Celebrating 30 years

Lurline Bay

A surprising little seafront pocket, located on The Sports Coast between Coogee and Maroubra Beaches, Lurline Bay is a secluded rocky basin, exposed to the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. Nestled between weather sculptured headlands, the small bay can only be accessed via the coastal walk from either Seaside Parade to the north or Marine Parade if coming fromMaroubra Beach.

Start the day by watching the sunrise light up the bay. Take a seat on the fallen rocks, explore the myriad rock pools and smell the fresh ocean breeze while enjoying the spectacular view. In the months of June and July a keen eye may be rewarded with the sight of Humpback and Southern Right whales as they make their annual journey northward to warmer waters. The return journey begins in September and October.

Hidden away, this prestigious location with sweeping views overlooking the bay, is spotted with grand mansions and interesting houses. See the different styles of architecture reflecting the decades since about the 1940s when the Bay was first deemed a desirable location for residential development. Increasingly the Bay is being lined with grand eye catching homes.

Walk across the rocky platform at the base of the cliffs, clambering over the rocks, as sea birds fly to and from their hidden nests in the cliff face. See local rock fishermen as they cast off, waiting patiently with their rods baited for the fish to bite.

As you walk around the bay, special note should be taken of a 12 metre long 2 metre wide channel hand cut into the rock shelf at the very head of the bay. In the 1920s, Percy Bates, a man ahead of his times, was determined to show how wave power could be harnessed to generate electricity. “A shed and a rusting cable running into a hewn rock channel remained there until the 1950s by which time they were seen as evidence of eccentricity. In fact, Bates had produced electricity to light his shed and power several radiators. Underwater in the channel, an ingenious van ran on rails, pumping water from a reservoir to a turbine.” (Sydney Morning Herald 18/02/1984).

Care should be taken of unexpected waves washing over the rocks when walking around the bay. Be sure to check the tide and sea conditions before venturing along this part of the Coastal Walk. At high tide and in rough seas, walkers need to divert through the streets adjoining the bay.

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