The bounties of the Pacific Coast


Tacking Point, talking point

 On a walk with the faithful hound in tow, along a section of Australia's Pacific Coast, we arrived at a beautiful beach, backed by a hill with lush trees and plants alive with birdsong. To the front a fortress of rocks that look like they were from the set of Armagedon. Vast battered, angular leviathans. Behind them a foaming maelstrom, that was the arriving Pacific Ocean, trying to breach their defences.

These were gently rolling waves, but with no vision of them, you would be hard pressed to believe it. Above the rocks, upon a steep hill, sits a lighthouse, a small, demure little building that vastly understates its importance.

For this is Tacking Point. The area where the Oceanic shelf and the deep waters of the Pacific are closest to the Australia's eastern seaboard. Barely 2 km. For mariners this is treacherous territory. For those on land it is a magnet.

Every year, the whale migrations draws thousands, to these cliffs. Sharing the waters are schools of dolphins and above them bird life ready to plunge for stray spoils. They are so close, they are easily seen with the naked eye. No need for tours to distant reefs.

The rest of the year? The raw power of nature, wave and rock contest an eternal battle. Despite this there is something enormously calming. Shallow rock pools, have gently lapping waters. When you arrive, small fish and crabs, dart through their waters to hide behind waving seaweeds. Some when the tide is right, are big enough to swim laps.

It came as no surprise, that all who ambled by shared a comment. In short they simply said "What a place!"

Tacking Point Lighthouse, is still a working lighthouse and is found at Lighthouse Beach, Port Macquarie, New South Wales.

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