect scene. Its spilling waves are great for beginner surfing and its hard-to-reach location - a 300m walk from the car park - keeps the crowds away. Situated in the jointly Aboriginal-managed Booderee National Park - a 3hr drive south of Sydney - Cave Beach campsite is basic, with toilets, BBQs and cold-water showers available.

This campsite is one of many accessible beaches on the shipwreck coast near the Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles. There are drive-in campsites nearby or hikers’ sites if you’re stopping on the Great Ocean Walk. Aside from the mighty Southern Ocean swells, you’ll also see plenty of kangaroos, echidnas and birds.

This exclusive spot has an abundance of diverse wildlife, featuring white wallabies, fairy penguins, fur seals, and various exotic birds. Bruny Island has crystal blue waters and pristine sands.

6. Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand NP, WA This spot is rated as one of the country’s topranked swimming conditions. This 5km stretch of beach exudes seclusion, allowing campers to pitch a tent on the beach and fall asleep to the sound of gentle waves without witnessing anyone else for days. Lucky Bay is only a 40 minute drive from Esperance in Western Australia.

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Beach walking By Carolyn Barry

ONE OF THE BEST things about this walk is that it so closely follows the coast, with lots of beach walking. The Great Ocean Walk officially starts at the Apollo Bay visitor centre just on the main street and a stone’s throw from the beach. You can drop in here to, and get last minute flyers or maps, and check about conditions and tides. It’s almost essential to pick up or print out a local tide guide, as on many parts of the walk you have the option to take the beach route or the inland track - and this is the Southern Ocean down here, so swell can be huge and wild (and spectacular), making rock hopping dangerous. The first part of the walk heads along the main road out of town and by Marengo. If you’ve got some spare time, it’s well worth spending a couple of hours ‘seal’ kayaking with wild seals, who reside on a rocky island just off the beach. The trail then goes straight through the Marengo Caravan Park, so you could probably save yourself a couple of kilometres and stay here a night before walking out the back gate to the trail. This first part of the walk is filled with secluded little beaches, dotted with holiday homes in the hills to the west. Giant kelp lines the shore and you’ll see plenty of lrage cuttlefish. A fork in the trail Along the way, the trail drops down to beach, and often this is the juncture of a ‘Decision Point’ - where you can opt to take the inland track, which heads up a short way and parallel to the coast, or walk along the shore. The signage at the Decision Point lets you know how long that beach section is, so you can plan accordingly.

Almost all of the first section can be walked along the shore - which is mostly rocky platforms with some beach walking. If the tide is low and the swell reasonable, walking along the shore is the better option. The rock formations are fun to walk and fascinating to gaze at. You’ll see all sorts of interesting things washed up on the beach, including abalone shells, huge cuttle fish skeletons and loads of bull kelp. If you’re lucky, you might even find an old artefact from a shipwreck washed ashore. And if the conditions change, you can always hop back on the inland track, though these tend to be muddy. No section of beach/rocks is longer than about 1km. As you progress through the walk, you’ll feel you’re entering more remote, rugged and wild territory. The seas can typically get up 6m swell, even if it doesn’t look that big from the high view points, the beaches just feel a little dangerous here, as you’ll often see many layers of constantly breaking waves. A plethora of terrain One of the best features of this walk is that you travwerse through so many varieties of vegetation along the way. Not only do you walk along pristine beaches, where yours are the only footprints, but you enter into some of the tallest forests in Australia - the mountain ash trees, which can grow about 100m tall. You’ll also pass by coastal shrubbery, wattle groves, eucalyptus frorest and temperate wet forest. In fact, this region gets a high amount of water, so some of the forest sections can be muddy.

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Back Cover

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