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January 17th, 2008:

Summer Wanders #2: Hastings

Hastings was somewhere that I hadn’t been before; quite an admission when you spend 15 years living within 20km of the place!  I had always thought that there wouldn’t be too much to see there.  The only things that associated with the place were the Esso-BHP Oil Refinery, and the BlueScope Steel plant.  They are not what I would consider great sight-seeing opportunities!  What we found was quite different; a small fishing town, a busy boat ramp, and wildlife.

However it turns out that Hastings [^] is home to the most southerly mangroves in the world, and pelicans.  The only thing that seems a bit out of place is the oil tanks in the mangroves.  Along with the wonderful natural resources, the jetty is colourful and well populated.

Hastings Pelican Hastings