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Mad Aussie
08-09-2013, 07:38 AM
These photos were all taken about 50 metres from where I've been living this past month.

Stockton Beach is located north of the Hunter River in New South Wales, Australia. It is 32 km (20 mi) long and stretches from Stockton, to Anna Bay making it the longest beach on the Australian mainland. Over many years Stockton Beach has been the site of numerous shipwrecks and aircraft crash sites. In World War II it was fortified against a possible attack by Imperial Japanese forces. During that time it served as a bombing and gunnery range as well as a dumping area for unused bombs by aircraft returning from training sorties. The length of the beach, its generally hard surface and numerous items of interest along the beach make it popular with four-wheel drive (4WD) enthusiasts. Four-wheel drive vehicles are permitted to drive on Stockton Beach provided the vehicles are in possession of valid permits. The beach is also popular with fishermen and several different varieties of fish may be caught.

In some areas it is as much as 1 km (0.6 mi) wide and has sand dunes over 30 metres (98 ft) high although at the Stockton end it is at its narrowest with no dunes. Each year the dunes move north by approximately 4 m (13 ft). The sand on Stockton Beach varies from hard to soft packed and changes daily with the changing winds and weather. The dunes are the largest continuous mobile sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere.

- taken Jul 2013, Stockton, Newcastle, NSW

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3779/9325495730_4375a64b5f_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/astrovisual/9325495730/)
Stockton Beach Sunrise (http://www.flickr.com/photos/astrovisual/9325495730/) by AstroVisual (http://www.flickr.com/people/astrovisual/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7290/9322702441_1cca242df5_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/astrovisual/9322702441/)
Stockton Beach Sunrise (http://www.flickr.com/photos/astrovisual/9322702441/) by AstroVisual (http://www.flickr.com/people/astrovisual/), on Flickr

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2868/9322702965_39a7f088cf_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/astrovisual/9322702965/)
Stockton Beach Sunrise (http://www.flickr.com/photos/astrovisual/9322702965/) by AstroVisual (http://www.flickr.com/people/astrovisual/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7378/9322702187_7f2d2a7ac7_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/astrovisual/9322702187/)
Nobby's Head (http://www.flickr.com/photos/astrovisual/9322702187/) by AstroVisual (http://www.flickr.com/people/astrovisual/), on Flickr

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5531/9322702223_b0414f5708_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/astrovisual/9322702223/)
Stockton Beach Sunrise (http://www.flickr.com/photos/astrovisual/9322702223/) by AstroVisual (http://www.flickr.com/people/astrovisual/), on Flickr

Iguanasan
08-09-2013, 08:41 AM
Heck of a beach! And some lovely images of it. If I had to pick a favourite it would be number 3 from this set. I love the colour. :thumbup:

Marko
08-09-2013, 10:37 AM
Wonderful set MA! As we speak #1 and #2 are battling it out for my fave vote - too soon to tell who will win though I hear the judge is partial to underlit clouds so #1 may have the advantage.

Mad Aussie
08-09-2013, 05:38 PM
Thank you gents. I think #3 is my fav personally.

Those calm waters hold some secrets ... there's been a few Great White Shark attacks along this beach, a murder, and several shipwrecks. If I had a 4WD capable of driving on the dunes I'd go out and get photos of one wreck about half way along the beach.

Hillbillygirl
08-11-2013, 09:31 PM
Very nice MA. Likin #1 and #2 also with a slight nod to #1.

Mad Aussie
08-12-2013, 05:35 AM
Very nice MA. Likin #1 and #2 also with a slight nod to #1.
Thanks HBG :)

chrisflees
08-13-2013, 12:56 PM
I like the entire series, its a tough call between 1 and 2 for my favorite.

Mad Aussie
08-13-2013, 05:21 PM
I like the entire series, its a tough call between 1 and 2 for my favorite.
Thank you Chris

aubintbay
08-14-2013, 09:15 PM
Now thats how to live MA!!! I'll take that second one!

Barefoot
08-14-2013, 10:44 PM
I think #3 is my fav personally.

The third one is nice. Shoot, they're all nice, but I like the last one best. Very appealing comp.

Mad Aussie
08-15-2013, 05:07 AM
The third one is nice. Shoot, they're all nice, but I like the last one best. Very appealing comp.
Hey thanks AB and Barefoot ... glad you like!

Doug L
08-15-2013, 11:39 AM
Thanks for the story about the dunes - hope their aren't any bomb remnants still around. Lovely images - number 2 if I have to pick a favourite.

Mad Aussie
08-15-2013, 05:06 PM
Thanks for the story about the dunes - hope their aren't any bomb remnants still around. Lovely images - number 2 if I have to pick a favourite.
Thanks Doug. I haven't heard of any bombs being found around here yet. We used to get them popping up in a couple of areas back in Qld where I lived though.