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D is for …

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Davistown
I am beginning to appreciate the scenic area in which I live as my husband and I start exploring a small part of it each fortnight. We have lived here near 30 years but only now are making a real effort to get to know what it has to offer. A few weekends ago we travelled to the local destination of Davistown. It is part of Gosford City situated on Cockle Channel, an arm of Brisbane Water. We took a walk along the Illoura Reserve Walk .

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Davistown (according to the Gosford City Council  webpage) was named for the concentration of Davis family members living in this area. They were ship builders. The area came to be populated with the Davis’s and their families, hence the name Davistown.
The part of Davistown in the vicinity of Lintern Street wharf was once known as Bedlam. It was reputed to have been the location of the largest Aboriginal camp in the district during the days of early white settlement. The Davistown district was home to the Guringai tribe, whose country stretched from the north side of Sydney Harbour, north through Pittwater and Brisbane Water, to the southern end of Lake Macquarie. Signs of habitation in the Davistown area include a rock shelter and shellfish middens. Burramun is believed to be the aboriginal name for the Davistown area. (LINK)

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Ferries still work this waterway today, having first been active prior to the opening of the opening of the Rip Bridge in 1974. The small communities around Brisbane Water relied on little ferries to get them to Woy Woy and Gosford. We didn’t take a ride on the public ferry this time but I’d like to give it a try another day.

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Today many beautiful homes face this pretty waterway. While we walked along, close to the water’s edge, we watched children frolicking in the water, people fishing from a jetty, boats bobbing on the small wash created from the slowly meandering boats, dogs being walked, balls being kicked and a café echoing laughter as people sipped their beverages.

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This one pelican sure took his position seriously.Although its not easy to see in the photo the small blue and white sign down the pole says “SURVEILLANCE AREA” .

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Do you take time to get out and enjoy the area in which you live? Sometimes the best is closer than you think .

 

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Author: Travelling Macs

A mum to 2 grown up children who always make me proud, a wife and a full time school teacher. I love eating great food but am not motivated to cook. Love traveling around this great country in which I live. Often found traveling with my husband Brian. I write for pleasure and if it's read (and enjoyed) by others then that's a bonus! 2014 saw me begin the 'new' me. Working hard at leaving the fear of 'what if' behind and replacing it with YOLO adventures. :)

6 thoughts on “D is for …

  1. It’s very pretty! We have only just started to get out and about where we live and it’s taken us 4 years to get motivated!

    • With young children it is always a bit harder. When mine were young we tended to visit only one of the local beaches ( regularly) cause it was soft waves for kids and one park cause it had a great bike track for scooters (then bikes as they grew.) . getting out is the important part. Weekends run too quick otherwise :))- not to mention school holidays lol

  2. We did that yesterday (once again).
    Your photos show a lovely area. The blue skies are as vibrant.

  3. I find if I don’t plan outings we tend to spend the whole weekend houseworking. Hardly a refreshing break. It’s also a good way for us to spend quality time together away from the mundane activities that still must be done. I’m enjoying following your break adventures too 🙂

  4. A bike ride at Bermagui for us, this post brought back memories of our time living up that way too.

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