November/December 2020

Pelicans in Swansea Chanel in crystal clear water.

Pelicans in Swansea Chanel

Joe Cocker Newcastle’s Civic Theatre 1978. Joe sang like a nightingale and the band were awesome.

Joe Cocker Civic Theatre 1978

Redhead Beach early morning with the sun beaming through the clouds 23/11/2020

Redhead Beach 23-11-20

Sea Snail Black Neds Bay 18/11/2020

Movement Redhead Beach 24-07-20

Large seas pushed over the beach leaving a drained look.

Movement Redhead Beach 24-07-20


Redhead Beach in 1978. Work just starting on sealing the car park and Vegetation planting within fenced off areas.

Redhead Beach Road 1920’s Showing the First Creek Bridge Unknown photographer.

Redhead Beach Road 1920’s

Rutile Mining along Redhead Beach late 1950’s to early 1960’s The floating dredge moved along the beach to Blacksmiths and back again, then the area was “re-planted” Unknown photographer..

Rutile Mine Redhead Beach app 1962



August/September/October 2020

Coastal Cliffs Catherine Hill Bay 16/10/2020

Nth Catho Headland 16-10-20

Orange moss on coastal rock cliffs Catherine Hill Bay 16/10/2020

Orange Rocks Catho 16-10-20

Redhead Beach Big Sunrise 15/10/2020 The sun shining through the sea mist made the sun huge.

Redhead Misty Sunrise 15-10-20

Redhead Beach Misty morning 15/10/20

Redhead Beach Morning Mist 15-10-20

Jewells Swamp in 1977, also known as Crokers Creek. Overgrown and dried up now.

Jewells Swamp 1977

Redhead surfer 27/9/2020

Redhead Surfer 27-09-20

Kite Surfer Redhead Beach 10/9/2020. The wind was up straight in and he was hooting alongĀ  parallel to shore.

Kite Surfer Redhead 4 10-09-20

Redhead Beach First Creek 4/9/2020

Redhead Beach First Creek 04-09-20

Footprints on the beach after a busy day at Redhead Beach 21/6/2020.

Footprints Redhead Beach 21-06-20

Birds out to sea Caves Beach 16/8/2020. Sea birds zero’d in about a kilometre out from shore in mass and a fishing boat went where the action was hoping to land a few of what was attracting the birds.

Birds at sea Caves Beach 16-08-20

While the surf today wasn’t anything like it was painted here, the picture brightened up a dull scene. Daniel Joyce mural Redhead Beach 10/8/2020.

Daniel Joyce mural Redhead Beach 10-08-20

Another east coast low hits with 90k winds Redhead Beach 10/8/2020

90k wind Redhead Beach 10-08-20

May/June/July 2020

Rutile patterns in the sand Redhead Beach July 2020. Note not enough there to bring the sand mining dredge back!.

Rutile patterns Redhead Beach July 2020

Rutile patterns Redhead Beach

Rutile patterns Redhead Beach 31-07-20

Another big day. Storm surf Redhead Beach 16/7/20

Storm surf Redhead 17-07-20

Storm Surf Redhead Beach 15/7/20

Storm Surf Redhead 15-07-20

Choppy Seas Redhead Beach 18/6/2020

Choppy seas Redhead Beach 18-06-20

Barnacles on driftwood Redhead Beach 14/6/2020

Barnacles on driftwood Redhead Beach 14-06-20

Sun projector Redhead Beach 9/6/2020

Sun projector Redhead 09-06-20

Small neat wave early morning Redhead Beach 01/6/2020

Small Wave Redhead Beach 01-06-20

Redhead Beach surfer far back with a lot of wall in front

Surfer Redhead Beach 28-04-19


Tiny waves on the inside Redhead Beach 30/5/2020

Tiny Waves Redhead 30-05-20

More big surf 6/5/2020 a wave had pushed up the path of Redhead Second Creek all the way to the boardwalk, about 200 metres inland leaving a trail of seaweed and flotsam.

Big wave path 2nd creek 06-05-20

Big seas high tide mark Redhead Beach 24/5/2020

Big seas high tide mark Redhead 24-05-20

Golden sunrise Redhead Beach

Redhead Beach sunrise 30-03-20

Redhead Beach Sand Art 17/05/2020

Sand Art Redhead Beach 17-05-20

January/Feb/March 2020

Bluebottles washed up on Redhead Beach 24/3/2020

Bluebottles Redhead Beach 24-03-20

Pelican in the rain Black Ned’s Bay 5/3/2020

Pelican Black Neds Bay 05-03-20

Clouds over sunrise Redhead 9/3/2020

Clouds Redhead 09-03-20

Redhead First Creek last gasp 30/1/2020

Redhead 1st Creek last gasp 30-01-20

October/November/December 2019

22/12/2019 Redhead Second Creek has dried up to just a small water hole, never seen it that dry before. Come on … rain!

Dry Redhead 2nd Creek 22-12-19

Sand Snowman and Merry Christmas Redhead Beach 12/12/2019

Sand snowman Redhead Beach 12-12-19

Redhead Beach Tide art 12/12/2019

Tide art Redhead Beach 12-12-19

Razor clams from Black Ned’s Bay 11/12/2019

Razor clams Black Neds Bay 11-12-19

Bush fire ash patterns on the tide line Redhead Beach 6/12/2019

Ash patterns tide line Redhead Beach 06-12-19

Smoke Haze Redhead Beach 05/12/2019

Smoke Haze Redhead Beach 05-12-19

Optimistic tube rider Redhead Beach 14/11/2019.

Optimistic tube ride Redhead 14-11-19

Ian Moss Cold Chisel 1978 Belmont North Community Hall. A good night for a small crowd.

