Liv Hambrett

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The Beach Part 1

Pretty much every summer, since  I was very small, my family has holidayed on the Central Coast, at a beach that has come to be one of my favourite places in the world.

Beaches are almost always associated with vivid colours – the bright yellow of the sand, the intense blue of the ocean, the speckled colour of cossies and umbrellas. This vibrancy is a huge part of what I love about the beach, particularly the classic Australian beach, but there’s another colour palette at work in this part of the world, particularly if you venture out at dusk or on an overcast day. Then the colours are muted – by no means less beautiful – and softer, meaning the texture of the rocks and sand and surrounding land is more noticeable.

The following were snapped on a grey afternoon when the water was perfectly still, the rocks washed clean and the red-blonde clay of the jutting cliffs dense in pigment.


  1. fozmeadows

    19 January, 2010 at 5:03 am

    Ah, scenic Terrigal! I grew up on the Central Coast, and we used to spend each summer in a beachhouse with friends at Avoca, when we weren’t busy skiving off at Umina, Terrigal or Pearl Beaches. They are all very beautiful shots 🙂

  2. Liv

    19 January, 2010 at 5:05 am

    Haha it’s Macmasters, LOVE THAT PLACE. Just love it. And Terrigal – well, a wine adventure or two has occurred there haha.

  3. Gaynor

    23 January, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    As an ex Perthite, who now lives in Melbourne, I am REALLY missing the beach. These photos are beautiful.

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