We parked near the Red Rock shop, and strolled across the park watching the fisherfolk and pelicans waiting for a feed in Corindi creek. The easy kid-friendly Red Rock river walk begins at the boardwalk on the upstream side of the recreation park, near the boat ramp.
Its a pretty walk with mangroves, peeling paperbarks and corkwood lining the path. Slender casurina needles were hung with water drops from a recent rain shower when we visited, and saltmarsh fringed the creek. Fisherfolk were busy with their lines in the river.
We walk pass a large tree with a curious hollow base and discover a secret tribe of gnomes, fairies and elves with a postbox for leaving messages. Gnome, sweet gnome. A local began this gnome home more than 20 years ago and has been delighting children of all ages since.
Jewfish Point was a meeting and ceremonial place for the Gumbaynggirr, as well as a favourite place to collect oyster.
Red Rock headland is the site of a massacre of the Gumbaynggir people in the 1880s – we will visit the memorial later. The European settlers chased the local people from their camps by the river to the headland, where many lost their lives. The Garby Elders consider Blood Rock to be a significant place for reflection.
Rock lovers might also enjoy the short Red Rock geological tour– can you tell jasper from mudstone?