Montague island is about 8km off the coast at Narooma, it takes about 20 minutes by boat to get here
It is a NPWS reserve, if you want to actually land on the island you have to join one of their guided tours as it is a protected area, or you can go around it by boat
there are daily tours which cost AUD70, the times depend on the season so ring 02 4476 2888, or enquire at the Narooma Visitors Centre
On the island is a historic lighthouse, but the main attraction are the colonies of seals, penguins and birds
BODALLA, a small town located on the south coast of New South Wales, about 20kms north of Narooma. It is a Dairying & Cheese making district and has pretty scenery surrounding the town.
What a sight we saw when arriving on the Princes Highway from Sydney, the beautiful, historic, All Saints Church sitting high on the hill. Wow! A stop had to be made, but unfortunately, I couldn't go inside for a look.
The architect chosen was Edmund T. Blacket, architect of the cathedrals of St Andrew's, Sydney and St Saviour's, Goulburn, both beautiful churches, obviously, this guy knew what he was doing! Previously, I managed to visit St. Saviour's in Goulburn, what a beautiful Church this was!
The granite of which it is built was quarried on the Estate. The entrance door, with its intricate hand wrought iron hinges and straps and the stone font Within, were designed by E.T. Blacket himself.
The building was finished in 1901, but still lacked the intended spire. It was consecrated on the Feast of All Saints, the following year.
This it was it says the inside is like.........quote.........
All the woodwork is of oak. The stained glass windows, the Chancel tiles the unusual reredos of marble mosaic, as well as the pipe organ, were brought from England. On the Chancel arch are Thomas Mort's last words: 'THINE EYES SHALL SEE ThE KING IN HIS BEAUTY. and beyond it the stained glass windows of the Transfiguration light up the Sanctuary. This East window was the gift of the people of Bodalla in memory of T.S. Mort and his wife Theresa Shepheard.
The beautiful hand embroidered furnishings were the work of their daughters, the original festal altar frontal being made from Theresa Mort's wedding dress, while her wedding ring is incorporated in the stem of the silver gilt chalice. The oak light standards in the Chancel were turned from trees grown on Ernest Mort's property in Surrey and are a memorial to their youngest son, the Reverend Emest Mort.
The building cost £13,000 to erect. There are many tablets on the walls in memory of the members of the Mort family and various worshippers of the past."
So, it looks like I will have to return to see the inside of what sounds to be a beautiful church. It certainly is on the outside.
Australia Rock, actually looks like a map of Australia. IT is found at the bar crossing (where the inlet empties into the sea).
The shape of the rock wall was accidental and was created many years ago when a ship was tied to the rock with large chains to prevent it from washing away.
The chains wore the shape into the rock during rough seas and it has been known as Australia Rock ever since.
You can clamber around and through it a low time. A good place to explore the Rock Pools, but remember, if you see a bright blue little Octopus,(Blue Ringed Octopus) leave it alone because it is deadly! They love Rock Pools!
AT Bar Rock lookout, just don't stop there, but walk further on.
There is a very good pathway that winds its way down the hillside to where "Australia rock" is. By going on this walk, even if you don't go to the bottom, you get good views of Wagonga Inlet and the Wharf area, which you can't see from the 1st lookout.
This is a great lookout with views over the Ocean and the Bar. The Cliffs are pretty rugged around this area, and there was a plaque about a shipwreck.
It is also a good spot to watch Whales and Dolphins.
There is a notice at the lookout with photos of the different types of Whales that you may spot on their migration to Queensland.
The Ocean currents tend to swirl around, and this in turn holds the krill which the Whales feed on, and they often stay in the area for up to two weeks.
If Whales are about, they can be seen only a half mile from the Bar, so this is a good spot for whale watching.
Moruya, is located on the Moruya river, between Batemans Bay and Narooma. It is located in the area known as the Eurobodalla coast.
The Moruya river flows through it.
When we were passing through Moruya, I noticed a lot of wooden carvings in the main street.
We stopped the Car and turned around, and went back to the main street to find out about them.
Well, I haven't any information, and I can't find any, so I'll just add a photo.
I can tell you, they are located all along the main street, and they have all been carved by the same man.
Moruya also has some heritage listed buildings. A drive around the back streets, and we found old St. John's church and other heritage listed buildings. It was rather pretty as the Jacarandas and Silky Oak trees were in bloom, Orange & Purple!
The latest of woodcarvings located in the main street of Moruya, was unveiled in June, 2009.
This 10 foot tall carving depicts a Dutch World War 2 pilot.
Dutch aviator Gus Winckel, was there on Saturday (6/6) to see his likeness unveiled and speak as one of many pilots who relied on Moruya airfield between 1942 and 45 while tracking and attacking Japanese and German submarines off our coast.
Like the rest of the carvings in Moruya, this latest artwork was crafted by Bryan Carrick
Not rock music, but a hole in a rock formation on the shore, amazingly it is almost Australia shaped
with time and patience it is possible to take a great photograph of someone standing in the opening, but it was so windy the day we were there that all attempts at creative photography were abandoned, this picture was taken as we set off on the whale watching trip, when we walked over to the rock on our return we had a great deal of difficulty standing upright against the wind, so we walked back, avoiding fallen branches
We saw quite a large colony of Australian fur seals, there were several cubs which are really cute, a smaller colony of New Zealand fur seals live close by, their coats are more red than the Australian seals
the two colonies seem to co-exist quite happily, and were very interesting to watch
unfortunately they did give off a very powerful aroma ! it was obviously a day when the wind was far too strong !
also on the island are the Little Penguins, and several species of birds
This is the boat we went whale watching on, it cost 50AUD each and the trip lasted 2 and a half hours
we got great commentary, and lots of laughs
there are plenty of viewing areas and there are toilets on board
for some strange and hilarious reason the crew do not allow bananas on board, unfortunately I was too busy laughing to hear the whole story why not
booking is usually essential for the daily trips, you can book direct with Narooma Charters or through the Narooma Visitor Centre on the Princess Highway
From September to November you can see the humpback whales as they migrate along the coast, you can actually see them from the shore but for a closer look go out on a whale watching trip
We saw five humpback whales, one was only a calf, and were lucky enough to see several `breaches` which is when the whales leap out of the ocean - its hard to believe that such a large creature can propel itself out of the water so far !
the sea was quite rough the day we went, this is why the photographs are so awful ! its difficult to take a good picture when you are standing on the top deck of a small boat and holding on for dear life !