The surrounding sites were marvelous. We even got some exercise going down to the beach and back up the stairs to the top of the hill.
We met a new friend at Harry's Lookout. It's a goanna. The Aussie family who showed it to us called it a water lizard. It wasn't afraid of us and seemed satisfied that we helped it get a drink of water. In return he patiently posed for the camera. We were warned earlier that we don't want a goanna bite. They are not poisonous but their mouths are full of bacteria and it's an automatic trip to the hospital for treatment. Whoa!!!
|Also if you stand still like a tree, they will climb you - naw, we did not want this "grandis" lizard climbing us!|
|What more could we ask for than our own, private little beach?|
This is the tallest tree in New South Wales. It is about 400 years old and we feel we can relate. A Senior Missionary in the tree world!!! The site is called Grandis which basically means grand and large. This is a Flooded Gum Tree. This area has a lot of these trees in different sizes. Some have fallen. It reminds us a little of the Redwood Forests in California.
Nearby palm trees are also very large. The forest is full of these trees, too. We were now in the rain forest - 5 k's on a dirt road. It was definitely the road less traveled. But the peace and quiet were deafening.
|Every forest must have it's own, quintessential outhouse. Also referred to as a toilet. Welcome!|
|Possibly the next tallest tree in New South Wales with a very small representative of humanity in the front.|
These are photos of the road to Grandis so we could see the tallest tree. These show the abundance of trees in the area. So, what is new? This is New South Wales. There are beautiful trees everywhere!
These views of the M1 show how this heavily used freeway was a difficult one to build. The rock doesn't move easily. Everytime we return from the North, this site tells us we are close to home. Whenever we see the trees coming out of the rocks, we are reminded of the phrase "Bloom where you are planted".
|This is a "beaut and grandis" scene. The Sydney Australia Temple backed up by a full moon.|
|We had some visitors from Sweden-recently released missionary (Elder) Robert Baker and his sister, Sophia. It was good to see them and we had some nice chats.|
Following a lease signing it was good to have lunch at the nearby "beaut", Dee Why Beach. Our lunch was the ever-favorite Kabab sandwich. It is flat bread with meat, hummus, tahini, cheese, veggies, lettuce, onions, and sweet chili sauce! It's a bargain at $8 and missionaries love them.
The older gentleman above was putting on his flippers and preparing to surf - he must have been close to 80 and is our newest idol. Beaut!
|Notice the Sydney skyline in the background.|
|This is Captain Phillips Lookout. He was the first captain who brought the convicts over.|
And totally out of order are the last three beautiful photos of Shelly Beach and Port Macquarie. The house above is the B & B we stayed at. We are going to try those from now on.