Fast forward the 1-1/2 hours it took us to drive to Tanilba Bay. Upon leaving the air conditioning of the car, we quickly realized it was just as hot at the coast.
I chose Tanilba Bay and the Tilligerry Peninsula specifically because the area is best known for its large native koala population. Today I wanted to see a koala in the wild. Bob and I are both very good at spotting wildlife, so I had confidence we would have a sighting.
The Tilligerry Habitat Reserve was the first place we wanted to try. I checked in at the info centre and found out koalas sleep in the daytime. Our best bet to find one would be to look for the type of tree with leaves they eat and look for a sleeping, ball-shaped, furry, grey animal.
A guided tour was just returning to the info centre. The people coming back did see a koala. They pointed out the general location on the map for us to search. We headed out on our own through the reserve, map in hand.
|Beautiful forest next to the bay.|
Bob and I searched and searched for a koala. We searched where the people who had returned from the tour told us they saw a koala. The only thing I found in that area was a tawny frogmouth (bird).
|Tawny frogmouth (bird).|
|Tanilba Bay--tide's out!|
|We have no clue how this koala is staying in the tree.|
|Ant's nest in a tree.|
|Bob searching for koalas.|
|Stilt bird of some kind.|
|Lemon Tree Pizzaria--good eats for lunch.|
|A beautiful car.|
|Beach park by marina.|
|Lemon Tree Passage Koala Reserve--didn't see koalas here.|
When we were through exploring the Tilligerry Peninsula, we drove to Nelson Bay (a town on the Tomaree Peninsula).
|View from Anna Bay Picnic Area in Tomaree National Park.|
|Next stop Nelson Head|
|Nelson Head cottage now a museum and tea house.|
|View from Nelson Head to Tomaree Head.|
|Pool and hot tub by our unit--not heating--will be fixed Tuesday.|
|Kookaburra surveying for its dinner.|
|Don't know what kind of birds these are.|
After our walk, we made dinner, watched Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in Goldeneye. Then Bob watched a Jason Bourne movie and I wrote my blog.
Good day today.
Travel Bug out.