The Solitary Islands of Sawtell

“In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.”
Rachel Carson
On a superb, sunny day (it’s not even officially spring yet!) I decided to explore the headlands and beaches of the local area of my current house sit in the tiny coastal village of Sawtell. Located in the mid North Coast of NSW, a region of the state known for its abundant fruits and lush rainforests, the town was originally named Bongil Bongil by the local Gumbaynggir Indigenous clan.
I love coastal walks for their diversity of landscape and this one certainly didn’t fail to live up to my expectations with ancient craggy cliffs meeting tricolour seas and a beautiful backdrop of stunning mountains. Each twist and turn of the path provided a different panorama.

“The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.”
Blaise Pascal
The full walk can take up to four days but as my time was limited and I had pet caring responsibilities, I only completed a small part of the walk over two days. The weather was overcast on my second walk but the scenery still awed. The clouds created a Turner-esque impression on the sky and sea below. I saw small outcrops of land and presumed these to be the solitary islands for which the walk is named . Both the earth and sea of this area are a nature sanctuary with a wide variety of bird life, both prolific species and those that are endangered. I did my best to look for migrating whales but had no luck on both occasion. Still, I counted myself blessed to have experienced such a magnificent walk.

The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.
The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.
Kate Chopin

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