With the school holidays over again its time to review the past couple of months and assess our strengths and weaknesses. One of our strengths is the number of koalas that we either had here at Wanderers Retreat or were within easy walking distance (on the track down to the beach). These furry little critters are obviously the darlings of the visitors to the area of both domestic and foreign origin. During the last 12 months the number of koalas here seem to be increasing if their presence at Wanderers is anything to go by. This year I have not seen a single animal with chlamydia - no doubt a tribute to the carers for that because only a few years ago there were a number of infected animals.
Be it a sign of global warming or not, we have had a wetter than normal season this year, or so it seems to me. Water temperature at the beach seems to have been a bit higher than usual too. I say this all without having checked the data and am going on "feel". The water has been absolutely beautiful for a surf and the higher temp is probably responsible for the reports of good fishing that keep coming in.
Accommodation in Port Stephens over the Christmas rush was pushed to bursting this year again - some people had to return to Raymond Terrace and Newcastle because there was none available on the Tomaree Peninsula. The good news for visitors is that things have returned to more of a normal situation now and finding accommodation should not be too difficult, particularly midweek.
One Mile Beach has been fishing well for whiting, bream and flathead. A cracker Jewfish was caught there just the other day which tipped the scales at 73 pounds I'm told. That is as heavy as me!!! I did see the photo of the fish in the local paper and it was huge, but not as big as me I would have said.
Anyway, between the fishes and the koalas we have had all the usual sightings of wildlife too - kangaroo, bandicoots, land mullets, various frogs, possums and some migratory birds. We have a couple of Perrins Tree Frogs living on our verandah keeping the spiders and bugs down for us.
Thats all for now, cheers.