What a way to end our exploration of the NSW coast! Bittangabee, with its crystal clear inlet and georgeous little nook around the corner from the main bay would have to be the most heavenly anchorage of our cruise.
You are not strictly alone here. There is an established bush camping site on the Southern side of the inlet, accessible via dirt road. But people who go there appreciate nature. There is only tank water, of course no power, but there is a waste disposal area and a few bush toilets … Campers need to be self-sufficient.
So although the bay is not deserted, we are the only boat here, especially in our little bolt hole. It can blow strongly from any direction, we are totally protected, tied up to the shore in our cat’s cradle.
But the appeal is not only the shelter and boating solitude. It is the feeling of being surrounded by nature at its best: bird songs abound, beautiful fish (ludericks, sting rays, skates) come to visit, and there are oysters for a succulent feed at the back of the boat. And then there are great walks: southward to Green Cape Lighthouse, northward to Hegartys Bay and Salt Water Creek further along. You can also wade up the Bittangabee Creek which quickly turns into a small brook with its secluded rock pools. If you are lucky, as we were, you will see Superb Lyrebirds with their elegant lyre-shaped feathers, and their striking repertoire of bird calls full of mimicry. They are apparently terrestrial birds of paradise, and just as elusive as their treetop cousins.
The only two drawbacks to this little piece of heaven are that you have to play the tides to come in and out, and you have to be prepared for an internet detox. But that’s not such a bad thing!
We look forward to many happy returns to our favourite nook. But for now, we are heading back to the Gippsland Lakes. We left this morning at dawn and should be back in the Lakes on Wednesday, after the one and only overnight sail for this voyage. There will be one last post for this Summer 2014/15 Cruise once we are back safely at our home port.
We have a few photographs to share with you. As usual, click on the first image to display the gallery in full screen slideshow.