On the Rocks – Catherine Hill Bay

July 1, 2014 at 9:20 pm | Posted in Australia, Nature, Tourism, Travel | 6 Comments
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On the winter solstice, my husband and I went to one of our favourite places near home – Catherine Hill Bay. But this time, instead of walking around the old jetty and the rocks at the south end of the beach, we walked along the beach to the rocks at the northern end and explored there.

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The cliffs and most of the rock shelf are not solid as are most rocky seashores along the Australian coast. Instead they are conglomerates – millions of rocks compressed together by the pressure of their weight over many millennia.

They are constantly being broken up by the action of wind, rain and waves. Large chunks sometimes fall from above.

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That area is rich in coal, and there are many mines from the coast right through to the inland. The Hunter Valley (Catho is just south of it) is well known as a coal-rich region, and the first white people were quick to find the seams that ran along the coastal cliffs.

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Brightly coloured lichens cover the rocks in places.

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A creek has worn its way through the conglomerate and opens onto the sea.

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There are some interesting shapes in the sandstone which sits under the conglomerate layer.

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This is where the creek empties into the sea. Rock fishermen enjoy the sunny day as children play around them. The waves wash across the rocks as the tide comes in.

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As we walk back towards the beach, you can see more of the sandstone – conglomerate layers.

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I love the white crashing waves that wash across the rocks.

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Do you like the sea? The rocks? What is it about land meeting water I wonder that catches our emotions?


(c) Linda Visman

Photos taken by Linda Visman

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  1. Fascinating post, Linda.

  2. Beautiful. I never cease to be amazed by God’s breathtaking creations! Thank you for sharing this.

  3. I love the sea: it appeals to all my senses. There’s nothing like the sound of the waves or the smell of the ocean.


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