Things to do and see at Berrara.
Aboriginal for "Snapper"- obviously a good fishing spot.
Apart from the usual surfing, swimming, fishing our pristine beaches, canoing Berrara Creek or just bushwalking, you are surrounded by National Park that will never change. Bicycle riding is also popular.
Here are a few other suggestions:
Walk either along the power pole track to Fishermans Rock or you can walk along the bottom track from the Berrara Lagoon Reserve – as long as it hasn't been raining. Here you will find an excellent place to fish or picnic. The NPWS have provided picnic tables.
There are aboriginal spear sharpening grooves on some of the rocks at this site. Follow the track further west and you will come to the little waterfall on Berrara Creek.
Walk to Walter Hood Monument via Berrara Creek and NPWS bush trails.
Continue past Fishermans Rock and cross over the little waterfall and follow the track to the end of Berrara Creek. There is also a waterfall up the creek a little further. Cross the creek and follow the signs. You can return along Berrara Beach
About three hours. Better to go with someone who knows the way.
The Glanville Graveyard.
On the way to Fishermans, have a look at the Glanville family's private graveyard. They are situated behind the last home in Sundowner Ave
and are fenced off with a fence that appears to be made of sleepers.
This tiny cemetery continues to be used by the family. There does not
appear to be any other graveyard in the Sussex Inlet area.
NOTE: Look at the fossils and photograph them if you wish, but please don't damage or try to remove fossils or take rocks containing them, as it is illegal to do so. If everyone went home with a fossil, there would be none left for others to study.
A walk down to Mermaid.
Walk south along Berrara Beach to the rocky headland. Walk across the flat rocks and you will find
the Mermaid pool. A beautiful natural swimming pool in the rocks. Watch it at high tide as water can pour into Mermaid like a waterfall. If you don't feel like a swim, take some bread with you, sit up on the rocks and throw the bread in the pool and watch the fish feed.
Monument Beach,Walter Hood Monument
Continue past Mermaid, follow the path around the headland rocks, cross over the next beach, another rock shelf then when you come to what is commonly called Monument Lake, but is on maps as Nerrindillah Creek, look for a track leading from the bank through grass and bush north and this will lead you up to the Walter Hood Monument .
The Walter Hood was wrecked on rocks off this beach on the 26th April 1870 with the loss of one passenger, the Captain and nine of his crew. There is a picnic shelter, water and toilets here. Unlike the photo below, no one can get this close to the monument as there is now a cyclone fence surrounding it.
The Walter Hood was
carrying tiles for St Marys Cathedral and some of the the broken tiles that had been washed up, were collected and spread around on the flat section where the children are standing. There are not many pieces of tiles and bottles washed up now, but in years past, it was very common to find them on the shore. The wreck lies in about 10metres of water and is a popular dive spot.
Fossils in Rock Shelf
Berrara Cove rocks contain many fossils dating back millions of years.The most common fossils on the "Cove" rock platform are of pectins (scallop like molluscs) and crinoids( long skiny echinoderms). They are
lying in sediments that are about 240-280 million years old.
During the Paleozoic Era Berrara was covered by a shallow sea and the climate was tropical or sub tropical.
The world was a warmer wetter place then. However, towards the end of this era during the Ordovician period the greatest mass extinction in
the earths history took place. This was probably due to global cooling plunging the world into an extreme ice age. Berrara would have been engulfed by the polar ice caps. Species had nowhere to migrate to and 90% of life on earth disappeared.
Fossil information, courtesy of Dr.Graham Morgan, thanks Graham.