Sydney’s very own Shipwreck Cove

Sydney’s very own Shipwreck Cove

Who knew Sydney was hiding its very own Shipwreck Cove.

One night, whilst I was aimlessly browsing through Facebook, I came across a video someone had shared titled: ‘Bizarre images captured on Google Earth.’

Of course, how could I resist, I needed to know what weird and wonderful things had been captured. One of the images, was an aerial view of a shipwreck covered in trees, laying in wait of a cove in Parramatta River, which runs alongside Sydney Olympic Park.

My first thought was, no way! How could I not have known about it and why has know one ever talked about it. So, I began a Google search online to determine whether the image was either real or fake. And, turns out, it was real.

In-fact, there was so much information about the Shipwrecks of Homebush, I didn’t know where to start looking to find out where exactly it was and how I could get there. Finally, I managed to piece together bits and pieces of information from a variety of sources telling me exactly where it was.

So, the next day off I went to explore this amazing new wonder of Sydney Olympic Park. And what a treat it was. Bicentennial Park itself is beautiful, even without the Shipwrecks. Filled with a variety of winding tracks to choose from; that you either walk, run or ride your bicycle along. You stroll through mangroves, and alongside the fresh waters of Parramatta River. There is even a wetlands area, where you can admire a wide variety of stunning bird life. My partner and I witness an impressive show by 2 Pelicans, who were feasting on fish, as they were sucked along a causeway and into the wetlands area.

As for the Shipwrecks, they were pretty impressive also.

In total, there are 4 main wrecks to see. All are easily accessible along the path, with some even having signs and viewing platforms to make the experience that much more. Some of the locations are a little overgrown, making it difficult to take the best photo. And due to the park being a Wildlife Protection area for both plants and animals, I can’t imagine the scrub or mangroves being cut back any time soon.

How to get there? Well, that does depend what direction you are coming from. Here’s how we got there:

Head south along Australia Avenue and make a left into Bicentennial Park Drive. Although you can find parking on the street, there are also 5 main off street car parks (which you have to pay for, but are free on a Sunday). We parked in the 4th car park. Once parked, we headed off on foot along a footpath, across the road from the car park, heading in a north easterly direction. If you continue along this path, you will see the Badu Mangroves on your left (if you have time, the walk through the mangroves is very pretty), followed by the large bird wetlands area on your left. There are plenty of signs also, in case you think your lost. Not far up from the wetlands on your right, you will see your first wreck, which is well signed. That’s when you know your on the right path.

Get your camera ready, as the wrecks will start to pop up everywhere now.

The beautiful scenery at Bicentennial Park
The beautiful scenery at Bicentennial Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Esperance: Australia’s jewel

Esperance: Australia’s jewel

Australia has many jewels and Esperance is one of them.

Blessed with over a dozen beaches to choose from and surrounded by turquoise waters, Esperance is a gold mine of natural beauty and wonder.

Located on the Southern Ocean coastline; in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia and approximately 720km south east from Perth, Esperance is a secret slice of heaven for any intrepid traveller.

To be honest, Iโ€™d heard so many stories about Esperance; from its white sandy beaches, its crystal blue waters and the friendly local wildlife who love to greet you when youโ€™re in town. And yet, not once had I ever looked up this tidy little town, hidden in the southern tip of Western Australia, to see what all the fuss was about.

In truth, a lot of those stories had in-fact come from my uncle; whoโ€™s brother lived and worked there many years ago as an abalone diver. So, I was pretty excited when I went to visit my partner in Kalgoorlie; whilst he was working in the mines, and he suggested we take a driver to Esperance on his rostered week off. And sure enough, as promised, the locals came out and gave us the tour (the beach wallaby’s that is).

We only stayed 2 nights in Esperance, as we decided to take a round trip through Perth, before heading back to Kalgoorlie. So depending on what sort of holiday you are looking for, I do feel 2 nights was plenty. We had ample time to explore the many beaches Esperance had to offer, along with a few scenic drives like: Esperance Bay and Cape Le Grand National Park.

Esperance also boasts a spectacular pink lake, which is rather iconic to the area. However, this only happens in summer, when the algae of the lake turns pink. We were travelling in Autumn – so we missed out this time around.

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Stonehenge in Western Australia?

Stonehenge in Western Australia?

Yep! Australia has it’s very own Stonehenge.

The only difference between this one and the one in the UK, is this one was built in 2011.

Located in Esperance; approximately 15178km from the original Stonehenge in the UK, is a full size replicated Stonehenge. Consisting of 137 stones, that weight around 2500 tonnes and carved from Esperance pink granite, the Esperance Stonehenge has been built to appear as it would have looked around 1950BC.

Built by a local farmer; who fell in love with the original Stonehenge when he visited the UK, the Esperance Stonehenge has been built to align with the Southern Summer and Winter Solstice sun.

This was an amazing treat to discover, when my partner and I travelled to Esperance. In-fact, it wasnโ€™t until we checked into the Hotel that we found about it. Thanks to the brochure stand, which was sitting on the counter at reception.

And the best part, unlike the original Stonehenge; where you are kept a fair distance away from the stone (which I totally get, to preserve the area), you’re able to get up close and personal with these stones.

Of course, you don’t experience the same feeling you get when wandering the original site in the UK. But, it certainly gives you a sense of how megalithic the original structure must of been like back in its hey day.

 

And for those of you wondering what else Esperance has to offer, I’ll pop that on a separate blog.

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