So I woke up just before 6am this morning, after a pretty average nights sleep. The weather last night was if there was a hurricane surrounding the car, making it wobble with the wind and hammering it with rain.
When I woke up and looked outside it was much nicer this morning, pretty clear skies with cloud out to sea. As for the surf I'm glad I didn't get my hopes up too much - it's clearly bigger than yesterday, but it's so stormy due to the wind it's hard to tell.. There is no chance of a wave here, so I guess I will keep moving up the coast till I find somewhere worth getting wet.
Having had some breakfast I walked the length of the beach, across the rock platform/reef at the northern end, then up to the top of that next smaller beach. The surf had a little more shape but still completely unsurfable up there too, so I got in the car and headed north to 'Scarborough Beach' about 15 mins drive.
The surf hadn't changed there, and it was a pretty dull and very windy beach, so I just carried on up to the next one, about 10 mins further again, called 'Stanwell Park'. Here was much nicer, and there was a nice sheltered park behind it. I decided this was as good as anywhere to spend the day, so I parked up and went off to look around.
Surprise surpsie there was no change in the state of the sea here either. Walking along the beach it looked as of if was about 4/5ft but the wind was just ruining everything. I walked the whole beach and some of the area behind up the hills over looking the beach etc, then got back to the car.
The landscape is much like the UK coastline around here; much more 'hilly' with smaller bays and sandy beaches. The 'towns' are more down in valleys too, so to get from one place to the next is up and over the headlands. I felt like going for a bit of a skateboard, but because it is so hilly there isn't anywhere you can go along a cycle path or anything.
By about 10am it was another mostly cloudy day, but with breaks of sun for about half an hour at a time. It's a bit warmer today, reaching about 22 apparently, so out of the wind and in the sun it's quite nice. I must admit though im looking forward to being further north where you can sit on the beach and it's 30+ degrees all day!
Having been looking in my surf book, and at the map etc, between here and Sysney the coast appears to very similar to this all the way. There seems to just be small towns dotted along and similar beaches and headlands all the way up. I think the majority of it North of here is all a national park too, so if will be quieter still.
I have organised with Craig, one of my Spot X friends, that I will meet him in Sydney on Thursday. He is living in a flat/apartment in Sydney so we'll cruise around and go out for beers that night probably, and I'm going to crash at his. If I hear from Flo I'll see if we can meet up with her at some point too. Then Friday I will endure the 9 hour drive up to Spot X I think.
I spent most of the rest of the day reading or listening to music in the park, and fortunately it was more sunny than cloudy most of the time.
Later on I went and sat on the beach for a while, and the tide had dropped significantly. It wasn't surfable but the outer sand banks were starting to cause some half decent waves. The wind is due to be offshore tomorrow morning, do hopefully the stormyness will have blown out of it and I might actually get a surf in..
I moved the car down to a small and quiet beach carpark just down the beach from the other one I had been in all day. There I cooked some dinner etc. I saw a group of guys going out for a surf as there was still an hour of light, so I went down to the beach and watched from the dunes. I so glad I didn't bother, they were just getting hammered trying to ride shore breaks. The bodyboarders looked to be having fun getting smashed and washed up onto the sand though..
(Photo - evening sun on the beach as I watched those guys clowning around in the surf).