It’s early Saturday morning. The weather is partly cloudy and humid. Isolated showers pushed by the light NW/NE winds come across the bay as we wait for the ferry to take us on the 20 minute journey from Cronulla to Bundeena.
We set forth to Bundeena on the M.V. Curranulla which was purpose-built and commissioned on the 12th May 1939 for the shallow and rough water of Port Hacking.
This 53′ timber ferry is constructed of carvel planking with clenched nails and is now the oldest commuter ferry in Australia working to a regular timetable.
On arrival at Bundeena it’s a fifteen minute walk to the kayak base at Bonnie Vale. We fill out the paperwork, organise our gear, get into a vest, have a safety briefing from our guide and then board our kayak. Today’s adventure is to kayak the eleven kilometres on the Port Hacking River from Bundeena to Audley.
We’re off paddling the Port Hacking River set to enjoy the fabulous stretches of beaches and sand-spit just west of Bundeena. Most of the river flows through the Royal National Park passing river banks of eucalyptus forest, rainforests including White Beech, Palms, Sassafras, Citronella and Supplejack. Blackbutt, Ironbark and the Sydney Blue Gum watch as we glide by..
There is also plenty of footprints of history in this area. The Royal National Park is the second oldest national park in the world and who can’t but marvel at the adventures of Bass and Flinders who in 1796 spent 3 days exploring and mapping the area aboard the Tom Thumb II
Our next stop is Warrumbul where we rest for tea and biscuits After about twenty minutes we continue paddling along the southern shore toward the Audley Weir.
It’s just after 1 pm and we arrive at the Audley Weir where a delicious barbeque is provided. We eat our fill and then carry our weary bodies back to the shuttle bus for the return trip to Cronulla.
Kayaking at Bundeena on the Port Hacking River was a fabulous adventure, and we survived!