The joy of the new normal, is working from home doesn't define who’s home, so Paul, Gary and I all found ourselves working from his recently renovated and very charming Currarong holiday home. The weather on the drive down looked charming, but you could see the wind was beginning to pick up.
By lunchtime the fateful news that there were no dive sites likely to be accessible by boat (even though it is a rib, the 40 knot winds and 6m seas were too much) on Saturday and would we like a guided shore dive on the far (south) side of bay? We all agreed that was probably not the best value and maybe it would be a good day for a hike instead.
Sandy, Duncan and Sam all arrived early Friday evening, by which time the wind had picked up and rain had set in, not that that worried us as we enjoyed curry and pizzas around the fire.
Saturday morning was blustery but dry, so we set off on a hike around Beecroft Head. First stop, Whale Point, site of the TSS Merimbula. At first glance, it didn't look too bad, but it wasn't long before a set of large breakers came in confirming that it wouldn't have been a pleasant dive. From there we went onto Mermaid Inlet and Gosangs Tunnel - a spectacular tunnel that leads through to the cliff face. Here you could feel the cliffs shudder from the pounding seas. Taking advantage of a gap in the showers we pressed on to The Merimbula Trig Station, and the stinging rain return, so after a quick photo op, we pressed on, keen to get back to the house and dry out around the fire and a few rounds of hot cheese toasties for lunch.
Sunday the winds had eased, relatively, but the seas were still big so we all beat a retreat to Sydney.