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Wreck Walk, Currarong

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Published May 9th 2016
Scenic bushwalk and the wreck of the SS Merimbula
Currarong is a quiet coastal village on the south coast of New South Wales. Surrounded by both Jervis Bay National Park and the Jervis Bay Marine Park, it is the perfect place to escape the city, relax and unwind. Here you can enjoy fishing, swimming, diving, bushwalking and, with a bit of luck, some dolphin spotting.

We recently did the Wreck Walk out to Whale Point to see the wreck of the S.S. Merimbula.

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Foreshore Reserve

We started our walk from the boat ramp on Yalwal Street, Currarong. The Currarong Heritage Trail is signposted with yellow markers on trees along the way. The walk took us along the grassy foreshore reserve. At the eastern end of the reserve, you will discover some beautiful natural rock pools with water that is stunningly clear and inviting.

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Natural rock pool

The natural pools have been created by a sandy channel running between two sets of rocks. The pool is around 20-30 metres long and 3-4 metres wide. There is plenty of room for a dip and a paddle. There are man-made steps and a hand rail to help you get in or out.

Continuing past the rock pools you need to walk over some rocks to get to Abrahams Bosom Beach. This strangely named beach and reserve uses an Old Testament reference to safety. Ships captains, sailing along the east coast, have historically used the term "Abrahams bosom" to refer to this area as it provided shelter to vessels in stormy weather.

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Abrahams Bosom Beach

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Rock Ledges

At the eastern end of the beach you will find lovely rock ledges to explore and a creek running from the beach to Abrahams Bosom Reserve. At the reserve you will find picnic facilities, a toilet and car park.

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Footbridge over the creek

The walking track to Whale Point is signposted from the car park. The entrance is marked by a timber footbridge. From here the Wreck Walk is a 2.5km return trip.

The track is a couple of metres wide and leads you through mostly level terrain. At the start of the walk we admired some very large tree trunks along the track.

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Walking Track

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Enjoying the scenery

Our walk took place on a warm and sunny day during May and we experienced both dappled sunlight as well as full sun along the track where the tree cover was not as thick.

On the Beecroft Headland there are a number of walking tracks to choose from with an information stand providing some information and guidelines. Alternatively you can download a list of the walks available by clicking here.

On this day we chose just to do the Wreck Walk. For the second half of our walk the track was lined on both sides with the beautiful yellow flowers of the coastal banksia.

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Coastal banksia

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Read about the S.S. Merimbula here

Before you reach Whale Point there is a stone monument with a plaque dedicated to the wreck of the S.S. Merimbula. Described as Currarong's most famous ship wreck, the history of the S.S. Merimbula is interesting to learn.

Built in 1909 in Scotland, the ship was used by the Illawarra and South Coast Steam Navigation Company to carry passengers and cargo on a regular route from Sydney to Eden via the ports of Bermagui, Tathra and Merimbula.

On this ill-fated voyage the ship left Sydney on Monday 26th March 1928 but encountered heavy weather as it travelled down the coast carrying 14 passengers and 35 crew members.

Due to heavy rains and poor visibility it struck the reef on the Beecroft Peninsula on the evening of the 27th March 1928. The captain of the ship ordered passengers and crew in to life jackets and luckily no lives were lost. The passengers were eventually rowed across to the mouth of the Currarong Creek in lifeboats the next morning.

A passengers account of the ordeal can be read in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper here.

Sadly this was the last steam passenger service to operate on the NSW south coast. After the wreck the Illawarra and South Coast Steam Navigation Company confined their activities to cargo services.

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Whale Point

From the beach you can only see the tip of one of the pieces of the wreck. However if the tide allows you to scramble over the rocks you will be rewarded with many more rusty relics to explore.

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Rusty relics of the S.S Merimbula

While some of the remains of the ship lie amongst the boulders on the reef, there are many more which remain submerged near the tip of Whale Point making it a popular dive site.

The ships anchor has been recovered from the site and can be seen at the entrance to the Currarong Bowling & Recreation Club.

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Anchor of the S.S. Merimbula

The Wreck Walk is an easy and very scenic walk for the whole family to enjoy. The walk from Abrahams Bosom Reserve to the ship wreck and back only takes about an hour.

Currarong is located in the Shoalhaven area of New South Wales and is a 2.5 hours drive from Sydney.
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Where: Abrahams Bosom Reserve Currarong
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It looks like a very inviting stretch of beach. The rock pool would be good for a dip on the return journey.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4206) 1866 days ago
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