Mystery Bay

October 8, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Posted in Australia, Experiences, Nature, Tourism | 11 Comments
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A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I drove south of where we live, past Sydney and Wollongong and Nowra, and enjoyed a few days on the South Coast of New South Wales. There is lots of bush country down there – huge national parks, beaches, lakes and rivers. The towns and villages haven’t grown too big, and you can see history all around.

One of the places we visited was Mystery Bay, which is part of the Batemans Bay Marine Park. Mystery Bay has a beautiful golden beach, that begins at the forest edge. The waters of the bay are clear and cool. On a sunny day, the seas are blue, and the foaming waves that sweep across the guardian rocks are sparkling white.

 We had only heard of the place when we camped at a ‘primitive camp ground’ a couple of days before. Then a Council worker cleaning public toilets at a park said it was a great place to visit. We turned off the main road and soon found ourselves in the camping ground, surrounded by tall spotted gums. The sandy beach began at the edge of the treeline.

There are magnificent rock formations reaching out into the sea, which crashes against them and protects the beach. Small rocky islets stand away from the shore.

We had our lunch in the camping grounds, where there are basic amenities only: toilets and cold showers. I walked through the forest and admired the tall and straight spotted gums. They were used for pier posts, electricity poles and bridge supports in the days before iron was generally used.

There is a tiny village, but no shops. Diving would be a great experience there. Cabin accommodation is available in the area. It’s a quiet and reasonably remote area that would be perfect for a camping holiday.

We loved Mystery Bay, and we will be heading back there again one day in our little camper van to relax and enjoy the bush, the beach and the rocks.

(c) Linda Visman

The  photos were taken by me and my husband.

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  1. I really want to visit your hemisphere. This lovely travelog whetted my appetite even more. My friend is flying to Australia in a couple of weeks time for her son’s wedding, and I know she’ll bring back more glorious photos and tales. One day I’ll do it and visit Mystery Bay for myself.

    • I am pleased that you want to come here and to other countries in the southern hemisphere. There is something about them that is newer and wilder and more real than in the north, I think.
      When you decide to come here, let me know – you must come and visit me! 🙂

  2. What beautiful places Linda. You both must have had a wonderful time. Great images.

  3. Lovely places, Linda. Your descriptions really take me there. It looks idyllic and tranquil

    • It was beautiful, Sarah, and I am glad that you ‘saw’ the place in my words as well as in the photos.

  4. It is so comforting to know such places exist. I’m so glad you had a lovely time there. Thank you for the photos!

    • Thank you for dropping in, Debbie. I think I might go crazy if such places didn’t exist!

      • Me too! It was nice just finding that little bit of open ground in Cardiff!

  5. I can see why you want to go back – it looks wonderful. My husband and I travelled through Bateman’s Bay a few years ago but I’ve never heard of Mystery Bay. Definitely on my list for future trips though 🙂

  6. A very pretty place!


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