BATHE BETWEEN THE SAFETY FLAGS
When swimming at Nobbys or any city beach in Australia ALWAYS swim between the safety flags.
Nobbys Beach has its own Surf Club and its own dedicated group of Surf Lifesavers.
Australia prides itself on its Surf Life Saving fraternity of mostly volunteers who save thousands of swimmers every year that get into difficulties on our marvellous beaches. Every day beaches are inspected for dangerous rips etc, and the safest area then is "Flagged " with two yellow/red safety flags that mark the designated area that is safe for swimmers and only swimmers. NO board riders are ever allowed in these safe areas.
Make sure that when you swim on this beach you "SWIM BETWEEN THE SAFETY FLAGS"
Speaking of storms
When the swells are up and people come to have a look it never ceases to amaze me just how many people still get caught.
If you haven't been raised or taken part in surfing I have only one word to say - BEWARE!
It always happens on Nobbys Breakwall. Every time the seas are up, people go out to have a look and don't notice the bleeding obvious signs that something is afoot; i.e. water. All they have to do is look right where they're walking and they could see that salt water is all over the footpath but, they plunge on regardless without a thought.
My recommendation is that after you've noticed that there's water on the walk, keep an eye out for the swells coming in. If it looks like it might be a big one, take care.
As you can clearly see in these pics, not everyone does.
Years ago, when you used to be able to drive out here, a VW was washed off the wall and into the harbour which will give you some idea of just how dangerous it can be.
- Hiking and Walking
Beware the storm
There were around 50 ships off the port of Newcastle. The day was June 8th, 2007. There had been a severe weather warning and most ships took the hint and cleared out. Some, however, grossly underestimated nature's power. At one stage four ships were in danger of founding. The first one to beach was the Pasha Bulker, an ore carrying ship of 40,000 tonnes and around 230 metres long. It came in on one of Newcastle's most popular beaches, Nobbys, after initially being stuck on the reef out the back.
At times it was pounded severely (pics 1-3), the fierce winds smashing the spray skywards over its huge bulk. It was an awesome sight.
The crew had to be rescued (pic 4) and the rescue chopper men did a magnificent job in appalling conditions to get all the crew off safely.
As for the other three boats, they all managed to get to safety, one only narrowly after sending out an S.O.S. and getting timely tug assistance. It was only 700 metres off another beach. To some, that may sound a lot. Believe me when I say that with these huge ships that's about a whisker from disaster.
- Sailing and Boating
- Adventure Travel
Generally, most of the Australian are very nice and friendly but there are expectional too. We were advised to stay in out hotel after 10pm as it is dangerous for Asian to walk on the street at night.
Well we thought ok, maybe a bunch of us walking wouldnt be a prob as the bigger the group, the safer it is. We were wrong, we were attacked by youngsters driving cars and bikes and also thrown by stones. So my advise is, always heed the local advise.
At first glance this Dante-esque panorama of Bar Beach to Merewether Beach looks surreal and the colours false.
It is, in fact, the backdrop to an iferno the like of which would do Dante proud.
Inland, as the fires rage and destruction is wrought on man, beast and flora alike, without fear or favour, a pall drifts across to the coast, fanned by the hot northerly summer winds streaming across the parched brown plains.
As the earth spins and the sun falls to the horizon, so its rays are filtered through the dark gray smoke.
This then, is the result.
The moral is, don't drop your cigarettes or anything else likely to bring calamity to our otherwise beautiful country.
Very large bugs. Leave the...
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