Growing up in Sydney’s eastern suburbs meant sun, sand, surf and a wonderful life outdoors. Ok, I wasn’t much of a surfer, too uncoordinated! But that didn’t stop me from hanging out here – Maroubra Beach.
The South Maroubra rock pools were always full of interesting crustaceans, anemones, sea squirts (aka cunjevoi) and the odd blue ringed octopus to which we gave a wide berth. If the north-south runway at Kingsford-Smith Airport was in use then the only other sounds to be heard were the crashing of the waves, the laughing of the children and the crack of rifles on the range behind us.
North Maroubra (below) was where the majority of the surfers hung out. Although the waves today were a little low, and the wind slightly chilly, there were a few brave souls out in the whitewash. The “Rubik’s Cube” in the picture above marks the storm water outlet that, as adventurous teenagers, we walked up inside quite a distance whenever the grate wasn’t in place to catch the rubbish. People have since drowned in there, so I wouldn’t recommend it as tourist destination 😉
Fisherman also enjoyed the rocky outcrops hauling in schnapper, flathead, black fish, sea bream and salmon. About 50m off the coast at North Maroubra is the wreck of the Hereward, a clipper built in Glasgow in 1877. The ship was blown onto the soft sands and wrecked in 1898. Thanks to Stuart Ritchie for the video below.
I have a lot of wonderful memories of Maroubra as a child, a teenager, an adult and a dad, but my fondest occurred earlier this year when Heidi and I got married at Mistral Point overlooking my favourite beach in Sydney.
Heidi and I would like to wish all our friends and family all over the world a very happy new year. We hope that 2016 brings good health, fun and adventure to you all, and we look forward to seeing you online or in person as the year progresses.
Here are a selection of images from the New Years Eve fireworks spectacular over Sydney harbour. These have been sourced from friends, media outlets and our own wobbly iPhones 😉 If your image is here and you’d like it credited please let me know.
Today is our last day in Sydney for quite some time, so here are some miscellaneous shots we took over the last few months and one image that isn’t ours but was very poignant given it was the 100th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli this year.
ANZAC Day 2015
New friend found on the walk to Manly.
After the lightning comes thunder, hail, rain and…shrooms
One of the many places I have slept in my adult life 😉
Blue Tongue lizard stopped for a chat near the Drummoyne Rowers club.
View from Surry Hills across Redfern and out to Port Botany. Take my word for it, its there.
The Bridge from Observatory Hill
Don’t talk with your mouth full.
The Bridge and the Moon as seen from the London Hotel in Balmain.
In this four-part episode, Colonel Gabriel Drax and Major Katana May are investigating some of the horrors lurking in the depths of Pine Gap. The elevator doors opened onto level thirty and the two officers exited the car. Katana began heading toward the southern end of the complex but was called back by her superior […]
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A lot of people have asked me whether anything nice happens to the characters in my book. I suppose with all the giant spiders, Sand Sharks and rotting corpses, you’d be right to assume that this is a horror novel: but its not. Please find a short paragraph or two below that shows the interaction […]
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Here’s the second snippet from my novel – Pine Gap. It is available in Amazon Australia, the UK and worldwide. I hope you find it entertaining. Two tired Tullimbar soldiers trudged wearily through the open elevator doors. It was a long and tedious journey from the basement to the apex of Pine Gap and they […]