Cruising Jervis Bay
Jervis Bay is a travellers delight. Whether you are travelling on land or in your own sailboat, Jervis Bay is a place of abundant beautiful, natural attractions and many things to do. A popular place for fishing, scuba diving, whale watching and bush walking; it is a place rich in maritime history and indigenous culture. Beaches of fine white sand, rugged cliffs and natural forest, Jervis bay was high on our list of places to explore.
Our first stop was at “Hole in the Wall”, Booreree National Park. Once we had picked up a mooring I tried to catch some squid. As soon as I threw the squid jag in it was surrounded in fish. They turned out to be a species of leatherjacket. A voracious fish that bit off two of my squid jags and numerous amounts of hooks and sinkers. We caught a stack of these leatherjackets and made Thai Style fish cakes for lunch and battered leatherjacket for dinner. Check out “Gourmet from the Galley” if you are interested in the food I cook with what we catch!
A walk through Booreree National Park took us to Murray’s Beach. It was a beautiful spot, and I was lucky enough to take some photos of a couple of White-Bellied Sea Eagles. I also spied a Whistling Kite and a Red-Browed Finch (firetail).
We had five nights in Jervis Bay and spent them in four different anchorages. We had a couple of nights in Callala Bay, but apart from a walk to the shops for supplies, we did little there. At Huskinsson, we moored at Shark Net Bay and walked to Moona Moona Creek.
It was a great walk and once again I had some fun trying to take photos of the birds. An Eastern Whipbird, Crimson Rosella and a Little (Brush) Wattlebird were a few I found.
We treated ourselves to lunch at Club Jervis Bay before going for a walk in the other direction.
We found an Aboriginal Museum/Walk Tour (never did find out exactly what it was as it was nearly closing time). We walked along a ‘bush tucker’ track (Wirreecoo Walk) and then along a boardwalk in the mangroves of Currumbene Creek. Interesting walk, and we saw a royal spoonbill foraging in the mud with a white-faced heron.
From Jervis Bay we sailed to Wollongong. We had lots of whales within sight during the day and managed to get one photo of a humpback whale’s back. At Wollongong we had to raft up to a fishing boat, as there was no available space for us.
We went for a walk to North Wollongong Beach and then back up through the city to the mall. After a drink at the Steelers Club we walked home via City Beach and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Woolongong appears a pleasant place. I would like to have more time to explore the area one day.
The next day we went to Port Hacking. Jedd and Alex (two of our sons) were making the drive from Albury NSW to meet us at Port Hacking for the long weekend. But once we arrived at Port Hacking, not only was the weather atrocious and not suitable for the hiking and fishing we were all hoping to do, we also found out that we could not get very far up the river due to low power-lines and our 2 metre draft. So we stay one night before heading to Sydney. For more about Sydney (with the kiddly winks) … read Sydney Harbour!
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