A Little Slice of Paradise ~ The Allan Gibson Boardwalk, Lake Curalo, Eden

Wooden boardwalk through tea trees.

Boardwalk (03 Jan 2010)

Australia, when it is not being buffetted by typhoons, razed by bushfires, innundated by floods or ravaged by droughts, is blessed with a wonderful climate where sunny clear-blue skies predominate even in winter: truly a Lucky Country.

A couple of years ago, in preparation for our re-patriation from Asia, we bought a small house on the southeastern coast of Australia – our little patch of the Lucky Country – where we intend to retire.

The town is aptly named Eden.

Almost surounded by the eponymous Twofold Bay, this working fishing village and popular holiday resort boasts a safe deepwater habour for recreational and working boats at its heart, beautiful swimming and surf beaches within its boundaries and National Parks all around. It truly is a little paradise!

More about all of that some other time.

Our neighbourhood sits on an estuary, a salt-water inlet, where we can join others in walking running or cycling on the elevated Allan Gibson boardwalk, running through the tea trees. This is our little slice of paradise.

Landscape: Palm leaves, green grass, misty lake and low hills in the backgrounds.

Morning mists on Lake Curolo (05 Nov 2011)

Close-up: Predominantly green rainbow lorikeet sitting on a branch

Rainbow Lorikeet over the Estuary (04 Oct 2011)

Six Little Pied Cormorants on a log surrounded by water.

Little Pied Cormorants (02 Jan 2010)

Water landscape: Several adult swans and cygnets on a grey water.

Black Swans and Cygnets (04 Jan 2012)

White Faced Heron in water and red and green shrubbery

White Faced Heron (02 Jan 2012)

It will take us some time to be able to identify the bird- and plant-life along the boardwalk; every time we run or walk along it there are different lights and colours.

Orange six-petal Flowers against the green of Tea Trees

Orange Flowers against the Tea Trees (02 Jan 2012)

White bottle-brush with bee hovering

White bottle-brush (06 Nov 2011)

Wooden elevated pathway curving into tea trees.

The boardwalk runs beside the estuary (Lake Curalo) and into the tea trees. (09Nov2011)

Blue Fairy Wren (female) on a wooden fence-post guard rail

Blue Fairy Wren (female) on a Guard Rail: Allan Gibson Boardwalk (02 Jan 2010)

Of course, we are not the only ones using the boardwalk, which links the estuary to a sporting ground, a camping site and the beach, and even when there are no people in view, they are in evidence. Weekends and holidays, it is busy with people cycling, running, fishing, walking or just sitting reading.

Turquoise and white canoe on green grass, next to tea trees

Boat on the Estuary (09 Nov 2011)

Scene: Sun on the water, a lone runner on the boardwalk

Lone runner on the boardwalk (06 Nov 2011)

Tuft of grasses in a salt water estuary.

Grasses in Lake Curalo (06 Nov 2011)

People cycling, reading and fishing on a curving elevated boardwalk

There is always a mixture of life on the boardwalk. (02 Jan 2012)

Man fishing in a colourful estuary

Fishing in Lake Curalo (31 Dec 2011)

Four black swans against a purple evening sky and water.

Black Swans at Nightfall (05 Nov 2011)

Text: Happy RamblingAlthough we have moved in, it will probably be some time before we really “retire”. Still, when it is so nice being at home, we might travel a little less.

Whether you are at home or away: Happy Rambling!

  • susan race - January 23, 2012 - 12:09 pm


    • Ursula - January 24, 2012 - 2:28 am

      Thanks, Susan! Not exactly the Matterhorn, but we like it. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Judy Phillips - March 16, 2012 - 11:54 pm

    I met you briefly at Coolem Q/land last September, we know Gabe through business and he gave me your card. I am thoroughly enjoying your photo’s and seeing your love of nature and travel expressed with joy through your photo’s. Keep up the great work.ReplyCancel

    • Ursula - March 17, 2012 - 12:14 am

      Hi Judy! I do remember you and your husband. 🙂

      And, I remember Coolum fondly (even did one post on it) and hoped we’d be back next year. Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ll make it.

      I’m so pleased you like the blog.


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