Limeburners Creek NP, birds and whale watching

A couple of days of camping in Limeburners Creek National Park included some good birdwatching and whale watching.

Driving from the Solitary Islands Coast to Limeburners Creek National Park took us through Coffs Harbour, and via a number of popular headland towns: Nambucca Heads, Southwest Rocks, Crescent Head. Charging at Macksville on this trip was the first time we had to pay for using a fast-charger since leaving Adelaide one month and 4700 km earlier. All other fast chargers on our trip prior to this had been free to use (thanks NRMA!).

View from Captain Cook Lookout at Nambucca Heads
View from Trial Bay Gaol at South West Rocks
A lunchtime charging stop at Macksville

We enjoyed a quiet stay in the Melaleuca Campground in Limeburners Creek NP. We definitely enjoy camping in National Parks, but often use caravan parks with powered sites, because we have to charge our EV. At breakfast we positioned our table so we could watch birds in a large fruiting fig tree that attracted Figbirds, Orioles, Regent Bowerbird, Eastern Whipbird, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes and many others.

A Moreton Bay Fig Tree that attracted lots of birds
These Pied Butcherbirds sing beautifully, but were a bit too friendly!
Grey Fantail

A walk around the nearby headland Big Hill Point took us to an excellent spot for whale watching. A pair of Humpback Whales moved slowly southward into the bay towards Point Plomer, and started tail-slapping which continued for a long time. Apparently this behaviour is a form of communication between whales. We had seen numerous whales previously at Arrawarra headland and Woolgoolga Lookout, but had not seen this behaviour before.

Humpback Whale tail-slapping
Common Evening Brown Butterfly (dry season form) and Green-blotched Moth

To avoid some windy and rainy weather that was forecast for the coastal areas, we then travelled inland to Gloucester. See our trips page for a list of posts and map of our journey.

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