A COASTAL BUSH WALK TO MERMAID INLET

The Giant's Sandwich

The Giant’s Sandwich

Rock Sandwich

Rock Sandwich

Some say the ice age left the shoreline looking like this, others say a tsunami over sixty metres in height washed over the headlands, but I believe a rock eating giant dropped his rock sandwiches as he was picnicking on the beach.

Mermaid's Inlet

Mermaid’s Inlet

We are headed to Mermaid Inlet on the Beecroft Peninsula which is situated on the northern half of Jervis Bay. The southern point of Beecroft Peninsula is Point Perpendicular which sticks out into the Pacific Ocean and at the north western corner is the village of Currarong. It is from here that we set off on our bush walk.

Off we go

Off we go

The shade of the trees

The shade of the trees

coastal heath

coastal heath

We walked through the sun and the breeze and got relief in the shade of the magnificent trees. Most of the walk passes through what I’d call coastal heath with areas of wildflowers.

Head hunter territory

Head hunter territory

A head hunter

A head hunter

Here’s the weird and scary forest where the head hunting people live. We manage to meet one of the hunting tribe.

the narrow pathway to the rock platform

the narrow pathway to the rock platform

We clamber, climb and crawl along the cliff face to make our way down to the rock platform at the ocean’s edge. It was like I had come to the edge of the world.

the caves and the rock platform

a lone young woman near the caves and the rock platform…is it the mermaid of mermaid inlet?

At the base of the cliff you can walk around the rock platform into large caves eaten out by the strong winds and waves from the south.

During the last ice age the sea level was 130 metres below the present level putting the coastline 17- 20 km off the current shoreline, and that’s below the edge of the continental shelf..

a sandwich rock that fell into the ocean

a sandwich rock that fell into the ocean

The sandstone is incredibly jagged with all shapes and sizes. In the narrow gaps and crevices  little rocks and shells melt into the surface where they remain captive for life.

the ocean embraces the shoreline

the ocean embraces the shoreline

jagged shapes and sizes

jagged shapes and sizes

The views down here are stunning. The cliffs rise up around 80 metres, almost vertical. We are in the middle of one of the giant’s sandwiches.

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7 thoughts on “A COASTAL BUSH WALK TO MERMAID INLET

  1. Stunning. Amazingly enough, this is exactly how I envisioned the ocean home of one of the characters in my novel. I feel as though I have been there. Would love to have seen that mermaid though….;)

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