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Published July 9th 2012
I had heard that Cape Solander was one of the best kept secrets of Sydney - which maybe true given that I found out about it only after six years of being in Sydney. Anyway, last Sunday was forecast to be a nice day. So, before the weather Gods played truant, me and the wife set out for Cape Solander. Now, from Parramatta it was an easy 1hr run in decent traffic, closer from the CBD I reckon. The lady at the information centre was very cheerful and helpful. We decided not to go for any tours done by volunteers, rarely do I have the patience for it. The lookout was not far from the info centre and was already crowded when we got there just before noon.
We decide to move closer to the waters and sit on the rockies. The whole place has a charm about it, rather romantic. We regretted not bringing cushions to soften the pain for our derrières, and also some wine and cheese for our souls. The weather was perfect - sunny with a light cool breeze. The people around us were all in their own worlds; couples, families and some bikers. It was a relief to be in good company - no loud and bawdy behaviour. A lady did light up, but quickly put it off when we gave her disconcerting looks. Thank you lady in white.
We sat there for a long time and the sun was getting hotter. My fast zoom telephoto lens was making my biceps bulge, as my tripod died on me. We started to make a move when someone shouted "Humpies." We promptly sat our butts down and I got my monstrous lens out. They were humpbacks alright, but moving at a leisurely pace as if they were mating and moving.
The spout of water and steam escaping when they surface to breathe was very clear,and as far as I know, only whales do that. We got a few shots of them and the wife was very excited. Her day was made - she had sighted humpies without paying for it. All we paid was 7 bucks for car entry, which is cheap. The whale watching boats were driving them away I reckon, and they made their way away from us. I had a 200mm lens which acts like a 300mm on a crop DSLR, so I reckon they did come pretty close to the coast as we could sight them with our naked eyes. Cape Solander is good for fishing, picnics, bicycling, walks or just to sit near the water and relax. Lovely place and a must do on your list of things to do.