Friday, October 20, 2017

Wedding Cake Rock has a really Wide Crack!!!

Bundeena is located in the Southern Sydney and under the purview of Sutherland Shire Council. This suburb is kind of secluded because it has Royal National Park at its backyard. It can be reached by 20 minute ferry ride from Cronulla or by car via Sutherland or Waterfall.

In Aborigin language, Bundeena carries the meaning of 'noise of thunder'. People speculated that name refers to the sound of the wave at Hordens Bay. Bundeena was first identified as unsuitable for settlement until land grants were given in 1830s. After that, the area started to develop. There are about 2,000 residents in Bundeena currently.

Other than the nice beaches, one can explore Royal National Park via Bundeena.

And that's what we did.

  1. We caught the early train to Cronulla Station on Sunday morning to save the public transport cost. (Note: Sunday travel is capped at AUD 2.50, big win!)
  2. Upon reaching Cronulla Station, we followed the sign 'Bundeena Ferry' to the wharf and waited for the ferry. The ferry's schedule can be checked here and don't miss it because it comes in 1 hour interval only.
  3. We boarded the ferry and paid the ticket on board. It cost AUD 7 per person per trip.
  4. After 20 minute journey, we reached Bundeena Wharf and started our trekking journey through the residential area and finally Royal National Park
  5. We stopped briefly at every single nice view that we encountered until we reached our final destination: Wedding Cake Rock.
  6. We walked back to Bundeena, got us some drinks at the IGA supermarket and waited for the ferry to bring us back to Cronulla.
  7. Being standby at the wharf a few minute before the ferry came, we boarded the ferry and paid another AUD 7 for the journey back.
  8. We had our extremely late lunch at an amazing local cafe in Cronulla.
  9. We took the train back home.

The whole journey took us 7 hours in total (1 hour train journey to Cronulla + 30 minute ferry ride  to Bundeena + 3 hour trekking + 30 minute ferry ride + 1 hour lunch + 1 hour train journey back home). The sun was shining so bright that day and we brought back reddish sunburnt skin back home.

Bundeena Ferry

Hordens Bay

Bundeena Wharf

The walking trail

The first stop which is called The Balcony

All the results of erosion

Still far to get to the Wedding Cake Rock

All the rocks get the funny shapes from the water and the wind

Rocks and not logs

Another stop

Hanging rock

Rough sea down below

Can't resist not to pose

The walking trail was much better that I have expected

Another stop
There're ups and downs

The Wedding Cake Rock is the white dot over there

Wedding Cake Rock, finally!!!

Wedding Cake Rock is a sandstone rock formation suspended 25 m above the sea level and found to be highly unstable. The rocks have been bleached to white colour by the abrasion and they are weaker than the surrounding sandstone. It gets the name from the resemblance to a cut wedding cake. The rock formation has a really wide crack about twenty metres away from the edge. Therefore, the area has been fenced up and closed to public.

However, most of the visitors climbed over it, sit at the hanging section of the rock or even do crazy things, such as handstand.


Can you see the wide crack?

Can you see her doing handstand?

I know it's kind of tempting to go but I am a geotechnical engineer and I don't joke with geological instability

Simple explanation of why people should not climb over but got ignored

I am a big supporter of walking and trekking here, but please, nobody should ever risk their life over instagram posts and likes. Just admire it from afar and you have more chances to see different parts of the world which are equally beautiful.

Love is in the air,
Little Feet

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Wollongong Day Trip

Wollongong is located in Illawara, New South Wales, about 82 kilometres south of Sydney. Wollongong is easily reached by two hour train journey from Sydney. As a coastal city, Wollongong is famous for its surfing beach. Many tourists who visit Sydney make their way to Wollongong for a day trip. And that's what I did too!

Lake Illawara was first found in the late 1790s and soon people started to flock into this land. In 1830, a military barrack was constructed near the harbour. It was followed by the city planning in 1834. Wollongong then continued to develop with industries. The population increased from 864 in 1856 to 90,852 in 1954. Currently, Wollongong has about 300,000 population.

Welcome to Wollongong mural near the train station

Wollongong Westfield was first opened in 1965

David Jones was recently renovated

The Uniting Church

One part of Crown Street Mall

My brunch in a little cafe called Lee and Me

The cozy interior of the cafe

WIN Sports and Entertainment Centre

The City Beach

The strip of the beach leading to the light house

Some rock formation under the cliff, exposed during low tide

We rock and we wave

The view towards the beach

The view towards the ocean

And here I spent about 1 hour thanking the universe

The view from the top of the cliff

The Wollongong Head Light House was built in 1936

Some memento from war time

The walk towards Wollongong Breakwater Light House

The Breakwater Light House was first built and made redundant after the building of Wollongong Head Light House

There is nothing the water can hide
Fishing points
Wollongong is the only city with two light houses in close proximity

Apart from the city centre, Wollongong has a really magnificent Buddhist temple located in the suburb of Berkeley. It can be reach by 20-minute bus ride from Wollongong city. This largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere was completed in 1995. It is part of the Fo Guang Shan organization which is rooted in Mahayana tradition and founded by Hsing Yun in 1967.

The back of the temple

The first temple

Guan Yin statue

Second temple with Buddha in all five directions

The five Buddha

The second temple

That's how I spent my one day in Wollongong and I'm glad I didn't scratch it out my list. And now, I've crossed it off.

Counting down the day to go home!

Love is in the air,
Little Feet