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Monthly Archives: August 2018

Winter coming to an end in Mollymook


A Dry – Wave less Winter drawing to an end.


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Ed’s pic of the smoke during last week’s bush fires



Last Wednesday swimmers arrived at Mollymook beach for their early morning ocean swim with a massive back drop of smoke rapidly moving eastward propelled by strong westerly winds. Ed’s pic above captures the amount of smoke that we were to later hear being caused by fires burning out of control at Mount Kingiman west of Milton-Ulladulla. Below are pics taken earlier that morning.

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Issi swimming with the whales in Tonga


Issi Swims with the Whales in Tonga


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Issi swims with the whales



Issi returns from her trip to Tonga and can’t wait to share some of her pics and videos with the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers of whales and the reef and atolls, she writes that “they are all quite stunning”.   

Issi continues to describe her trip: “My experience, being in the water off the Tongan Islands for about 40 min or so was quite unbelievable, to be about a metre at one point away from whales, under and on top of the water with these majestic huge wild mammals with fins and snorkel/mask, was unbelievable.   We were making eye contact with them.  At one stage the Tongan guide grabbed my fins and pulled me back, I was that close.   To see the juvenile whale and mum interacting at such close view.   I feel very very privileged and so lucky to have done this.   We all felt the same.   I’m still on a high. Also, from our rubber duckie we watched the most amazing breaching by a whale only about 10 mtrs away.”   

To watch Issi’s video’s of the whales click on the following links:           First Video.     Second Video.          

Chris and Sue’s Australian Odyssey


Chris and Sue: Retirement – This is the Life

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It is dry out here

G’day to all at Mollymook! 

Well, after we returned to Far North Queensland we left the trusty motorhome in Cairns and headed up to “The Tip”, Cape York, in our eldest son’s 4WD and rooftop camper. Roughing it, with no shower and toilet, fridge, etc etc but SO much fun! The road was actually pretty good most of the way, having been graded for the school holidays. Nevertheless, we were glad we had not taken the motorhome as it may have turned into an IKEA flat pack given some of the corrugations and sudden dips in the road. 

From Cairns to The Tip is about 2000kms return, and has some of the most isolated and vast, dusty outback in Australia. We really enjoyed the red red dust and sense of vastness, yet pulling up to a station for the night and finding heaps of other intrepid travellers. And when I say station, I mean old telegraph stations or working cattle stations, not Central Railway! 

Most of the rivers and creeks are bone dry at this time of year, but there were a few croc free swimming holes which were wonderful. Water temp was 24 degrees, nice!