Posts Tagged ‘Mystery Bay’

Skywatch Friday – more Mystery bay

September 19, 2008

Here are some more Mystery Bay photos from our holiday last December for Skywatch Friday.  It’s a warm day in Sydney today (29C at 2pm – which is hot for early spring!) and the weather seems summer-holiday/vacation-ish (but ironically our vacation last year was so wet that we came home 2 days early!).  So what better pics to post than of my favourite beach at my favourite vacation place?

Mystery Bay beach, looking south

Mystery Bay beach, looking south

Mystery Bay beach, looking north

Mystery Bay beach, looking north

I would love to go snorkelling soon!  But the water is cold here (New South Wales) even with a wetsuit till mid December when we get a warm current replacing the cold one.

Wondering how Mystery Bay got it’s name?
“Mystery Bay south of Narooma earned its name from a shipwreck event. In October 1880 Lamont Young, a surveyor with the Mines Department and his four companions were sailing down the south coast of New South Wales. Young and his party were on a government expedition to investigate new reports of extensive discoveries of gold. Their boat was wrecked in Mystery Bay. The story goes that a bullet was found lodged in the side of the boat, vomit was detected across the bow and the crew’s belongings were still on board. The five occupants, however, were nowhere to be found. Stories circulated of drownings or even murder. Adding to the intrigue, the crewmen have never been found and there is now no trace of the boat. It is thought that the boat was probably recovered at the time.”

The site of the wreck is on the right in the second photo.  Not that there is anything to see!  Just stingrays and kelp and anenomes.

Skywatch Friday

August 28, 2008

Skywatch Friday is hosted here.

Mystery Bay again.

Mystery Bay

Mystery Bay

I love how the shapes of the clouds seem to echo the shapes of the rocks. Montague island on the horizon. We have not yet visited there. Too much to do on the mainland!  Wonderful snorkelling here.  Stingrays and huge sea urchins.  A beach where sea eagles are common. Once I sat on the beach with my binos while C and MissN were body boarding and simultaneously watched a sea eagle, a whistling kite and a peregrine falcon.  It doesn’t get much better than that.

And a sunset from the cottages:

sunset Mystery Bay

sunset Mystery Bay

We need to plan another visit, probably sans MissN who has grown a bit teen-weary of the unspoiled far south coast.  But she has memories for a life-time, of dolphins in the surf at 1080 beach on her 9th birthday, and a plane trip in a 4 seater on her 10th birthday, of fish she has caught in Wallaga and Wallagoot and Corunna lakes and fudge from Central Tilba, and fluffy cow road (Sunnyside road), and coffee at Casey’s and an octopus in the seagrass as we dined at Pelicans at Narooma, and a bluegrass band at Quarterdeck, and black cockatoos and red parrots and a stingray in the rockpool at brain rock and sea stars… but maybe those are just my memories.  I will have to ask her about hers.

Ruby Tuesday #3 – king parrots & crimson rosellas

August 20, 2008


Today is Ruby Tuesday, which is hosted here and involves posting a photo of your own which features red.

King Parrot

King Parrot

Not a great photo (it was taken through glass) but one of my favourite birds – the king parrot which is found on the east coast of Australia.  This was taken last December at one of my favourite places, Mystery Bay Cottages, at Mystery Bay on the far south coast of New South Wales. We have enjoyed 5 summer holidays there, having gone there the first time when MissN was 3.

These are crimson rosellas.  Well, the birds are.  The crimsons came to be fed a couple of times a day.  The king parrots were very occasional visitors, and the more special because of it.

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosellas

MissA, Wendy, MissN

MissA, Wendy, MissN

The first time I saw a crimson rosella (my fourth day in Australia way back in 1987) I could not believe the intensity of the colour.  They continue to bless me now each time I see them, 21 years later, and I never tire of the thrill of spotting or watching them.  They aren’t common around where we live (they need more bush) but I have seen both king parrots and crimson rosellas down on Majors Bay (on Sydney harbour) which is maybe 1-2 kms away.

How can one look at these birds and not thank the creator for them?