While staying in Austinmer to the north I decided to take advantage of the local bus for a day trip to Bulli, the final stop off on our virtual holiday on the Illawarra Coast. My only memory of this area was hair-raising trips down the notorious Bulli Pass, the steep mountain pass which links the top of the Illawarra Escarpment to the coastal area below.
After alighting from the bus I proceeded to walk east to find the ocean. Little did I know the coastal strip is much wider here than at Austinmer, and it was quite a long way before I saw any water. I was relieved to come across an afternoon soccer game at Bulli Park, with the Pacific Ocean behind it.
As I approached the headland I could see parasurfers taking advantage of the waves off the point.
Looking to the north towards Sarandon Point, the sun was gleaming on the water of the bay.
A traditional Australian seawater pool looked lovely, but being mid-winter, no-one was having a splash.
Instead, families were making the most of the nearby playground.
To the south was a long sweep of beach towards Bellambi.
A nice day to be out with the metal detector looking for treasure.
This is how we do winter on the Australian east coast. I guess I am pretty lucky to live in such a temperate part of the world.
I found a bus stop and was happy to continue my day trip in the area in the comfortable, if infrequent, local buses.