Dumped rubbish or left litter

I’m going to talk about the continuous rubbish that is washed up onto our coastline, shores or left in our bushland.  On my regular hikes along the coastline and bush, and I am continuously being confronted with rubbish.  I live in a tourist area and it’s full of National Parks and a Marine Sanctuary. We have a regular whale migration that happens every year.  There are lots of people and marine life using the waterways and coastal areas.  So many people still continue to dump or leave their rubbish in the water, on the beach or in the bush? I don’t get it! Why can’t people put their rubbish in the bin or take it home with them?

I regularly get at least one shopping bag of rubbish each time I go for a walk. I’ve brought home 5 bags and a ball in one day. Today I brought home 2 bags of rubbish and a bike rim? I have found boat buoys, knives, large plastic frames, buckets and handbags, fishing line and ropes galore.  Only recently I found that some handyman or contractor must be doing renovations. They have dumped the full contents of a concrete wall with blue ceramic tiles and piles of wood into the bush? Can you believe it? really?

Plastic is the main culprit, lots and lots of plastic bottles, straws, balloons and string, bottles of all sorts, cigarette lights, thongs or flip flops, sunglasses.

Tourists

I remember when I hiked through Nepal, how polluted it was, it was shocking. I know that they had an earthquake and therefore their infrastructure and systems were down, that was understandable. But it was the rubbish in the National Parks and mountains that were inexcusable. My porter told me it was the lazy tourists who threw their empty water bottles and plastic packs into the bush and down over the edge of mountain trails. He felt as if the tourists didn’t respect the culture and land of his beautiful people.  Unfortunately I think this is true.

If you are a hiker or a tourist that goes to these areas, I would expect that you love the outdoors and respect the beauty of Mother Nature. So, take your rubbish home and leave the bush, beach, mountain, cave, rock or whatever has caught your interest alone and leave it in the best possible state you can. You don’t have the right to destroy nature, so don’t. If you can’t do that then stay at home!

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Whales,

I just have to tell everyone about the fantastic whale migration that was happening along the Eastern Coastline of Australia. Which we locals call the humpback highway, and it is just like that. Masses and masses of whales heading north, just like lanes of traffic on any highway after work,  all going in one direction.

I love walking and hiking along the coastline because it has been full of exciting experiences, spotting whales.

There are hundreds of them, breaching and tale flapping, rolling and playing in many many different pods. In Australia they travel from southern Antartica to sub-tropical water where they will mate and give birth. There are mainly humpback whales. Mothers travelling with calfs and will usually hug the coastline for protection from the sharks and the big males go further out to sea scouting, protecting the herd.  Spectacular to watch!

Here,  we have fantastic viewing areas and they can be seen so closely and you feel as if you want to jump into the water and touch them. Standing on these rocky outcrops puts you in the direct line of path of the whales.

I suggest going for a hike anywhere along the Eastern Australian Coastline at this time of year, as you are almost guaranteed to see whales. It’s defiantly worth the effort. So, get on your boots and thick windproof jacket, beanie and gloves and grab your camera and get out there.

I have been watching whales my whole life and I really enjoy watching them. Since I am a novice photographer I took down my camera, large long lens and tripod and sat myself up and waited for the herds to come in. Spectacular!! what a great way to spend a few hours. I loved it! People were gathering from everywhere to see the migration.

Check out my facebook page, coastal hiking gear  to see some pictures.

Cheers

Coastal Annie