When our friend Sue joined us in Bundeena, just South of Sydney for a couple of days on board, we decided to go and explore the South West Arm of the Port Hacking River, in the Royal National Park. This is an area we have never been to, a little treasure not far from suburbia where surprisingly one can escape from the crowds and enjoy some peace and quiet. We like solitude, especially after being one of 35 boats at Jibbon Beach!
We motored to the end of the ‘navigable’ arm, away from built up areas, and surrounded by bushland. We were lucky to find a courtesy mooring so we did not need to anchor in the very deep water. We spent two lovely days exploring in the dinghy and the kayaks, and just floating around, serenaded by cicadas and bird songs.
It is a stunning area of rugged sandstone cliffs and tall trees overlooking a meandering and slowly shallowing river that ends in a deep rock pool. At low tide, the shores are covered with oysters and the river is but a shallow creek winding its way through the bush, with magnificent Sydney Red Gums dominating the shores. These orange to salmon coloured eucalypts are stunning. Their trunks are smooth, like the bronzed skin of a human body, with soft curves and rounded shapes. Some of the trees have branches that look really gnarly and contorted into strange shapes. At the base, the trunks often seem to pour over the rocks. At high tide, the river appears much larger and the shores far less dangerous for inflatables… Those oysters are razor sharp as I discovered when the banana boat ever so gently touched the bank while I was helping myself to a few shells! Pshooo… I had to paddle back to the “mother ship” to patch it up. 😞 But apart from this mishap, we had a very relaxing, peaceful time.
Having dropped Sue back at Bundeena, we then sailed 53nm further south to a little-used anchorage at Black Point. In fact we were told by the locals that we were the first yacht to ever anchor there. It is only suitable in northerly conditions, but it provided great shelter, in no swell at all, although it certainly was not private with a little township in the curl of the bay overlooking the anchorage. Take It Easy was used as a turning point for swimmers, a surf-boat and sail boarders, which provided some good entertainment!
Continuing on our mission to stay at little frequented anchorages, we headed for Wreck Bay on Thursday, 30nm further south, just past Jervis Bay. As usual sailing past the 12nm of sheer tall cliffs which guard Jervis Bay was a rowdy affair. Every yacht or motor boat which comes this way heads inside Jervis Bay, a huge bay we have stayed at ourselves. But if you are craving some solitude as we are, then Wreck Bay is not always true to its name – certainly not in northerly wind conditions. It is a large bay with a series of tiny coves in between lines of reef. Turquoise water backing onto a National Park, and private sandy beaches which you can have to yourself, make this an attractive spot. So we have not been wrecked in Wreck Bay for a couple of nights.
Here is a selection of photographs from our activities since the beginning of the week. As usual, click on the first image to display the gallery in full screen slide show.
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Lovely memories Chris. The anchorages further south are lovely too enjoy. Wade I love your new T shirt!!!!
Hi Sue, just left in the fog this morning for Bateman’s Bay. Big storm last night! Hocus Pocus was on guard! Captain is wearing his Tshirt again today! Love – C&W
I love the photo of the fresh water trickling in, wonderful. I like the way you are sailing back, looking for new places, that is great.
Morning Leanne! Yes after being in much busier anchorages than we normally would, we want to escape the crowds and find isolated spots we can have to ourselves and that are new to us… Keeping the spirit of discovery and adventure alive. xx
more days in paradise Chris!! Beautiful photos. I love the last one from the beach!!
Thanks Cybele – it’s excellent when we have it all to ourselves.
It all looks fabulous, Chris! Happy to hear your cruise is going well…boats are so great for accessing secluded spots! So glad you’re sharing it all with us. 🙂
Thank you Katrina. ☺️
Fabulous anchorages and photos, also love the photos of the White Tern. Thanks for sharing. ‘Notorius’ the Portuguese Caravel, that has been at Paynesville, looks to be currently at Batemans Bay.
Hi you two, thanks for the feedback. We are on a mission to find secluded little spots. We are now hiding behind Snapper Island in Bateman’s Bay. Big storm last night and rain today! Haven’t seen Notorious yet but will look for the guys- they are interesting people to talk to! C&W
Love the vivid descriptions and photographs. Like you we tried to avoid the busier anchorages and find those out of the way places. Really enjoyed reading your blog.
Nice of you to visit again, Mark. We can be very anti-social. There is a very large space bubble around Take It Easy! So the last few days on our lonesome in beautiful surroundings have been bliss. Hope you drop back again soon. We enjoy your writing too!