Saturday, October 15, 2011

Snapshot(s) Saturday: Ti Tree Lake


While our fellow sun worshippers contentedly basked on Tallow Beach and body surfed the erratic waves, we searched for a lesser known work of Mother Nature. A mere fifteen-minute stroll from our cabin in Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park, brought us to Ti Tree Lake.


Tea Tree Lake, as some would spell it, is no ordinary lake. The lake and its surrounding area is a sacred site to the Bundjalung women, and was used as a birthing place. It was off limits to the men.


From its marker on the edge of Hayter Street in Suffolk Park, there's no trail through the bush to the lake (we looked for one, but to no avail). But if you access Tallow Beach via McGregor Street like we do, walk fifteen minutes southward along the shore. This gorgeous, amber-hued body of water is visible from the beach.


The lake's edge is shallow and is safe for toddlers. And I must say, Luna got a little too ecstatic here.


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49 comments:

rome said...
October 16, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Im a woman-at-heart person i guess, they would allow me to enter the no ordinary, orange-y lake, lol! si luna, naka orange din, cuteness!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 16, 2011 at 1:44 PM

"woman-at-heart person" - LOL. Men are probably allowed now, yet we didn't walk too far into the area coz we were with the hubby :)

Batang Lakwatsero said...
October 16, 2011 at 1:49 PM

ang cute, gusto ko sana puntahan kaya lang bawal pala lalaki..

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 16, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Hihi, pwede na siguro Ivan.

Malditang "Kura"cha said...
October 16, 2011 at 1:56 PM

wow! first time to hear about a lake exclusively for girls. hihih! Naintriga ako promise. lovely amber colored water. Hindi kaya ako manilaw after magswim dyan? ^_^ hepa? hahah!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 16, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Maricar, I can actually imagine you turning orange after emerging from the lake. Haha!

totomai said...
October 16, 2011 at 7:41 PM

interesting. men should be allowed to visit this place :-)

The Nomadic Pinoy said...
October 16, 2011 at 9:14 PM

A lake traditionally used for birthing? Now I see Luna's instant connection to the water as if she just got out from a nine-month 'hibernation' from your womb. She's getting cuter all the more!

lakbay philippines said...
October 16, 2011 at 9:43 PM

awwww... luna sure had a lot of fun here. so cute naman your kid!!!

Eigroj Stain said...
October 17, 2011 at 3:05 AM

what a beautiful place... wish to see this in person one day... i like your blog s much!

Ian | Going Places said...
October 17, 2011 at 4:42 AM

It looks like there will be no shortage of tea if you have want a sip there...

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 17, 2011 at 5:44 AM

Thanks Dennis! The lake is really peaceful (and crocodile-free). If I were to give birth there, my howls will echo through the forest. Hahaha!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 17, 2011 at 5:45 AM

Thanks Lakbay and Jorgie!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 17, 2011 at 5:46 AM

Ian, I actually wonder if the lake is truly medicinal or something since tea tree is...

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 17, 2011 at 5:48 AM

Totomai, I think they are already allowed :)

Elal | The Shades of Grey said...
October 17, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Super cute Luna. One of your rewarding trips, again. ;)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 17, 2011 at 12:53 PM

It is, indeed :)

lakwatsera de primera said...
October 17, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Dapat kasama ka sa pictures, parang Madonna and child lang na nagtatampisaw sa tubig ;)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 17, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Hahaha! Couldn't trust Sherv with the cam... He takes uber random photos. Tipong sayang sa memory ;p

blissfulguro said...
October 17, 2011 at 8:56 PM

luna is sooo adorable!

Aleah said...
October 17, 2011 at 8:58 PM

She does seem to enjoy it a lot. Where did Sherv stay? Right outside? I wonder what the red color is--mud?

yols said...
October 18, 2011 at 6:01 AM

Oh I love this, a lake for women lang haha.

On a side note, I'm glad I found your blog - just now actually. I feel so relieved that I'm not the only traveling mama haha. ^.^

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 18, 2011 at 6:05 AM

Aleah, Sherv was in the water too. There were no signs to say that men aren't allowed. Perhaps, it used to be off limits to men. The water isn't muddy at all, maybe some parts of it but we didn't see the whole expanse of the lake.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 18, 2011 at 6:07 AM

Thanks Yols for visiting! Can't wait to read your upcoming posts...

Edmar Gu-Quibb said...
October 18, 2011 at 1:46 PM

parang hindi siya lake kasi ang shallow... Very unusual... But anyway, Luna was really enjoying bearing in mind that she'll never get drowned... cute ;-)

Mitch said...
October 18, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Luna really enjoyed the lake huh.. Just don't forget to wash after or else.. The lake looks sacred buti pede magswim..

dong ho said...
October 18, 2011 at 7:14 PM

great color combination for luna and the lake. now that's what fun is for little luna.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 18, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Edmar, we let Luna play on the very edge of the lake. The inner part's deeper :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 18, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Mitch, there were no signs, so we assumed na okay lang. But we really didn't get in the water. Only Luna did.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 18, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Dong, sheer bliss for Luna :)

OAJ said...
October 19, 2011 at 5:19 AM

Great Amber color. She does look like she's playing in a lake of tea!

Micamyx|Senyorita said...
October 19, 2011 at 6:51 AM

Luna is soooo cute! Priceless ng smile ni Baby Girl <3

journeyingjames said...
October 19, 2011 at 7:24 AM

love the smile on luna's face sa last photo.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 19, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Mica, James... Di magkamayaw sa tuwa!

joan | the backpack chronicles said...
October 19, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Ang galing naman dyan, firt time ko makarinig ng lake na para lang sa mga babae, at hindi lang para sa mga babae, para sa mga nanganganak!!

Ang cute ni Luna!! Kitang-kitang tuwang tuwa sa paglalaro! Hahaha

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 19, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Me too Joan! First time to learn about/see a vast, primitive delivery room.

Chyng said...
October 19, 2011 at 9:16 PM

the last photo brings me automatic joy! ^_^

randomtrippingsnidrew said...
October 19, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Ganda ng lugar. Parang naalala ko bigla yung Survivor Australian Outback. Terno pa yung swimsuit ni Luna sa kulay ng soil hehe.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 20, 2011 at 7:11 AM

Drew, I haven't watch Survivor Australian Outback! Will look for a copy.

Gladys | ByahengBarok.com said...
October 23, 2011 at 10:27 AM

orangy lake? yey! luna had so much

happysole said...
October 23, 2011 at 4:07 PM

oh-em-gee! si luna na ba yan? ang laki na nya! :) angkyoot!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 23, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Hiyesss! Grew up in lightning speed. Hihi.

Eileen/ PossiblyPinay said...
October 24, 2011 at 6:16 AM

tagal ko nang hindi nakakapaglurk sa site mo!

sigh...this reminds me of the water birth i never had. i miss going to the beach with an overly excited toddler!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 24, 2011 at 6:58 AM

I'm really interested with water birth too! But uhm, kind scared with all the water going on down there. Haha!

Axel said...
October 26, 2011 at 4:08 PM

is that clay or mud??

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 26, 2011 at 4:13 PM

It's actually sand :) I don't know what it's like in the middle part of the lake though.

Seair said...
November 6, 2011 at 9:19 PM

your daughter is adorable! she looks like she had a great time! surprised she wasnt curious as to why the water was not blue?

Sonyboy Fugaban said...
November 14, 2011 at 12:36 PM

What a beautiful place ... just like the little girl frolicking there.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
November 14, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Hihi! Thanks Sonyboy :)

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