May 4 Woolgoolga

May 4, 2013


Woolgoolga Headland south
Woolgoolga Headland south, Solitary Islands
Wolgoolga good whalewatching
Wolgoolga is a fine spot for whalewatching


Wolgoolga poppadoms
‘Woopi” is known for its Curry Festival, an Indian woman was feeding the gulls uncooked poppadoms – they were not interested

A disaster – my Sony A57 breaks down, ‘camera error’ – I borrow Wyn’s pocket Nikon.

Asparagus bush_wb
Asparagus bush tucker
Greg Stevens Aboriginal guide with flathead track
Greg Stevens, Aboriginal guide, Coffs Ambassador Tours

Went on a bush tucker tour at Wollgoolga with Greg Stevens who was brought up on Moreton Island.

Tally: Oysters (two species), figs, Dianella, Bush Celery, Warrigal Greens, Asparagus Bush, Lilly Pilly fruit (cooked with eggs, you can eat the pips as well), Pigface, and Sweet Sarsaparilla.
He said as kids they loved eating Fruit Bats (wouldn’t touch them now) and Rainbow Lorikeets.

Buster wreck
Wreck of Buster, Woolgoolga, one of the best preserved wrecks on the east coast

More on Buster

Last year a Green turtle laid eggs just 50 metres away from the wreck. Green turtles nest on islands and coastal beaches all around the world and north of Australia, down to the subtropical waters of southern New South Wales. Female green turtles are great travellers, one tagged 2,500 ks between feeding grounds and nesting beaches. The average in Eastern Australia seems to be about 400 kilometres. They have been around for a 100million years, since the dinosaurs, but are now threatened by

  • nesting beaches being lost to coastal development,
  • accidental capture by longline fishing and nets,
  • predation of the eggs by feral animals,
  • unsustainable harvesting of adult turtles and eggs, and
  • eating of being entangled in marine debris, plastics, nets, etc..

Global warming is another problem. The sex of turtle hatchlings is determined by the incubation temperature, warmer nests create more females, possibly males will die out if temperatures rise too much.

Turtles Australia


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