The secluded Gordons Bay in Sydney has been voted one of the best snorkelling spots in the city and with an underwater nature trail is also a popular spot among scuba divers on the weekend. The pocket-sized beach is lined with racks of boats from the local fishing club, reminiscent of a European fishing village and the bay is lined with big rocks that meet the crystal blue waters. Secluded and quiet, it’s a perfect place to relax and become one with nature. Unless you come on the weekend, then you’ll just get crowds of people. Who knows me, knows I work every single weekend and therefore not only dodging the crowds, but scuba diving is not an option either unless I want to miss out on my pay. However as Gordons Bay is just the next beach over from Coogee Bay what I call home, it makes sense I would go snorkelling at least.
Gordons Bay is only accessible on foot on the Coogee to Bondi Walk and 10 minutes from Coogee Beach. The secluded Bay features topless mermaids (read: topless chicks) sunbathing on the rocks, turquoise water and a reef wall with plenty of familiar fish about. The stage was set and the weather was one of the hottest, this will be remembered as one of the best days spent in Sydney.
It had been ridiculously hot in the recent days, even so much so that any activity, even sleeping was hard. The cooling water as I jumped in was for once a welcome feeling. I normally hate cold, but I thought I’ll better put up with this as it will be very hot again once I get out of that beautiful blue water.
Wallace and I swam a lot during the first snorkel session. For the first time I decided to use a GoPro as a point-and-shoot camera instead of attaching it on my mask and letting it take random photos I’ll never be able to use. It is incredibly hard trying to get a photo of a moving fish if it takes three seconds for the camera to take a photo after you press the button. So no, I didn’t get any photos of the friendly groper that greets me at every dive site in Sydney nor the plenty of stingrays that almost killed me when I dived under to explore a big shell. I didn’t even get any photos of mado or stripy, not to mention urchins who don’t even move!
What this experience has taught me is that I would suck at free diving as I can’t hold my breath for longer than 10 seconds and that Wallace is a pretty damn good underwater photographer taking one of my favourite photos of all time (yes, the first one). My first time exploring the underwater world in Sydney without scuba gear and with the limitation of my own self was far better than I expected. It doesn’t matter that we couldn’t find the real entry point for scuba divers and could never locate the reef wall and the underwater trail that I was so looking forward to, it was still better than snorkelling near Magnetic Island in tropical QLD. It's meant to be great in the tropics, right?
During my second session with Michael who joined us after work (and brought us all some pizza, what a legend!) the weather had turned cloudy and the water was a bit too refreshing. I am glad I jumped in, however, as we happened to see about ten stingrays congregating in one area, chasing each other and I kept wondering if they are just fooling around or am I witnessing nature in action. I unfortunately don’t have any photos of the second time we went in as I managed to drop our GoPro, masterfully cracking the case, making it anything but waterproof.
I found myself chasing a female groper in the process of transitioning to a big blue male groper and yet again felt free and liberated by the sea. I wonder if my passion has anything to do with the fact I’m an Aquarius? I had one of the most amazing underwater experiences that day and can only imagine how awesome it is once I locate the reef or maybe even go scuba dive the underwater nature trail. Insider tip: Go on a weekday to avoid the crowds and getting in the way of scuba divers.
Has any of you been snorkelling or scuba diving in Gordons Bay? What did you experience? Let’s talk in the comments!
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