We were last here on a warm and sunny summer day with Sister, Bone Doctor and about one and half year old Little Jo who was bathed in the water. I suppose I wrote a post about it. I remember the day as I fell over the baby gate into the kitchen in their Murrumbeena flat kitchen and rather hurt myself. Little Jo is nearly twelve now, so it was ten years ago. It's a nice beach.
We bought a bacon and egg roll from the Beach House Cafe. Proper dining is upstairs. We also bought surprisingly good coffee and sat a table and chairs outside beside the seawall.
Afterwards we walked out onto the jetty.
This is what remains of HMVS Cerberus, the Navy of the Colony of Victoria's armoured first non sail power ship, launched in 1870. She was sold for scrap and scuttled as a beach breakwater in 1926.
Like all shipwrecks within Australian waters after seventy years the water around the ship becomes a protected zone and no one can enter without permission. Permits are not been given for this area as the hull is in imminent danger of collapse. Still, I am sure that doesn't stop the children swimming out the 180 metres and jumping into the water from the wreck as they have always done in my memory. That would be the very privileged children from the local area.
Plenty of walking tracks in the scrubby sand dunes. I think in years past the walking tracks were used at night by gay men to pick up. I think the disreputable newspaper The Truth once made an expose report and named names. I guess they weren't local as the thought of gay men living in Black Rock is way weird. I stand to be corrected. Perhaps it was straight men taking a little adventure. Sisters, just when you thought your bloke would never stray, perhaps they may in a way you did not imagine. Call me wrong, but I don't think it something that you should break up a marriage for if you find out about it. Men and their animalistic urges.
Lovely pink cliffs.
It was a very pleasant little outing.