Last time I paddled this section of coast Doug was in Vancouver and I was pursuing my straight line policy to try to keep up with the bigger boys in home-made boats and saw very little of the hidden beaches and rocky coves between Narooma and Mystery Bay. A local bus runs past the Mystery Bay Road twice a day, once in the morning and once in the late afternoon and simplifies the whole shuttle affair. Doug dropped me and the kayaks at the Jetty Park in Narooma while he drove down to the Mystery Bay turn-off to catch - or miss - the bus. After setting up the kayaks, I spent the time climbing laps around the excellent kids playground to stay warm. This caused the adults some consternation but, as usual, the kids loved it.
Meanwhile, Doug was standing at the turn-off to Mystery Bay waiting for the bus which came by just a minute or two late at a steady 120 km/hour leaving Doug at the curb. Luckily, a local "tradie" gave him a ride into town and I barely noticed he was late. Turns out, the bus stop is actually 250 metres north of Mystery Bay Road for the northbound bus, and south for the southbound bus.
Exploring around Glasshouse Rocks
Wagonga Inlet is famous for clear water and big rays and both were in evidence as we paddled out past the breakwater. Usually there are seals hauled out on the rocks but it must have been too cold as we did not see any. The rocky headland directly underneath the golf course has amazing big sea caves which we paddled into. You might not know these are there unless you go right into all the little bays. After having a play around these rocks we continued down the coast to Glasshouse Rocks. These little islets off shore don't really look like Glasshouses but they do offer some interesting paddling.
A cool arch near Corunna Point
Another longer section of beach follows as you paddle south past Handkerchief Beach to Barunga Point. There are a couple of semi-sheltered landings, depending on conditions along the way but a big easterly or southerly swell would make landing challenging. There are more rocks and cliffs at Barunga Point and then a short section of beach to more scattered rocks at Bogota Head. We had dolphins with us the entire distance along this coast.
Paddling past Glasshouse Rocks
The best part of this paddle is from Corunna Point to Mystery Bay where there are rocks, gulches, gauntlets, and sea caves. We took our time exploring this section before pulling into Mystery Bay where there is a handy tap for washing gear. Doug walked the 2.5 km out to where we had left the car and arrived back before I had even finished my thermos of tea.