Kemp’s Corner, Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

 

View north from Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

View north from Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Welcome to Kemp’s Corner. This grassy pasture is the southern most headland at Hat Head National Park.

Green riches at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Green riches at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It is also the greenest and widest of them all, covered in juicy green grass.

Ocean spray saves the day at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Ocean spray saves the day at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Even without rain, the morning spray of crushing waves keeps this headland lush and green.

Eastern-grey mob at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Eastern-grey mob at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This National Park holds a few mobs of Eastern-Grey Kangaroos. At least one of them calls this corner home.

Green pastures at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Green pastures at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Sometimes the grass is greener on the other side.

Idyllic paradise at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Idyllic paradise at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It truly is an idyllic setting all around.

Stress free at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Stress free at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Calm and sunny days are much appreciated by everyone.

Sunny days at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Sunny days at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The stress levels are particularly low around here, just the way I like it.

Serenity by the ocean at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Serenity by the ocean at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Not many people venture this far south, the gravel road turns them around.

Fishing? at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Fishing? at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A few fishermen tackle these steep slopes to reach productive ocean waters.

Posing in sepia at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Posing in sepia at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Just as rewarding is photography around here, particularly with posing kangaroos.

Two cuties at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Two cuties at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This group of kangaroos was posing on regular basis.

Curious at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Curious at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Curiosity didn’t kill these mammals. If one stood tall to investigate, so did the others. One just can’t be too careful.

Tiny snout at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Tiny snout at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Particularly when a tiny snout peaks through the pouch.

Joeys galore at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Joeys galore at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

In fact, most of these healthy females had a wee joey in their pouch.

Double posing at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Double posing at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

But cute they are. This imposing behaviour is due to location.

Hearing aid at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Hearing aid at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Mostly off-shore winds limits hearing abilities towards the land.

Paying attention at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Paying attention at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

But there’s another reason for these kangaroos to pay attention.

Advantage for photography at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Advantage for photography at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The headland’s round shape is an advantage for the photographer.

Spotted at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Spotted at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

But it doesn’t always go unnoticed.

Pouch roller coaster at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Pouch roller coaster at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Bouncing in mom’s pouch must be an exceptional feeling, one way or the other. Once I was noticed, shyer kangaroos bounced out off sight. This reflects on little human impact around this corner.

Big and small business as usual at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Big and small business as usual at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

For most, business went on as usual.

Grazing at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Grazing at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Which was mainly grazing.

Bonding at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Bonding at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Older joeys didn’t venture too far from their mothers.

Scratch that itch at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Scratch that itch at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

We can’t overlook a good early morning scratch though.

Hop on by at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Hop on by at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And sometimes friends hopped by.

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Some may feel left out. What a way to start the day!

Pacific glare at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Pacific glare at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Early morning rays glance over a vast ocean.

Double glare at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Double glare at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

These reflections over the pacific look amazing and warm a cold body twice as fast.

Breakfast view at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Breakfast view at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Breakfast with an incredible view.

Sounds of the ocean at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Sounds of the ocean at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Listening to the sounds of the ocean. I wonder what this youngster thinks.

Any dolphins? at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Any dolphins? at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Curiously, I observed this behaviour frequently. Maybe these kangaroos really do enjoy the view. I speculate that they do.

Maritime and terrain paradise at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Maritime and terrain paradise at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Pods of dolphins call these waters their home. Often they are seen splashing in the waves.

Leading by example at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Leading by example at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The leading male leans by example. He is already hot enough and relaxes in wind sheltered shade.

Me, myself and kangaroos at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Me, myself and kangaroos at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

No intruders, other then myself, are to be seen near or far. It’s another tough day in the office.

Next challenge at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Next challenge at Kemp’s Corner @ Hat Head National Park, Northern New South Wales, Australia

As for all of us, life isn’t always like this. The next challenge will come sooner or later.

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