Road trip with lighthouses #1: Port Macquarie and surrounds

Tacking Point Lighthouse, Port Macquarie

A planned road trip to the Gold Coast (Queensland) with family (689km, 7 days) was truncated for reasons of distance/time and became a New South Wales-only holiday terminating at Coffs Harbour (536km, 5 days) before the return trip to Sydney. The revised plan involved driving to Port Macquarie using the fastest possible route, staying for two nights and then moving north to Coffs Harbour to stay an additional two nights, with an option to extend through Sunday if necessary. The return journey would be a slower one via coastal roads rather than solely using the Pacific Highway.

Here are some photos from Port Macquarie and its surrounds.

Monday 08 October 2012

We started our journey at 0940, stopping for lunch at Buladelah (S 32° 24.780″, E 152° 12.416″) and then proceeding to Laurieton, a town on the Camden Haven River, south of Port Macquarie.

This wharf is just off Mill Street, next to the Laurieton Riverside Seafoods co-op (S 31° 39.311″, E 152° 47.888).

Pelican and fishing boats, Laurieton

Fishing boats, Laurieton

High and dry

It was 1607 when we arrived at the service apartment (situated within walking distance of the Sea Acres Nature Reserve in Port Macquarie), so that was pretty much it for the day. Distance travelled: 411 km.

Tuesday 09 October 2012

We were greeted by the songs of kookaburras, magpies, currawongs, lyrebirds and something that sounded like high-pitched ducks starting at 0530; a different but pleasant sort of experience.

First stop of the day: Shelly Beach (S 31° 27.497″, E 152° 55.974), part of the Sea Acres Nature Reserve.

Shelly Beach, Port Macquarie

Shelly Beach, Port Macquarie

The following wave pictures are deliberately underexposed, just because I like the effect.

Breaking waves, Shelly Beach

Birds on a rock platform, Shelly Beach

Birds on a rock platform, Shelly Beach

Breaking waves, Shelly Beach

Breaking waves, Shelly Beach

The Tacking Point Lighthouse (S 31° 28.537,  E 152° 56.197) is rather squat, but it probably doesn’t need extra height because:

Tacking Point Lighthouse, Port Macquarie

According to the Lighthouses of Australia, Inc. site, it was exhibited in 1879 and is still in use.

Lighthouse Beach as seen from Tacking Point Lighthouse

A view from Tacking Point Lighthouse

Tacking Point Lighthouse, Port Macquarie

Tacking Point Lighthouse, Port Macquarie

Here’s Flynn’s Beach:

Rocks at Flynns Beach, Port Macquarie

Surfer at Flynns Beach

Surfer at Flynns Beach

Surfer at Flynns Beach

Surfer at Flynns Beach

Surfer at Flynns Beach

Surfer at Flynns Beach

Other lighthouse-related posts:

Road trip with lighthouses #2: Coffs Harbour and surrounds
Road trip with lighthouses (and birds!) #3: Crowdy Head

Seaside Lights

Seaside Lights: Kiama

Useful sites:

Lighthouses of Australia, Inc.

Date: 08-09 October 2012
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens 1: Pentax smc DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] WR
Lens 2: Pentax smc DA L 55-300 mm f/4-5.8 ED
Ambient light only.
Conditions: sunny.
Hand-held only.
Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.

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