Our mid week paddle on Korogoro Creek at Hat Head had all the elements you could wish for:-
- A relaxing, picturesque paddle on a sheltered creek
- Great company
- Sunny skies & calm water ( you could have walked across the ocean )
- Picnic lunch overlooking the ocean
- Whale & dolphin exhibitions
- Bush walk with coastal views
Five of us enjoyed a lovely day out & it was great to catch up with John Rennes on the water again.
Hat Head & Korogoro Creek are in Dhanggati Country & there are three Aboriginal cultural sites in the immediate vicinity of the estuary.
Although considered part of the Macleay River catchment area, flood mitigation works carried out in the mid 1960’s & large floodgates separate the creek upstream from a large wetland known as ‘Swan Pool’ . The creek entrance is permanently open to the ocean & is drop dead beautiful with tree covered hills rising up & some interesting rocky outcrops.The estuary has several endangered ecological communities & supports several threatened species including loggerhead turtles & Osprey.
As we set off from the ramp right at the ocean entrance, pelicans & sea gulls were resting happily on the exposed sandbanks. After we passed under the pretty wooden footbridge we saw a huge grey kangaroo watching us from the bank . Following a leisurely paddle up to the floodgate wall area, John, Bruce, Jane, Bill, myself & ‘Billie’ ( on a training run ) enjoyed a picnic lunch up at The Gap overlooking the ocean. Here we were treated to whales breaching quite close in & a pod of surfing dolphins. There are several picturesque walking tracks up here in the Hat Head National park & Bruce, Jane & John undertook one after lunch.
All in all a great day. Great mid week as it is relatively quiet.