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Gerringong – Part 2

Most people know Gerringong for the vast expanse of Werri Beach, so let’s go and explore.

On the north end of the beach is Werri Lagoon, which at high tide flows into the sea. We had to wade to get to Red Cliff and its rock platform. The hills behind the town was a wonderful green after recent rains.

Werri Beach

It was a wild sea that day.

Werri Beach

So much so that the rushing waves set off these two mini blowholes.

Werri Beach

Gerringong – Part 1

I like the Illawarra coast, and last week I got to visit the seaside town of Gerringong. Gerringong has always been the smaller brother of Kiama, a few k’s up the coast, but with the coming of the by-pass it’s about to get very big. I’m glad that I made this visit before it changed for good.

We took a little walk along the relatively new Kiama to Gerringong Coast Track to the other side of Red Cliff. Walking along the shoreline, Hubby told me that the cliff was made up of Permian aged sandstone, rich in iron (hence the red).

Werri Beach

Meanwhile, the rock platform below was made up of black basalt, meaning that there was volcanic activity here at some stage. Other local landmarks such as Bombo and the Blowhole are also made of basalt. It’s spectacular when the swell is up.

Werri Beach

Secret Places – Boat Harbour

One of my favourite weekend drives has to be down the coast, past Kiama, to the villages of Gerringong and Gerroa. Gerringong is the bigger of the two, with a substantial surf beach, shops and rock pool. It’s what Kiama used to be 15 years ago.

But even Gerringong has its secret spots. I discovered Boat Harbour on a weekend stay.


It’s a secluded, little cove with its own colony of pelicans, cow pastures, and a cute little rock pool that’s wonderful on a summer’s morning.

Beautiful Boat Harbour Rock pool detail Perched

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