Whales and an experience money can’t buy

On a recent weekend with nothing to do, we decided to take a short drive down the coast. Parking at Garie Beach in the Royal National Park, we set off north along the coastline, clambering our way up the headland and then off into uninterrupted bushland for as far as the eye could see.

After a few hours of walking, we passed a small path off our trail and decided to check it out. After walking 30 or so metres through thick bush, the path opened up on to the cliff edge. Sitting and looking over the sheer drop into the ocean, I was struck again by that feeling of happiness that only comes when I immerse myself in natural surroundings.

With feet dangling over the edge, the unmistakable sound of air being exhaled from a whale’s blowhole drew our attention to a Humpback mother and calf swimming only 100 metres from the base of the cliff. We spent the next half an hour watching the mother breaching and launching her entire body out of the water in what seemed like a lesson in play.

With no noise, except for the light breeze and waves hitting the rocks below, we sat in silence, mouths open and staring in wonder as we were treated to an experience money can’t buy. I was reminded that good things don’t happen to those who sit idle. They come to those who put themselves in situations where the ‘out of the ordinary’ can happen.

Sitting close to the edge, hoping a strong wind doesn't come up!
Sitting close to the edge, hoping a strong wind doesn’t come up!
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Looking down the coast
Looking down the coast.
World's friendliest Kookaburra.
World’s friendliest Kookaburra.
Spring is on its way and the wild flowers are beginning to bloom.
Spring is on its way and the wild flowers are beginning to bloom.
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