Myall Lakes National Park
Myall Lakes National Park stunning 44 000 ha reserve featuring 40 kms of beaches, fresh and saltwater lakes, swamps, rugged headlands and high dunes. It includes Myall Lake, Boolambyte Lake, Two Mile Lake and The Broadwater which are linked by narrow straits and becomes one of the largest, most complex and most interesting lake systems in Australia. It's one of the scenery spots listed in the book of "1001 Natural Wonders".

This map shows the places where we have visited in the Myall Lakes NP
A. Nothern Boardwater and Mungo Bush...
We have visited all the lookouts along the way between the strait and the Mungo Bush

Ferry services are provided to transport cars across the strait.

magnificent paperbark trees

They are lined up around the lake like sentinels (哨兵) showing the grandeur of nature.

The light radiates a lovely orange glow.

A beautiful gesture

a giant one

An impressive scene - abundance of paperbark trees around the way we drive

Mungo Brush Rainforest Walk - This loop track winds through an isolated patch of coastal (littoral) rainforest and takes about 30 minutes

The area of rainforest is on an isolated rocky hill. In earlier geological times it was an off-shore island of volcanic rock. The fertile soils derived from the weathering of this material have given rise to dry rainforest, in contrast with the typical vegetation found on the poorer quality coastal dune system.

Dense and beautiful rainforest

Paper-bark trees fringe much of the lake areas
These unique old trees have stunning growth forms and characteristics

Shedding bark like layers of skin, which has an amazingly soft feel to it.
B. Dark Point Walk

Dark Point walk leads over a series of impressive sand dunes and beautiful and unspoiled coastline looking out over Broughton Island.

extensive sand dunes

scattered bush humps in the sand dunes

The bush (Chrysanthemoides monilifera) is purposely planted to reduce dune erosion

Dark Point is an interesting spot and the site of a midden used by Worimi Aboriginal people for centuries. The midden site was fenced off and we couldn't enter to look around.

vegetation in the sand dunes

Strong wind usually happens in this area. It's an interesting scene - Sands blowing around the bottom of the bush hump.

Dark Point is an interesting recky outcrop

Broughton Island in the distance
C. Yacaaba Headland Walk

Walked to the beach in the Porvidence Bay. The Cabbage Tree Island in the front.

Looking North, the Broughton Island in the distance

Crossing sand dunes and heading toward the beach of Port Stephens. A beautiful pond in the sand dune.

Yacaaba Headland

Walking close to the Yacaaba Headland, the Cabbage Tree Island is just in the front.

Is it a rocky shore?

Actually it is formed from the seaweed...

The Yacaaba Head is 217m high and dominates the nothern side of the entrance of Port Stephnes lakeland.

The first stage is gradual and progresses through some beautiful bush.

The Yacaaba Head is an ancient volcanic peak. So there are plenty of giant trees.

The final stage is extremely steep to the summit.

Two beaches viewed from a high point near the summit.

The trig at the summit.

The view at the summit is breathtaking. Tea Gardens just in the front...

大嘴鳥 (Australian Pelican)

D. Seal Rocks Lighthouse
Seal Rocks is an unspoil beach village located 275 km NE of Sydney. Although sitting rather isolated on the edge of Myall Lakes NP, its beautiful lighthouse (Sugarloaf Point), stunning beaches and scenery, provide great appeal for visitors to this area. We encountered a very bad weather, hence we didn't explore further the lighhouse and didn't have any exploration of the Treachery Head and Tagon Gibber Headland which we originally planned.

A beautiful rocky shore on the way near the Lighthouse.

Seal Rocks Blow Hole

It is a magnificent scene where water flows in and out swiftly.

An impressive rock texture

The Sugarloaf Point lighthouse tower is 15 m high, jutting out above the densely vegetated slopes of the headland. The lighthose is well known in the area and has strong social significance for mariners, tourists, and the north coast community.

Below the the lighthouse, keepers' quarters and outbuildings were constructed on the southern side of the headland. To shelter the cottages from the elements, cuttings were made in the headland and stone retaining walls were built to the north.

Construction of the Lighthouse was completed in 1875 with a light powered to 122,000 candelas. In 1996 the light was converted to electricity and powered up to 1,000,000 candelas. In 1997 the light was eventually automated. One unfortunate change being that fewer persons were needed, ending a romantic and adventurous period for those employed as lighthouse keepers.

It's a rare example of being one of two lighthouses in Australia that features an external acccess stairway to the tower.

Randy Vanwarmer - Just When I Needed You Most


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