This week as we have started heading north, we share with you some of the treasures of the southeastern waters: the spectacular seabirds and special hideaways.
This part of the ocean is the domain of albatrosses, shearwaters, petrels and gannets. They are breathtaking to watch as they soar, weave their way through the swell lines, fish. Although feeling a bit rusty with capturing birds in flight from the moving deck, here are a few images that pass muster.
East Gippsland and the south of New South Wales have rugged coastlines, with exposed bays, prominent headlands and conspicuous lighthouses.
In the midst of this weather-beaten coastline, there are some hideaways and we are taking you to two of these.
We have often mentioned the Skerries. Most cruisers have never been there and think we mean “the scarries”…. We guess they could be to some! These are a group of three rocky islets 100m offshore of Wingan Inlet. With some 14,000 fur seals calling The Skerries home, you can imagine the sounds and smells… The seals bellow and bark day and night, it is a bit woofy when you first get there and the anchorage is jiggly even in light winds, but for us it beats doing an overnighter to get around the corner into NSW!
We have never stayed there longer than a night so have not had a chance to explore the inlet by dinghy or kayak. Having seen what it looks like from the air, courtesy of our drone, we might have to next time!
Our next treasured hideaway is not a straight forward place to get into and not always accessible because of the swell. But this tiny, picturesque bay on the rugged stretch of coast south of Eden is our all-time favourite anchorage so when possible we make a stop there.
We tend to stay for a few days to relish the remoteness and solitude. It is lovely to wake up to the sound of bell birds and the smell of eucalyptus trees. There are beautiful walks south to Green Cape or north to Saltwater Creek and beyond.
We lazed around, went for bushwalks, took a bird’s eye view of our surroundings and as usual had a serene time there even though we were at times facing the wrong way, stern or beam to the beach!
And now we have moved on 140nm further north. We left Bittangabee early this week, spurred along by a developing East Coast Low! We are hiding safely in Jervis Bay but it has been a wild ride. More on this in our next post!