Richard spotted a few whales on his Oxfam training walk, so on this gorgeous 19°C day today, we had no excuse not to drive out to the Cape Solander lookout at the Kamay Botony Bay National Park. It was such a pleasant day the jacket came right off!

Highlights of the event: whale jumped people cheered! Another whale jumped people cheered again! Yet another whale jumped… Whale watching is actually more fun than what this blog post suggests.

Cape Solander, Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Sydney

Whale Watching at Cape Solander, Kamay Botany Bay National Park

Also more fun than what this total lack of whale phone camera picture suggests…

Whale, at the very least, it’s definitely an improvement to last year‘s zero whale spotting!

There were more bats on the usual bat flight path tonight than what I’ve ever seen before! Literally ran out to take a photo. Beautiful sunset, too.

Bat Flight Path

So. Many. Bats.

Thunderstorm: nature’s light show!

The best shots my little phone camera could do in the dark and through the insect screen, but god that storm was spectacular! (Slightly more spectacular because I was safe and dry inside. tongue )

Guess what we spotted while out for a brief walk without a proper camera? Whales! On a nor’easterly windy day where I could barely stand still!

View from The Esplanade, Cronulla

… I swear we did see whales. I just didn’t manage to capture them on the my phone camera while trying not to eat too much of my own hair the wind was feeding me. tongue

It was another super pleasant and gently breezy 24°C day so there’s no excuse to stay in whatsoever! We decided to head out to the Coast Track at the Royal National Park for a bushwalk, and we certainly planned it a lot better than our last walk to Winifred Falls. tongue

We started at around noon. Richard decided that Marley Beach shall be our halfway point so that we had enough time to do a short walk and back before it gets dark. We also brought our swimmers just in case.

We walked at a very comfortable speed and reached our halfway point on schedule, in about 2 hours. Walking back felt a lot easier.

I saw all the wildlife and animal tracks on the walk!

No, I don’t think I have taken enough pictures. Why do you ask? tongue

After the walk, we took a bit of extra time to drive down to Jibbon Beach for a quick dip. The tide was a lot higher than our last visit and the water was still a little cool. The number of boats there was also far lower than what Richard expected to see for the long weekend.

Such a lovely day out! I can’t wait to explore the rest of Sydney and the world!

The water was still a little cool but it’s finally a pleasantly sunny 24°C. Richard took us on his boat for a nice day out at Jibbon Beach.

It’s high tide so there was very little beach in the beginning. We first went to the Dharawal Aboriginal Engravings Site. Richard was horrified to see that they’d built fences around the area when he used to just run up and down the rocks as a kid. We also thought one of the kangaroo carvings didn’t look very Aboriginal. On our way back to the beach, they told me there’s a secluded spot popular with nude sunbathers, and a nude sunbather we saw (no picture of this, of course!).

After the short walk, we went back to the beach. The water was crystal clear, and the beach wasn’t too busy probably because the water wasn’t warm enough yet. We sat on our beach towels, had a little picnic, swam, got a nice dose of sunlight, and just had the most relaxing day.

I have a feeling I’m going to get quite tanned this summer! smile

The tide was high, there were dead bluebottles all along the shore and not a single dog in sight, and Cronulla Beach was still interesting and beautiful.

Turned out we were only too early for dog o’clock, which I discovered was 4 pm!

Happy dogs make Vickie happy. smile

I can spend all day here listening to the waves and watching all the happy dogs.

When it warms up a bit more, maybe we’d watch the stars at night, too.