Monday, October 21, 2013

Holidaying in Northern NSW: Part 3

On the Sunday, We headed down to the Central Coast of NSW for an "Instameet" (a photography meet up of "Instagrammers"). I've met some amazing and wonderful photography lovers via Instagram and many live on the Central Coast of NSW.

About 6-8 weeks before our holiday, I had discussed and organised a photography meet with the assistance of one of my Instagram friends, Brad (Instagram ID: @hedgey_). I asked him to come up with an itinerary to show Michael & me around some of his favourite parts of the Central Coast. I then put up a post inviting anyone who wanted to join us for the day.
I was absolutely blown away by the response from those who live in the area or near by, and a number of my Instagram friends from Sydney decided to come up for the day. We even had 2 guys from Hawaii join in.

After a 360km drive, our day began at Snapper Point in the Munmorrah State Conservation Area at 11am. Initially the weather was quite overcast.
Unfortunately, due to my recent knee surgery, I wasn't able to do much rock climbing to get a closer look around the headland, so this view had to suffice.

Looking towards Wybung Head from Snapper Point.

Next we drove around to Wybung Head. This is the view north, looking back to where we had been at Snapper Point.

Looking out to the Ocean from Wybung Head. I can imagine how stunning all these landscapes are on a sunny day!

Next stop, Budgewoi Beach... still overcast!

Then on to Norah Head Lighthouse, an active lighthouse built between 1901-1903. Designed by the same architect as the Cape Byron Lighthouse.

Below Norah Head Lighthouse is a unique rock platform which was a great spot for reflection photography.

And provided a great spot for capturing the power of the incoming tide, with the backdrop of more incredible & rugged NSW headlands.

Final stop was Long Jetty (the name of the suburb and the jetty) on Tuggerah Lake.

We were treated to a lovely sunset...

And after sunset some of the guys who drove up from Sydney treated us with some Steel Wool Photography opportunities.

By the time we returned back to our accomodation in Port Macquarie, it was around 1am.

We had an incredible day meeting with some wonderful people who I now consider friends... all thanks to the iPhone/iPad Instagram app & a common love of photography.

Joining in with the following memes:

Our World Tuesday Graphic              Skywatch Friday


TexWisGirl said...

great murky skies to clear reflections and sunset. nice!

cath hy photographie & peinture said...

Merveilleuses photos! ces paysages de mer sont magnifiques!
Bonnes semaine, Cath.

Joop Zand said...

Wonderful pictures Liz...... very well done.

Greetings, Joop

Billy Blue Eyes said...

Great series of photos, liked the sunsets and night shots.

Lisa Gordon said...

Liz, these are such magical images.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Wonderful views and photos from your part of the world Liz! Thanks for sharing with us.

Anonymous said...

wat mooi,wat een geweldig mooi gebied je hebt er een hele mooie serie over gemaakt,dit moet heel fijn geweest zijn.

Michael S-B said...

Wonderful photos, Liz. It was a great day, and well worth the drive! I love the way you captured the reflections during the steel wool photography. xoxo

Graham Edwards said...

There is something very compelling about long jetties which I find hard to rationalise or explain but you have captured this one perfectly. The light displays are intriguing.

LOLfromPasa said...

All of your shots are wonderful and some of them are exceptional. Nice work!

LindyLouMac said...

Calling by from Our World Tuesday, I have not been around the blogging world much recently, so really pleased to be back my virtual friend enjoying your wonderful photography.

Anonymous said...

Wow - what utterly fabulous shots!

Stewart M said...

Thats not a part of the world I know, looks good.

THe steel wool pictures are great.

The Great Ocean Road is well worth it!

Stewart M - Melbourne

theconstantwalker said...

A wonderful post Liz and your landscape images are superb... .
I feel like I've been there.

Blue Lavender said...

Hi Liz,
What a nice post, and incredible shoots, I liked very much the lighthouse and the steel wool pics are great.
Have a nice day
Laura :-)

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

What an amazing day it proved to be! Love your reflections shot below Norah Lighthouse, also the ones of Long Jetty and the Steel Wool Photography.
It must have been one of those highly memorable (and exhausting) days!

Anonymous said...

What beautiful photos! I am truly impressed.

Carole M. said...

fabulous Liz - love the Long Jetty photos especially; I've not been there yet myself. That was such a long day, all the way back to Port after this in the dark...lots of wonderful memories; well done.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

These are just absolutely magnificent Liz. I looked at a couple of other posts, also beautiful, yet this set, just tagged me in~

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