I was lured off the boat yesterday under false pretenses, with the promise of a drive down to the central coast, coffee and lunch were mentioned. NO, I repeat NO mention was made of walking in the offer by Sue and Greg. So off we go, first stop for coffee was, if I am not mistaken, about 2 km from where Greg parked the car ?????. the coffee was great - the walk not so much.
We then headed towards Norah Head, you guessed it, car park and destination once again separated by a considerable walk (to me anyway).
Norah Head Light is an active lighthouse located at Norah Head, a headland on the Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia, close to Toukley. It is the last lighthouse of the James Barnet style to be built, and the last staffed lighthouse constructed in New South Wales.
Officially displayed for the first time in 1903, the original vapourized kerosene burner was upgraded in 1923, electrified in 1961 and automated and de-manned in 1994, after more than 90 years of being staffed.
The concrete block tower is 27.5 metres (90 ft) high, topped by a bluestone gallery. (Which I was forced to walk up and down)
On top of the gallery is the original Chance Bros. lantern. This lantern holds the original housing of the Chance Bros. 1st order bivalve dioptric Fresnel lens. Other important structures include the chief lightkeeper's cottage and assistant keeper's duplex, and a flag house.
I must say, despite the walking, the one hour tour of the Lighthouse was well worth doing and highly recommended despite the obvious problem of having to walk.
Next stop with not quite so long a walk was Avoca Beach for Lunch, with a fine view from the first floor restaurant on the Beach front.
It would have been very easy just to sit there and drink the rest of the afternoon away, but Herr Harding goose stepped us back to the car to keep me mobile and the tour on time. A quick stop at Bunnings (Hardware Shop) and Spotlight (Fabric Shop) followed by a stop at Dan Murphy's (Alcohol Shop), well as quick as that can ever be, and we were on our way back to the boat. It was still where we had left her anchored (Always a good way to end a trip ashore) and another great day came to a close.