As the coronavirus keeps everyone at home, the Batemans Bay Bushwalkers have been reminiscing about walks from years ago (story written by Jeanne Medicott, Bay Post incorporating information provided by Karen and Gay) This week heralds 33 years since the bushwalkers undertook a hike to Broulee Island at a time when the island could only be accessed by boat and the logistics involved in getting there were time consuming.
“Ron Thompson brought his rubber-duck around from Tomakin and then spent the next three to four hours ferrying the 52 walkers across to the island and back again,” a spokesperson for the walkers said. “The walkers were surprised at how deep the channel was between the island and Broulee Headland.”
These days walkers don’t need a boat to access Broulee Island and for Batemans Bay Bushwalkers it continues to be a popular walk.
Once on the island the walkers climbed a steep overgrown track to the top of the cliff where they visited the old grave located there. The grave is that of Elizabeth Maleber who passed away on June 27, 1842 aged 45.
Elizabeth and her husband Abraham Maleber lived on a property on the Moruya river where Abraham made a living transporting goods along the Moruya River and on occasion to Broulee.
Elizabeth’s grave is said to be one of the oldest known graves in the entire south coast region.
After visiting the old grave the walkers made their way to the northern side of the island and inspected the ruins of the old jetty.
Back in the 1840’s, Broulee was the only port between Wollongong and Twofold Bay and up to six sailing ships a day could be anchored in Broulee harbour, however all that remains of the old jetty today is four posts sticking out of the sand and one steel railway track projecting onto the beach.
Above: Back in 1987, when Broulee Island was an island and the only way to get there was by boat and Batemans Bay bushwalkers Aliza Emery and Bev Brazel visit Elizabeth Maleber’s grave on Broulee Island in 2017
For more information on Batemans Bay Bushwalking Club and their walks, please visit www.baybushwalkers.org.au