Eurobodalla beaches: Guerilla Bay

My Thursdays are rich and full, and today the tide obliged for phase 1, a (relatively) early exploration of a beach my son assures me I’ve visited before, once long ago, “in the days when you made us all walk”. No memory in my head. Maybe I was too caught up in wrangling unwilling walkers.

I have to ask a man walking with his music for directions to the beach. I drive through bushland hiding houses, some of them obviously old beach shacks from, maybe, the 1940s, some of them who’d probably regard “shack” as a dirty word.

When I reach the car park I find the owners of a camper van with breakfast spread out on the picnic table, looking out over a pair of rocky headlands enclosing a bay, guarded on the sea-side by a rocky island.

Suddenly I’m back in the world of geology. Formations look familiar and I poke around muttering “BIM? Bogolo? Collision between land and tectonic plate? It looks like Narooma. I wonder … ?” Back home I google and find a site which quotes at length a paper about the geology of Guerilla Bay. I’m delighted to recognise all the geological terms, and to find it is indeed like Narooma.

Of course, I’m also caught by beauty: seaweed draped as if by a practitioner of haute couture: rockpools nestled in rockpatterns; pools of rocks and pools of sand; multi-coloured rock; honeycomb niches waiting for minute madonnas or providing a hook for a dog-leash.

I leave the beach and look back at it through a screen of leaves. The track winds briefly through the bush and I return to the sand a couple of metres away from the stairs that took me to the track.

I head briefly south to a longer, less interesting beach, backed by visible houses.

Time’s running out, so I walk past a tumble of rocks; a spread of grey pebbles; across a rock platform to different angles on the ancient rocks; and a reminder of human attempts to preserve this environment.

The name Guerilla Bay is taken (probably) from an Aboriginal word guarella, meaning “big rock”

10 thoughts on “Eurobodalla beaches: Guerilla Bay

  1. Such a range of beauty, Meg! I have family here at present and the weather has turned but it’s a joy to see them 🍨🌷🍰🍦💕

  2. Love your enthusiasm for geology, Meg! And as usual, you show OS the terrain together with the smaller details…. I shall be posting some decay in a few days!

  3. Enjoy your family my dear friend. I have a backlog of blog-reading that might have to wait till after Easter: I’m not neglecting you. Have a hug or two from the antipodes.

  4. This beach was a special delight – a good start to a busy day. Of which I’ve had many recently, often involving long drives, which may account for my silence. My main decay experience this days is, unfortunately, my guttering!

  5. Thanks, darlin 🙂 🙂 Just waiting for small person to join me for reading time. Sam Wu is not afraid of Sharks 🙂 Hugs back to you!

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