Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Bobbin Head, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is part of the Hawkesbury River system and in fact is where the Hawkesbury meets the sea. These photos are from a short day trip I made to this location.

A sailboat navigates Cowan Creek

The Palm Beach to Bobbin Head ferry

This vessel was obviously some kind of ferry, and of course I had to find out more about it. It couldn’t possibly be a commuter service, surely? Google reveals that the ferry is operated by Palm Beach and Hawkesbury River Cruises, and tours run once a day on Fridays and weekends. The trip from Palm Beach to Bobbin Head takes about two hours, and the ferry departs on the return journey 55 minutes later.

I think I’ll be joining this cruise in the not-too-distant future. Hee.

The Bobbin Head Inn

Bobbin Head pier

Bobbin Head is at the headwaters of Cowan Creek.

Bobbin Head pier

A Golden Orb Web Spider (Nephila edulis) with its prey, Bobbin Head

A Golden Orb Web Spider (Nephila edulis) with its prey, Bobbin Head

Appletree Bay, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Masked Lapwing or Masked Plover (Vanellus miles), Appletree Bay

Masked Lapwing or Masked Plover (Vanellus miles), Appletree Bay

Masked Lapwing or Masked Plover (Vanellus miles), Appletree Bay

Masked Lapwing or Masked Plover (Vanellus miles), Appletree Bay

Masked Lapwing or Masked Plover (Vanellus miles), Appletree Bay

A view from the lookout at the Kalkari Discovery Centre

The aftermath of a recent bushfire at the Kalkari Discovery Centre.

The fire may have occurred months ago, but a faint smell of smoke persists in the area to this day.

Mushrooms, Kalkari Discovery Centre

I have no idea what these mushrooms are, but they are very similar to the ones I photographed on a recent trip to Wentworth Falls.

Mushrooms, Kalkari Discovery Centre

Mushrooms, Kalkari Discovery Centre

Mushroom, Kalkari Discovery Centre

These two photos from a single mushroom colony were taken at a distance of about 12 metres with the 55-300mm lens.

Mushroom, Kalkari Discovery Centre


Date: 06 May 2011
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens 1: Pentax DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR
Lens 2: Pentax smc DA L 55-300 mm f/4-5.8 ED
Lens 3: Sigma 50mm 1:2.8 DG Macro
Ambient light only.
Conditions: partly cloudy.
Hand-held only.
Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.

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