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Flashback Friday: A picnic in the Royal National Park

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Royal National Park

One of the things I love the most about Sydney is its proximity to a plethora of state and national parks. Knowing this, the Happy Gwailo planned a picnic in the Royal National Park about two months after we first started dating.

He was still trying to impress me at the time, so he had gone all out. There was roast chicken, some ham and prosciutto, cheese, and lots of good bread. The piece de resistance was a bottle of non-alcoholic champagne – non-alcoholic because I don’t drink and he had to drive. The last time we went for a picnic, we had defrosted bread with leftover roast beef and whatever cheese we had in the fridge, washed down with water. Talk about a drop in standards!


Neptune’s Necklace seaweed in the Royal National Park

After lunch, we went for a wander down to the beach. The tide was out and the beach was covered with swathes of what I later discovered to be Neptune’s Necklace, a type of seaweed. I”d never seen anything like it before. I remember thinking they looked like lots of creepy tentacles, and it didn’t help that the seaweed crunched underfoot as we made our way across the beach.


Sea Cliff Bridge

On the way home, we drove across the Sea Cliff Bridge. It’s a beautiful cantilevered bridge spanning the coastline between Coalcliff and Clifton. My photo really doesn’t do it justice, so I’ve sourced the one below from Wikimedia.


Sea Cliff Bridge from Stanwell – courtesy of Wikimedia

The bridge is a great feat of engineering and has spectacular views of the coastline. Apparently, it’s a really good place for whale spotting as well, although we didn’t see any on our drive.

This picnic happened almost two years ago now, but I still have many fond memories of this picnic – the first of many.

This post is inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Textures.

5 comments on “Flashback Friday: A picnic in the Royal National Park

  1. Irene
    August 5, 2017

    Beautiful photos. Hope to get to Sydney one day.

    • James
      August 5, 2017

      A recommendation I do not think you are alone in for a nice vacation.

    • Penne Cole
      August 6, 2017

      It’s a great place to visit. Hope you do get a chance to come!

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