Letter from NSW Central Coast: Where the Bush Meets the Beach

Family on Putty Beach, Bouddi National Park NSW

Family on Putty Beach, Bouddi National Park NSW

Clive’s son and family live north of Sydney on the New South Wales Central Coast, surrounded by the natural beauty of countless beaches, bushland, coastal walks and National Parks.

We’ve had a great week doing many activities with the family and seeing some of the special places near where they live.

Bouddi National Park contains multiple beaches and bushwalks. One afternoon the family showed us part of the Bouddi Coastal Walk between Putty Beach and Bullimah Beach.

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We parked (for ‘free’ thanks to the family having an annual National Parks pass) and Clive’s son led us out to Putty Beach, a beautiful arc of typically golden Aussie sand. A set of steps led up from the northern end of the beach to the walkway along the headland.

View back to Putty Beach from the coastal walk

View back to Putty Beach from the coastal walk

Most of this part of the walk had a boardwalk, easy for everyone to enjoy. I kept stopping to ooh and aah and take photos as we wound around the headland, admiring the ocean views and sandstone outcroppings.

Clive & his grandsons on Bouddi Coastal Walk

Clive & his grandsons on Bouddi Coastal Walk

We were all drawn to the tessellated rock formations, or pavements, lining the walk at this point. Their swirly, geometric patterns were apparently formed by weathering and erosion and the shrinking and swelling of clays over thousands and millions of years.

I’m always struck by the awesome natural beauty of Australia and how blessed children are to grow up with all of this around them. Australia is sometimes called ‘The Lucky Country’ and in light of its scenery and landscape and the appreciation its citizens have for it, it seems very lucky indeed.

Great young walkers on tessellated pavements, Bouddi National Park, Australia

Great young walkers on tessellated pavements, Bouddi National Park, Australia

Cheers and thanks for reading. Next week’s letter will be from south of Sydney, near the Royal National Park, New South Wales.

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2 Responses

  1. Hi Carol and Clive,

    I always enjoy your pictures so much when you are out traveling. Kind of refreshing to look at them wherever you are. Both people and places are so pleasant. I’m sure you’re enjoying time with family and friends. Lots of catching up.

    –Eleanor

  2. Thank you Eleanor!

    We are enjoying this special time — nothing quite like catching up in person.

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