by Dawn Simpson
My last item featured Cullendulla in the first of our excursions to FREE local beauty spots for those bored baby boomers living in the Bay, on a budget!
This month we are off to my favourite location, GUERILLA BAY!
It’s not known how Guerilla Bay came to be named but if you think of the connotations of ‘GUERILLA’, rugged, dangerous, mysterious, breathtakingly handsome like Che Guevara, then it’s not hard to imagine why this very different part of the Eurobodalla coastline got it’s worthy name.
The world offers rugged coastline in distant places such as the Northwest Passage, the Straits of Georgia and the Queen Charlotte Islands but here on our doorstep, we have Guerilla Bay.
If you are a ‘first timer’ to Guerilla Bay, you will no doubt let out an exclamation of delight as you pull on the handbrake or perhaps take a deep breath in awe of the scene, which presents itself!
An enormous rock island, accessible at low tide, stands directly in front of the car park. Popular with fishermen, and divers, this area featured in Rob Paxavanos’ television program, “Fishing Australia”, when Rob, in a Hobey canoe, caught a large shark off Burri Point and landed it on the beach here, before releasing it back into the sea.
After admiring the scene immediately in front of the car park, you may decide to settle in at the picnic tables just to the right, for a leisurely picnic lunch or, if you are a little more athletic and adventurous, then take a left turn, follow the sandy foreshore around the corner until you see a set of steps leading up into the great Australian bush.
Here is where the adventure really begins!
Follow the bush track, keeping to the left, up the hill and over the other side to a gorgeous, usually deserted, beach of pure white sand. At low tide on the northern side there is a heart shaped rockpool, very romantic discovery for you to have, if you are with a ‘special’ friend.
Make your way back; still keeping left, following the cliff path until it emerges in a small clearing, which allows the most spectacular 180-degree views up and down the coast.
If you follow carefully around to the left you will arrive at the location where this photo was taken. Rugged, truly breathtaking, and I believe, the most spectacular scenery on the south coast. Head home by following the path back down to the beach. Keep your eyes out girls for your very own Che Guevara; remember we are in Guerilla country! The round trip walking slowly, approximately ½ hour.
If you do the cliff walk, it is NOT advisable to take small children but if planning on just the picnic and a swim perhaps? Then this is an ideal spot to bring the grand children for an outing. This monthly feature could be a regular source of information for where to take the grandchildren, a friend, a lover or especially overseas visitors.
Guerilla Bay is a great place to go and park when the seas are rough, as the waves pound through the small gap between the island and the cliff with impact! Forget expensive tickets to the Sydney Philharmonic, turn your favourite music on and settle back to watch the drama unfold in the comfort of your car. ‘Bolero’ or ‘Hot August Night’ are great choices but I didn’t enjoy it as much when I played ‘Jake The Peg’!
Today we packed a picnic of ‘Ritzy Salmon Sandwiches’ See recipe below, with our usual thermos and some fresh juicy peaches.
How to get there:
Follow Tourist Drive 7, also known as George Bass Drive, turn at Guerilla Bay. Follow this approx 0.6 kms until you see the street sign for Beach
Parade, turning left, follow another 0.6 turn right into Bay Rd, follow for another 0.2kms to car park. REFER to Map 4, Co-ordinate E-6; on the FREE
Cartoscope map, available from the Batemans Bay Tourist Information Office.
Ritzy Salmon Sandwiches
Drain a tin of No Name Salmon (remember we are on a budget!)
Mash the salmon, including the bones which are a great source of calcium, and ½ teaspoon minced ginger, together. Spread your favourite slices of whole grain or high grain bread (low G.I. keeps you going for longer!) with light Philly cheese and shredded lettuce, add the salmon mix and voila! A very Ritzy sandwich at 1/8th the Ritz price. Add a couple of cool, juicy peaches and your favourite beverage in your thermos, a nice little cloth for the picnic table and we are set for a great experience on a small budget.