Wednesday, October 19, 2011

stockton beach- day 1.

Stockton Beach is Australia’s largest sand mass with over 3500 square kilometres of white sandy dunes- some reaching up to 30 metres high! It is 32 kilometres long (20 miles) and stretches from Stockton to Anna Bay. To say this place is a four-wheel driving enthusiasts playground would a bit of an understatement. While pictures can’t really capture the true views that you get when you are there, just imagine you are in the middle of a desert on the edge of a huge hill… are you there? Okay, good!

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When we arrived the weather was still a bit grey and windy but we went straight to the beach so that Max could get his first glimpse of his favourite place. The surf was up and he was in heaven watching the waves as they rolled in. He could watch the surf all day… every day.

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After a quick look at the beach we headed to the pub to meet up with our friends Brooke and Aaron. Aaron is one of Max’s very best friends, but because they live in Melbourne and we live in Brisbane we don’t get to see them as often as we would like.  I wish I had gotten a picture of the welcoming hugs and laughs that always happen the first time Max and Aaron see each other after a long stint between visits. It warms my heart and makes me happy to see how all of that time fades away and it is like it was yesterday when they last saw each other.  Immediate jokes about how much fatter the other one is and how Max needs a haircut. While they are both so different, it is shocking to see how much alike they are too.


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After a quick drink and some hot chips (French fries) at the pub, we headed straight for the sand dunes to find Sledge and Alicia who were driving up the beach from the other end of Stockton.


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THIS is where we found them… Can you see the little red jeep there in the distance??  Yep- that is Sledge and Alicia!


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From that point on it was all go for the boys.  Engines revving up and down the dunes.


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It wasn’t long before someone got bogged. In Aaron’s defence, this car weighs nearly 3 ton and the sand was REALLY soft.  I like how Max is just sitting there watching (most likely giving unwanted directions on how it should be done, hehe.  These two are just like brothers I tell you!).

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Over the years Stockton Beach has been the site of numerous shipwrecks and aircraft crash sites. During World War II these large concrete pyramids (tank traps) were installed in an effort to protect the beach against a possible attack by Imperial Japanese forces.  While these tank traps make for pretty cool pictures, I imagine they would be pretty dangerous if the wind was just perfect and they were covered by the soft sand…

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[this picture is for you Aaron :)]

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It is really hard to actually capture the true depth of the dunes and accurately show how big they really are, but this picture might give you a better idea of what the dunes look like.  I took this picture from a really high dune and those trees you see are regular sized trees that are down the other side of the dune.


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After a particularly crazy drive (which I have on video but can’t seem to get it to work on here…. more on that later) we came to a stop with a flat tire.  Lucky for us Aaron and Brooke were fully prepared and the tire was fixed in a matter of minutes. 

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After hours on the dunes we began to get hungry and decided to head for home.  On our way back down the beach we ran in to this beauty.  It looks like we weren’t the only ones enjoying the sand!

I have heard Max talk about Stockton over the years- raving about the dunes and the experiences he has had there. I have to say, this place exceeded my expectations and left me excited to do it all over again the next day. 


More pictures (and hopefully videos) of day two at Stockton to come tomorrow!

2 comments:

  1. you take such great pictures!! what kind of camera do you have?

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  2. Looks like an amazing place and a great time with good friends!

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