Ian Moss 1978 Belmont North Hall


Crow surfing at Boomerang 1977

Crow 1977 Boomerang

Big black rain cloud hanging over Redhead Beach early morning 1/10/2019

Dark Clouds Redhead Beach 01-10-19

July/August/September 2019

At first glance this cloud bank looks like a giant wave about to monster Redhead Beach, at a second glance it still does. Head for the hills.

Giant wave like cloud Redhead Beach 11-09-19

More sand sculpture by mother nature Redhead Beach 1/9/2019

Sand sculpture Redhead Beach 01-09-19

Natures sand sculpture and a bush fire Redhead beach 23/8/2019

Sand sculpture and a bush fire Redhead 23-08-19

Wild flowers Redhead Bluff bush track

Redhead Bluff Bush Walk

Redhead Beach surfers in a punchy early session 20/7/2019

Redhead Surfers 20-07-19

Redhead Beach streaky sunrise 2/7/2019

Redhead beach streaky sunrise 02-06-19

April/May/June 2019

Red sunrise Redhead beach 30/6/2019

Red sunrise Redhead Beach 30-06-19

Seaweed Redhead Beach 9/6/2019. Powerful surf for the last week has torn the kelp off the oceans floor.

Seaweed Redhead Beach 09-06-19

A flock of seagulls and clouds building and about to storm Redhead Beach 4/6/2019

Seagulls Redhead Beach 04-06-19

Redhead’s surfboard factory 1976. Martin Littlewood (Delta Designs) and Roy Lee (Pacific Dreams) were making surfboards in this converted chook shed in the lantana bush. I re-scanned the negative recently and its a bit clearer.

Redhead chook shed surfboard factory 1976


Redhead Beach 28/5/2019 solid sets and the first cold day this year

Redhead Beach 28-05-2019

Fisherman at sunrise Redhead beach 19/5/2019

Fisherman Redhead Beach 19-05-19

Big wave early morning Redhead Beach 7/5/2019

Big Wave Redhead Beach 07-05-19

This huge wave just exploded Redhead Beach 5/5/2019

Explosive wave Redhead Beach 07-05-19

Redhead Beach 19/4/2019 a dark start to the morning.

Redhead Beach Dark start 19-04-19

Dream wave sequence 1966, I wouldn’t change a thing now, except add a leg rope. I most likely drew this in Maths class at school when I was 16.

Wave dream sequence 1966

Redhead Cliff Face Profile 13/04/2019

Redhead Cliff Face Profile 13-04-19

Mind Control Pole. Someone aptly labelled the Swansea Telstra Tower 31/3/2019

Mind Control Pole Swansea 31-03-19

Wally Berwick the original Beach Inspector Redhead Beach with a redwood plank 1984

Wally Berwick original wood 1984

Redhead Surf Club 6:30 am and open for coffee 23/3/2019

Redhead Surf Club 23-03-19

January/February/March 2019

Redhead Beach 21/3/2019 another pink sunrise

Redhead Beach sunrise3 21-03-19

Redhead Beach pink reflections 28/02/2019

Redhead beach pink reflection 28-0-19

Old Miners cottage at Green Point Belmont 1977. The 99 year leases ran out and the old houses were demolished. The area was then split between parkland and housing.

Old house Green Point Belmont 1982

Thirsty Kookaburra 21/01/2019. Photo taken through the blinds of the lounge window.

Thirsty kookaburra 26-01-19

All the boats out Black Neds Bay

All Boats out Black Neds Bay

Redhead Beach First Creek Sunrise 17/1/2019

Redhead 1st Creek Sunrise 17-01-19

November/December 2018

Redhead Shelly Beach fish on rock 26/12/2018

Fish of rock Shelly Redhead 26-12-18

Redhead Bluff Goat Track 26/12/2016

Redhead Bluff Goat Track 26-12-18

Storm clouds over Redhead 20/12/2018. Looks like the beak of a whale.

Storm clouds 20-12-18

Strange little fly like flower from a bush along the Redhead 2nd creek walkway 22/12/2018

Flower Fly 22-12-18

Blacksmiths shore break 1/12/2018. A five foot swell was coming in from the east but waves now only dump right on the shore. There is a lot of sand on the beach but none under where the waves should be breaking. The waves used to break out where the surf boat is riding the swell.

Blacksmiths shore break 01-12-18

As a comparison to now here’s Blacksmiths Beach going off in a big north east swell June 2016 after a few days of big swell pushing in and scouring out of the sand on the beach.

Blacksmiths Beach 1 08-06-16

Sam catches another whopper off the rocks.

Sam Kingfish 10-11-18

September/October 2018

Foggy morning Redhead Beach 23/10/2018. Trying to keep it simple.

Redhead beach foggy morning 23-10-18

Redhead 2nd Creek flowing again after good rain 6/10/2018. For something different it pushed along the beach to meet up with 1st Creek which then flowed down and out at the Shark Tower rocks.

Redhead 2nd creek flowing 06-10-18

Silver Sea – Blacksmiths Beach 17/10/2018 and it’s a colour photo

Silver Sea Blacksmiths 17-10-18

Early morning paddle around to Green Point Belmont 27/9/18 Water like glass, sun coming through the trees, nice and peaceful.

Reflections Green Point Belmont 27-09-18

Three Pig face flowers in different stages of bloom Blacksmiths Beach 20/9/2018

Pig face Blacksmiths 20-08-18

Sun through clouds Blacksmiths Beach 20/9/2018

Sun through cloud Blacksmiths 20-09-18

Ripples in the Sand Redhead Beach 22/08/2018. Waves pushed over the beach and left these patterns when the tide went out.

Sand ripples 22-08-18