“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” –Mark Jenkins

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Day 262 – 21st January, Thursday, Hawk’s Nest.

Drove through Mungo Brush National Park today and crossed the river on a tiny four-car ferry. We drove along the coastal strip between the sea and the Bombah Broadwater through the Myall Lakes National Park. Very green, very thick and very dusty. We arrived at Hawks Nest and changed into swimmers and just as we got to the water’s edge, the lifeguards sounded the shark alarm and I have never seen 200 people swim so fast in my life!! The shark cruised slowly passed the beach about 30mtrs out and continued down the coast towards Jimmy’s Beach. A helicopter went back and forth over us a few times before the lifeguards put the safe-to-swim flags back up and we were straight into the water. Very exciting. The shark looked to be between 6 and 8 feet long and the water was so clear we saw the complete outline of it in the waves as it passed.

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