What is this? A fucking conspiracy? First couple of sunny days in yonks and I gotta stay home. Today I'm doing all those little fiddly jobs fixing stuff round the house. You know the ones. I've already had half the crap on top of the wardrobe down on my head and found a homemade porno I thought I'd lost.
Pelican Island Nature Reserve the sign says. This is the island that runs from Woy Woy Wharf along along parallel with Brick Wharf Road and finishs level with the park at the end of North Burge Road. Boaties will know the park as the one with the yellow and black submarine cable sign.
(Click image for annotated version. Red dot at top right is Saratoga walk #3, red dots at right are Illoura Reserve Walk.)
It's a sand island so the tides and currents change its shape and size. I've seen a photo of it from 1910 or something when it was about half it's current size. It's maybe two hundred yards from bustling downtown Woy Woy and the railway station. I love living in a town with an uninhabited mangrove island on its doorstep.
There's a crowd of kayakers who paddle through the channel every now and then. They're with some tour group apparently. I gotta get on that tour and paddle through those mangroves.
One of the Illoura Walk's plaque thingies says nearby Rileys Island is "a low-lying island with a large expanse of mangrove swamp around the edges (Avicennia marina (Grey Mangrove) and Aegiceras corniculatum (River Mangrove)), and dry schlerophyll forest in its’ interior."
That description seems to fit Pelican Island and, since they're only a few hundred yards apart, the plant and animal inhabitants are probably the same. But don't quote me on that. I ain't a botanist.