On the last night of our long weekend away in Bermagui, I resisted the urge to photograph the sunset at one of the famous local rock formations and instead stayed in town. There was some high cloud about and a little bit of colour and I enjoyed flying the drone over the water and then wandering around the various lookouts with my DSLR.
Here’s a 180º looking towards the river. We stayed at the Blue Pacific Holiday Units which are located just up the hill to the left of the bridge. Lovely clean and modern accommodation and in the perfect spot to walk into town or to head out in the car. We enjoyed it so much we re-booked as soon as we got home and will be heading down for a later-summer weekend away.
Bermagui Harbour is a busy little place. This is due almost entirely to the fact that it’s something of a hub for the local game-fishing industry. Most of the boats you see moored at the wharfs are game-fishing charters that take keen fishermen off-shore to try and catch a marlin or two.
On the right of this photo is a red-brick building which is home to the River Rock Cafe. You can rent surf boards, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards here and it’s the perfect spot to do it because the water is literally just across the road. I had a very tasty chicken burrito there too.
Okay, so confession time. I was rushing about looking for cool vantage points to photograph the sunset and I had a bit of a brain-fart and went in search of Australia Rock. This would of course prove to be problematic because I was in Bermagui, not Narooma. I drove up and down these little lookouts for more time than I’m prepared to publicly admit, before I remembered that the famous rock formation was 30km to my north. And yes, I did do a Homer Simpon “Doh!” when the penny finally dropped. Anyway, once I’d recovered from my geographic faux pas, I headed round to the headland you can see here in my drone shot just the other side of the Bermi Bar. When I parked up there (about half an hour after I took this shot) there were lots of people ‘relaxing’ on the grass and I cheerfully wandered into the middle of their little gathering with my camera, to take some photos out across Horseshoe Bay. It was only when I was right in the middle of them and was getting some funny looks that I realised it was some sort of Buddhist meditation/prayer thingy and they were all together and doing Buddhist-type chants. Whoops. So I ermm, made my excuses and beat a (quiet) retreat! Anyway – it’s a lovely spot and, assuming there isn’t some meditation/prayer type thingy going on there, I can highly recommend it as a location for sunset shots.
And here’s the shot I wanted to take from the afore-mentioned spot, which I actually took a bit further round the corner. This is a manual pano taken with the 50mm with the clouds on top of Mount Gulaga getting back-lit by the setting sun. Like Mount Cullunghutti in my own backyard, Gulaga is of great significance to the indigenous community, which in this case is the Yuin people. You don’t have to look at such an amazing view for long to realise why it has such central spiritual importance to these people who’ve been enjoying this view for over 20,000 years.