After enjoying our early morning stroll on the beach and observing a very hazy sunrise, we returned to camp for a leisurely breakfast. Mid-morning saw us heading off in the car, to explore the local coastline.
The view from Cabarita Headland was pretty spectacular. It was lovely to see that this bay was less hazy than the open beach at Pottsville.
We would return to this cove the following day to swim and then relax under the shade of the pandanus trees.
Our next stop was the lookout at Hastings Point and the decision was made to return here for sunset. Pottsville is further south in the haze.
By late afternoon, the thick seaspray had returned to the extent that combined with the humidity, the wine label quickly became saturated. No spectacular sunset, but the cooling breeze was very welcome.
As we left, this lovely couple arrived for a wedding shoot.
5am saw us cresting the sand dune back at Pottsville Beach. The sun was inching above the horizon, with the seaspray creating a muted colour palette.
What a glorious way to start the day!
Attempting trick photography on a high dune.
Canine, bird and human footprints.
Midmorning we returned to Cabarita Beach. The tide was surging in, making it quite unsafe to surf. I was unable to watch this group for long, for fear of what might happen. Thankfully no helicopter rescue took place. We later heard that the Gold Coast beaches, some 20 k's further north, had to be closed all weekend.
Keeping cool and relaxing with a book under the pandanus trees.
Back at the campground, we observed a telegraph pole for nesting eagles. Obviously not nesting at this time, but we were amazed to see that both the magpie and the honeyeaters chased this eagle away.
A calm sea greeted us for our final sunset.
Billowing clouds to the south eventually brought a harmless storm and cooler temperatures for the evening.
On our final morning, a 4am start had us wearing head torches to find the path to the Cabarita headland to watch this morning's sunrise.
First light 5 am.
A pod of dolphins entertained for a very short period.
Looking back to our cove of the previous day - low tide.
Spectacular nature soon had us spellbound.
Joc had brought her photographic crystal ball along and we managed to capture some lovely images.
As the sun appeared!
Heading back to the car we observed jet skis, towing board riders out to catch the waves. Not something I've seen before along our coastline. The swells were huge but not close in. Very impressive.
Beautiful sunrises are not just found on the coast. The morning after our return, I was up at five for my morning walk, to beat the heat, and this was the view across the golf course ponds below our house.
So very fortunate to live where I live.
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