Waterlily Wonder

Waterlily Wonder

This digital art is based on a photo I took of Warrell Creek, on the mid-north coast of New South Wales Australia.

“Creek” is a bit of a misnomer as it’s as big as a river, but it’s all relative. The area I lived in is called Northern Rivers, as there six huge, awesome rivers – Hastings, Richmond, Nambucca-Macleay, Tweed, Bellinger, Brunswick, Clarence – which spill into the Pacific Ocean and heavy floods are regular when there’s been a lot of rainfall.

Warrell Creek – Memories. Art Every Day Month November 18

Once again I decided to do something different today because I was going through my photos and found ones I’d taken of Warrell Creek when we were living on the mid-north coast of New South Wales before our move to North Cyprus.

We used to turn off the Pacific Highway to go to Scottshead Beach, a beautiful, virtually unspoilt bay, and on the way would drive along Warrell Creek which ran beside the road.  We turned down to get closer to the creek one day and I took a few photos of views of a river which, on a lovely, sunny, windless day, looked so tranquil and peaceful.

At first I was going to fiddle with one of the photos, then decided that the photo was fine as it was. I simply wanted to share what for me is a very special place but also to let people know that the area from Port Macquarie through to Coffs Harbour has some of the loveliest scenery I’ve seen in Australia. The climate was wonderful, none of the heatwaves you get to the south and north, slightly humid in summer, and lovely bright, sunny days in winter.

Huge rivers run into the sea: Clarence; Richmond; Tweed; Bellinger; Kalang; Nambucca; MacLeay and Hastings. It used to amuse me to see a river the size of Warrell Creek called a “creek” as elsewhere it would be catagorised as a river. And when the summer rains came, the rivers would rise very rapidly and floods were quite common.

Here’s my collage of photos I took that day at Warrell Creek:

Collage: Warrell Creek, mid-north coast of New South Wales, Australia.
Collage: Warrell Creek, mid-north coast of New South Wales, Australia.

>Play-time at Nambucca and Woolgoolga

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Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day here on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, one of those lovely days in autumn when the sky is blue, there are a few clouds dotted around, a bright sun and with the temperature around 22C. So we decided to duck down to a cafe at Nambucca Heads, about half an hour from here, which is right beside the Nambucca River. The views are beautiful and here are two pics of the river, one a general view and one including the gorgeous-looking catamaran which has been moored on the river for a few weeks now:
It’s lovely sitting by the river, we arrived just before high tide so the river was high and running very strongly..  We enjoyed our cup of coffee and, on the way home, I commented to my husband, Bryan, that one day we should drive to Woolgoolga, about 1.5 hours up the coast as this was a place we’d talked about visiting for some time.  We’d driven past it a few times on our travels to and from norther NSW, and we’d been curious about the Sikh Temple which dominates the skyline as you drive past on the Pacific Highway.. Bryan turned to me and said: “Want to go today?” And I said “Yes!”.  So off we went on Mo and Bryan’s Great Adventure to Woolgoolga.
It’s a beautiful drive up the coast with the Great Dividing Range to the West as you drive north, and glimpses of the Pacific Ocean to the East, plus there’s lush, sub-tropical vegetation as well as heaps of banana plantations as this is a big banana-growing area.  There is actually a huge Big Banana fibreglass shape which I really can’t bring myself to photograph as it’s really kitsch, or as my husband calls it, a monstrosity!  When we finally arrived at Woolgoolga, we found it’s a fairly small community of which 50% are Sikhs who own 90% of the banana plantations around the town.  There has been a Sikh presence in this area for well over 100 years and it’s been a splendid example of cultural tolerance and interaction.
We found the beautiful Woolgoolga Beach, but were also delighted to come across the Solitary Islands lookout, a headland which has absolutely beautiful views and is a great vantage point for watching the humpback whales which migrate up our coast from late May to September-October.  So later in winter, when it’s a nice, fine day, we’re going to return to do some whale-watching and hopefully catch a glimpse of humpbacks travelling up the coast.  If that fails, this year I’m intending to go on a whale-watching tour from Coffs Harbour.   
Here are some pics:
The Guru Nanak Gurdwara (‘The Temple on the Hill’)
Solitary Islands Look-Out which is where whale-watching takes place.
 This temple is right beside the highway and is a really magnificent sight.
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Woolgoolga Beach
Woolgoolga Bay from the Solitary Islands Look-Out