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Norries Headland, New South Wales

Updated on July 25, 2013
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Bronwen has lived in, taught in, and visited a number of countries and loves to share these travel experiences with others.


Not far from the border between the states of Queensland and New South Wales, and right on the lovely coastline, is the small town of Bogangar. This is an aboriginal name for pippies, the bivalve seashells found in this area. The pippies are a very tasty variety of seafood and have been popular with the original inhabitants for hundreds of years.

Today, many people know the area better as Cabarita Beach. That was the name given to a 'development' here that has become popular with tourists and holiday makers. There is quite an amount to see, especially for those interested in water birds and exploring the natural surroundings, including Cudgen Lake, which has some beautiful vistas and great possibilities for the photographer.

One interesting walk is to Norries Headland.

Pandanus on the Track to Norries Headland
Pandanus on the Track to Norries Headland | Source

The Track to Norries Headland

The walk can be shortened by taking the car and parking not far from the Headland, but the best way is to begin at the beginning. That is from the end of a short road that begins right in the centre of the shopping centre. The track is signposted and winds in and out among pandanus trees and other native vegetation on the sandy hillocks. There are many different glimpses and views of the Pacific Ocean and the walk is very pleasant and not too difficult, but it would not be suitable for a wheelchair or walking frame because of the sand.

The track is fenced and there are boards that direct the attention to various points of interest. One tells about the aboriginal middens that are dotted here and there: mounds of pippi shells and other remains of long ago aboriginal seafood feasts.

On the Headland, Looking towards Cabarita Beach
On the Headland, Looking towards Cabarita Beach | Source

Lovely Views from Norries Headland

When the track becomes steep near the Headland, there are steps and handrails and we meet other walkers returning from the highest point. Although it is winter and rather bleak and blustery, there are quite a few people exploring the area as it is school holidays. One of the views is back towards Cabarita Beach (see below).

Although they are not easy to see in the photograph, a number of surfers are enjoying the waves in the lee of Norries Headland. They look a little like seals as their dark heads bob in the water.

Cabarita Beach, Northern New South Wales
Cabarita Beach, Northern New South Wales | Source

Norries Headland is Quite Extensive

We find that Norries Headland is quite extensive and some of us venture out on the rocks to find good places for photographing the heaving seas. We are also watching to see if there are any sea birds looking for their dinner.

Looking out to Sea from Norries Headland
Looking out to Sea from Norries Headland | Source

Good Viewing

Near the furthest point, the vegetation thins on the windswept point. We find that Norries Headland affords good viewing and uncluttered opportunities for taking photos.

Nearly at the Point of Norries Headland
Nearly at the Point of Norries Headland | Source

The Point at Norries Headland

Care is needed in the blustery weather, but when we reach the furthest point, the views are lovely. Some of us venture out as far as possible for good photos.

The Waves Roll in to Diamond Bay
The Waves Roll in to Diamond Bay | Source

Diamond Bay

Then, as we look down at the waves in Diamond Bay and up into the expanse of wintry sky, we spot a couple of seabirds searching the sea below for their food.

Diamond Beach and Brahminy
Diamond Beach and Brahminy | Source
Another Raptor Wheeling Free
Another Raptor Wheeling Free | Source

The Brahminy Kite

The Brahminy Kite is also known as the Red-backed Sea Eagle. He comes closed and we see him in silhouette against the sky.

  • He is a fairly common bird of prey, a raptor, in Northern New South Wales, but this is as far south as he goes.
  • He is well known in South East Asia and is the official mascot of Jakarta in Indonesia.
  • In the second photograph below, we can see a little of his lovely rich chestnut colouring and his white head. His chest is also white.
  • The tips of his wings are black and shaped like fingers. This helps him to glide, wheel and sail on the thermals as his bright eyes search for fish and carrion.
  • Although he has long, sharply curved claws, his feet are not strong, so the cannot take large prey.
  • Some seabirds are not able to fly after getting wet when diving into the sea, but the Brahminy can swim and take off from the water quite well.

The Brahminy Sailing on the Thermals
The Brahminy Sailing on the Thermals | Source

At Sea-level

We clambered down the side of the Headland and enjoyed exploring among the rocks before finding our way back to Cabarita Beach. A lovely walk and that wind certainly blew away all the cobwebs!

Sea-foam on the Rocks
Sea-foam on the Rocks | Source


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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Travelling is certainly worth saving up for, so I hope that you do succeed. It's a pleasure to welcome you to HubPages and thank you for your lovely comments.

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      LaurieNunley517 4 years ago from Deep South

      I want to travel someday! This was really beautiful! Also, thank you for welcoming me to Hubpages.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      teaches12345: Thank you, I wouldn't mind going back again, either, but it's probably a couple of thousand kilometres from where I live, so very special when I go.

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. I think you're the one with the beautiful photos. Blessings and enjoy your day today, too.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Interesting, beautiful and oh so useful Blossom. Voted up and enjoy your day.


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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This post makes me want to head for Norries Headlands. Your photo posts really do enhance the content well. Thanks for the highlights and sharing.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      dghbrh: It was lovely to share it with you. I always love finding out about birds, they're such interesting creatures. Thank you for your comments and vote.

      ameliam.michelle1: Norries Headland is just one of many along the Northern NSW coast. I've been there a few times and just love it. Perhaps one day you may be able to come to Australia and enjoy it, too.

      cleaner3: Thank you, I'm glad you were able to share the read about it.

      kidscrafts: It's great to share some of these places. Hopefully, one day you may be able to come and see them for yourself.

      Mhatter99: Glad you came along on the 'armchair' tour.

      AliciaC: I'm glad that you enjoyed the hub and my photos. I enjoy reading about other people's visits to interesting places, too.

      Gypsy48: Yes, one of my granddaughters was with us and she enjoyed the sea foam, too - and the wind singing in her hair.

      Jackie Lynnley: I spent a week at a Cabarita Beach holiday resort and could easily have spent a second week. There was so much to see, but it was lovely and relaxing, as well.

      Faith Reaper: You do always comment, and they are always so lovely and positive, too, and much appreciated. Thank you again for your great comments; I'm glad that you enjoyed the 'visit.' God bless you, too.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      So lovely and thank you for sharing of your amazing travels to fascinating places. I love traveling along with you through your hubs, as I always comment! All of your photos are beautiful, especially that first one if stunning.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless you,

      Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So beautiful. I could easily spend a few days there. ^

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      The photos are beautiful, my favorite is the sea foam on the rocks. Looks like a nice place to visit.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I enjoyed this hub and its photos very much, Blossom. It's fun to explore other countries at HubPages by reading articles like this!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you again for the wonderful tour.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      What a nice place to visit! May be I should start a list of what to visit in Australia. I never went there yet... but I know there is plenty to see!

      Thanks for sharing this beautiful place through your hub illustrated with your fantastic pictures!

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      wow.. what a beautiful place ..great hub Blossom.!

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      Ameliam Michelle 4 years ago from London, England

      Norries Headland looks an astounding place BlossomSB. Diamond Bay just looks so alluring and captivating. You have just kindled the desire in me to discover this beautiful place in NSW. Loved reading this amazing hub.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Very beautiful trip you have taken us along with. The information about Brahminy Kite is new for me and its sure is very much interesting. The Diamond Bay pics are really awesome. Thanks for sharing this with us here. Shared and votes up interesting.


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