One perfect day, 10 walkers set out to amble along the track behind Bengello Beach, which was a minor road, before George Bass Drive was built. The southern end of it was washed away in big seas, during an “East Coast Low” storm in the early 1970’s (1971, I think).
This was the same event which dramatically changed the Tuross entrance, and partly washed out the coastal drive at Bermagui. But our day was sublime & serene, with only a light breeze to keep us comfortable.
We turned to the beach at the parking area, known as “the sand mines”, as several decades ago sand was taken from there for various construction purposes. Morning tea on the dunes allowed us to survey the features of the beach, such as sand banks, gutters, sideways drift & numerous rips, which occurred regularly about 200 m apart. Surprising to find that most people still need help to identify such hazards.
Then up over the headland for magnificent views of this beautiful coastline, and along Broulee Beach, enjoying all the fun being had by people with human and furry kids. Lunch was taken on Mossy Point, where the magic of this coast made us feel immensely fortunate, as we are, living in a millionaire’s playground. Bob
**** This article first appeared on the Batemans Bay Bushwalking website
About the BATEMANS BAY BUSHWALKERS INC. First formed in 1985, we have about 200 members. We are not-for-profit and run by volunteers We are an Incorporated Association with a Constitution and a Committee to oversee administration Personal Accident, Public Liability and Associations Liability Insurance is funded by your annual subscriptions We publish 4 Walks Programs per year, with 2 walks a week of varying grades. Visitors are welcome on walks and are covered by our insurance for 3 walks per financial year Walks are led by volunteer Walk Leaders, who carry a GPS, topographic map, and when appropriate, a safety beacon. We take our safety seriously. Bushwalking is a risky business, accidents do happen, injuries do result. Each walk is graded for difficulty so that you can choose walks to suit your level of ability. Members and Visitors sign a Responsibility Waiver before each walk. We also get together for a variety of social activities and camps, but you have to be a Member to come along to those