H is for Hat Head National Park

A-Z Home Challenge.
This photo was taken from high up on a ridge near the Smoky Cape Lighthouse and looks back along the 30 km of unspoiled beach to Hat Head, which is the conical-shaped mound in the background. From where this photo is taken to far beyond Hat Head itself, is the beautiful Hat Head National Park with an area of 7,396 hectares (about 18,275 acres). Hat Head NP has one of the largest coastal dune systems in the state and is well-known for its profusion of wildflowers and native animals. It has a rich Aboriginal history, containing shell middens, ceremonial grounds and burial sites of the Dunghutti Aboriginal people. I spend much of my spare time in the national park, walking through the paperbark forests, over the headlands and through the coastal heathlands, looking for photo opportunities. The tiny Hat Head village has a population of only 300 but this swells considerably during holiday time as the beach, creek, headlands and national park are popular with holidaymakers who come from as far away as Sydney, 450 km south, and beyond. The seas and waterways are still teeming with fish, whales are a common sight during the season, and the bird life is varied and plentiful. I think it is pretty close to a paradise.
Sounds like a beautiful place to visit. thanks for the beautiful shot & the write up. Great H photo!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Beautiful national park! I recognize the name from some of your other posts. Lucky to have such a close & wonderful getaway. Nicely composed, love the branches in the foreground.
posted October 17th, 2010  
Your paradise sounds so wonderful! Beautiful shot! Liked your commentary - gives a great description of this area; I love the information!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Seems pretty close to paradise!!! Sounds like a wonderful place to relax for all those people in Sydney. This is a beautiful shot too!
posted October 17th, 2010  
unspoiled beaches are rare and mysterious places
posted October 17th, 2010  
Beautiful and I would be there shooting with you. Sounds like a great place to nourish the spirit.
posted October 17th, 2010  
What a beautiful opportunity for photographers. Stunning photo!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Lovely shot,& so interesting,i love the beaches x
posted October 17th, 2010  
Another beautiful place....wishing i was there right now!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Wow, beautiful!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Think I've said before- love seeing the other side of the world! Hope you get Spring soon !
posted October 17th, 2010  
WOW -- my eyes are almost bursting from taking to take in all the beauty of this landscape photograph. Totally, totally awesome.
posted October 17th, 2010  
Ok I changed back!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Thanks everyone for your very kind comments! @Consuelo, not so rare here, thank goodness; @Glynnis, I hope so too. It came for a while then seemed to retreat.
posted October 18th, 2010  
I love beaches and need to get to one soon! Amazing green color to the water there!
posted October 18th, 2010  
Special colouring in your painting like image, very pleasant and enjoyable.
posted October 18th, 2010  
Gorgeous shot Robin,gorgeous greens in the water and I really like the way you have framed it with the trees,beautiful spot!
posted October 18th, 2010  
What a gorgeous place! I love the colours
posted October 18th, 2010  
Excellent shot with the bushes like a frame. And what a beautiful landscape. It seems a very worthwhile a visit with the animal life and nature's beauty.
posted October 18th, 2010  
Hi Robin...hope you're OK and just taking a breather from 365! Miss your brilliant and informative pictures though (not that I want to put any pressure on you!)
posted October 19th, 2010  
A postcard image! I love the coloured layers and your framing with just some branches on the side.
posted October 19th, 2010  
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