Being new to the Coast, we scour the surrounding area on a map to get our bearings when my Kiwi fisherman husband hones in on Lobster Beach.
“We’ve got to go there,” Tim says, thinking that because of its name, it might be the place to find his all-time favourite seafood – lobster, or crayfish as they call it across the ditch.
I don’t think for a second we’ll find lobsters at Lobster Beach but it looks pretty so we head off to explore anyway.
It’s a crisp, half-sunny half-cloudy wintry Sunday as we drive along High View Road in Pretty Beach. We spot a tiny sign for Lobster Beach pointing in between some houses, and pull over to park on a grass verge.
The laneway turns into steep steps, which go up and up and up before going down and down and down through a tall forest of stringy barks and banksias.
About halfway down, a lookout offers a window to the world beyond – there’s blue as far as the eye can see, with the azure ocean meeting the powdery sky at Pearl Beach on the not-too-distant horizon.
A boardwalk and more big steps take us the rest of the way, and we’re spat out of the thick bushland onto the golden sands of Lobster Beach.
It’s a picturesque cove bookended by rocks and totally encased by Bouddi bush.
Past a sandbank, where a dinghy has anchored for some impromptu fishing, we spy Palm Beach in the distance. Umina Beach and Ettalong are just across the way.
When the sun is out, it glistens like silver glitter on the surface of the sea.
Little curls of foam gently flow in to shore, until the ferry goes by and ups the ante with its wake.
The water is so clear and inviting, it’s only the chill in the air that’s preventing us jumping in.
The sand is littered with perfect little fans in white, brown and pink, and a shell that resembles a lobster, with its orange and white ribbing.
I think it’s the closest we will get to finding a crustacean on Lobster Beach until, somehow, somewhere, Tim finds a lobster. He holds up the distinctive dark green tail of an Eastern Rock Lobster.
“No way!” I say.
“I can’t believe it,” he laughs.
And just like that we’ve found a lobster on Lobster Beach.
Coastal Chic tip: With so many pretty scallop shells, this is a great place for beachcombing and we hear it’s also a fantastic snorkelling spot in summer. Be prepared to get your blood pumping with lots of steps and keep an eye out for lobsters!