Today on the Central Coast we took a boat trip on Brisbane Water to Lobster Beach in Bouddi National Park.
We awoke to our third day on the Central Coast to breakfast at cousin Tim’s house in Umina Beach. After a great day at the Australian Reptile Park yesterday, we were quite hungry and even got to try the Australian institution of vegemite on toast too.
Pelicans at Lions Park
Once breakfast was consumed, Hayley’s cousin Dan picked us up from Tim’s house.
Back at Dan’s house, we picked up his boat and made our way to Lions Park in Woy Woy where we would depart to Lobster Beach from.
As Dan was setting up the boat we noticed that there were a number of pelicans in the park. This was because some local fisherman had returned from fishing and the pelicans wanted their castoffs for breakfast.
Interestingly enough, the island opposite Lion’s Park is called Pelican Island. This is an uninhabited nature reserve where these hungry pelicans reside.
On Brisbane Water to Bouddi National Park
Most who know me know I’ve never had amazing balance, so Hayley was quite impressed when I managed to clamber on board Dan’s boat uninjured.
We then set off for Lobster Beach, first of all, sailing by Riley’s Island. This island is now a nature reserve but was once home to a single family in the 19th century called the Rileys. The island actually takes its name from this family.
Dan then sailed around the beautiful St Hubert’s Island with its impressive houses facing onto the estuary. There were quite a few fishermen out on tiny boats around here too.
At the southern side of St Hubert’s Island, we sailed under the bridge which links the island to Ettalong.
From there we sailed under the Rip Bridge at Daley’s Point and towards Lobster Beach.
Lobster Beach, Bouddi National Park
The coastline approaching Lobster Beach was stunning as we arrived. Once Dan anchored the boat in place we waded onto the beach.
Lobster Beach is located within Bouddi National Park. There were only a few other people on the beach who had also arrived by boat. Dan told us that getting here by water is the best way otherwise the walk from the beach is extremely steep.
It was so nice to walk along the beach with the bush behind us and blue water in front. We also managed to have a swim near the boat. Although it was quite evident there was quite a bit of ash in the water from the ongoing bush fires.
After spending some time talking, walking and swimming we made our way back onto the boat. On the way to get some lunch, Dan took a nasty bee sting on his eyelid. Ouch!
We then sailed to Wagstaffe Point where we enjoyed some delicious beef burgers with beetroot. Although, as we were getting lunch I nearly took Dan’s arm off by accidentally pressing the motor button on the boat.
With no further accidents, we then made our way back to Lions Park in Woy Woy to disembark.
Evening meal at Frederico’s Bar and Eatery, Gosford
After a few hours chilling next to Dan’s swimming pool, we made our way out for our evening meal in Gosford with Dan, Shari and Tim. Unfortunately, Tim’s wife Gaby couldn’t join us as she was feeling unwell.
The restaurant of choice was Frederico’s Bar and Eatery which serves Latin American themed food and drink. We sat upstairs where we had a great view of the coastline.
I opted for slow-cooked lamb with rice, beans and spices, it was absolutely amazing. We then had a few more beers and enjoyed spending time with our Australian cousins.
It’s our last day in the central coast tomorrow and we will be heading up the coastline to Caves Beach.