1 October 2013 South Coast: Burrewarra Pt to Tomakin


Rock fall during and after - and Barlings Island

Map: Mogo 1:25000

Walk Description

This walk was organised and led by Eric G as an irregular CBC Tuesday walk:

Tuesday 1 October: South Coast - Burrewarra Pt to Tomakin - M/M. Long drive (2 1/4 hours). From Burrewarra Pt car park walk on track past WW2 radar station No. 17 Radar Station RAAF to lighthouse Burrewarra Point Light thence clifftop footpad and little-known beaches West to Barlings Is for lunch (some rock-hopping required). Good chance of whale sightings close inshore as this is middle of Southerly migration period. After lunch a choice of a scenic inland walk along Bevian Rd, returning through Mogo State forest to junction of George Bass Drive and Bevian Rd; or a short drive to Broulee for level stroll around Broulee Island (Broulee Nature Reserve). Car shuffle between Burrewarra Pt and Bevian Rd. Around 14km and 400m climb (10km and 100m for Broulee option). Map: Mogo. Transport: ~$130 per car. Limit 12 (3 cars). Bookings to leader Eric G.

8 of us drove from Canberra in 2 vehicles. Captain Eric preceded us to whistle in the whales.

Track Maps

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Track Notes

So nice to be driven down the coast. We met Captain Eric at Burrewarra Pt and arranged a car shuttle. Off on our wander just before 10am.

Some items of interest in the WW2 radar station No. 17 Radar Station RAAF, Burrewarra geodetic station and Burrewarra Point Light. A lovely walk through old man Banksias. Morning tea at the top of a steep drop to the water, with fabulous views out to sea.

Continued W along the cliff tops with views to the headlands and remote little beaches and down to the tip of Long Nose Point. The wind was rising and Eric's excellent option of him taking us out in his vessel seemed less likely. Still no whale sighting.

Down at the rocky passage across to Barlings Island, the water was too deep and wind blown to cross, so we retreated and were blown around into the lee of a little headland for lunch. Much excitement as a rock fall grazed Eric's shoulder, arm and hand. A killer-sized boulder seemed to land about where I'd been sitting a few seconds earlier. I'd just got up to take a photo and caught it landing. Phillipians 1:21!

We walked back to the positioned cars, then drove to Broulee and circumnavigated Broulee Island.

The best finish to a walk ever - back to Eric's for a drink and the awesome views from his home.

The worst finish to a walk ever - Eric reported a mother and calf whale about 50m off the beach the next day!


Distance: 10.4km Climb: 290m. Time: 9.50am - 2.40pm (4hrs 50 mins), with 55mins of breaks and some driving.

Grading: M/E-M; E(7)

Walk Participants

9 walkers - Mike B, Peter C, Cynthia C, Eric G (Captain and leader), Linda G, Jenny H, Max S, Ian W, me.

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