Above the Clouds. Dunes at Stockton Beach, Port Stephens, NSW, Australia

Above the Clouds. Dunes at Stockton Beach, Port Stephens, NSW, Australia

Shot this photo about half a year ago during my last 4WD trip to the Stockton Beach near Port Stephens. I eagerly wanted some clouds in the sky, but all clouds stuck somewhere over the mainland and the sun was almost at its zenith. I was running up and down between dunes trying to get a good angle for shooting and at the same time getting a nice blue sky. Removed a couple of kilos of sand from my shoes.

Stockton Beach is located north of the Hunter River in New South Wales. It is 32 kilometres (20 mi) long and stretches from Stockton, to Anna Bay. 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 vehicle is in possession of a valid permit. The beach is also popular with fisherman and several different varieties of fish may be caught.

Stockton Beach has been the site of numerous shipwrecks over the past 200 years but especially since the late part of the nineteenth century. Wreckage from many shipwrecks continues to wash ashore periodically but the most well known, recognisable and permanent of the wrecks are the Uralla and the Sygna. The wreck of the ship Sygna is a well photographed landmark.

More info:
Stockton Beach on Wikipedia
Excellent Photographer’s Guide to Stockton Beach by Brent Pearson
Beach Vehicle Permits on Port Stephens Council web-site.

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Ilya Genkin is a Sydney, Australia photographer whose subjects include the Pacific coast, Australian outback and deserts, rainforests, lakes and rivers, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.
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