Happy New Year everyone,
(if I'd been a really dedicated blogger I would have posted that at midnight, but I'm afraid I slept through it - haven't got the stamina anymore)
My mum always believed that one should have a good time on new years day because it set the tone for the rest of the year, so we always went out for the day - usually resulted in everyone coming home hot, tired and grumpy - but we still keep up the tradition despite the result.
Today we decided on driving south so we could go across the new(ish) Sea Cliff Bridge at Stanwell Park.
It opened in December 2005, but until you've actually crossed it, it's still new, isn't it?
Here's the view from Bald Hill Lookout at Stanwell Tops, there is a memorial to Lawrence Hargrave who carried out his first flying experiments from here and this is also the launch pad of the local hang gliders.
Over on the last headland you can just see the curve of the bridge (or go to flickr and enlarge pic)
This is Stanwell Park - the beaches all along the coast have been closed to surfing because of the rough conditions this week, but there are still a few risking the surf here.
Here's a zoom in on the bridge - very hot, windy hazy conditions
We drove across and parked on the far side then walked part way back
This is the cliff that towered over the old road, the signs that said "Beware of falling rocks" weren't really much help, and eventually it had to be closed
...and this sign is probably as effective as the "falling rocks" signs - the whole area is riddled with old coal mines, so you can only hope the engineers who designed the bridge knew where they were putting it.
we came home hot, tired, but not a bit grumpy (although I'm getting there - typing this with a shaking wreck of a dog wedged under my feet while the kids over the road let off fireworks in the street)