The Coastal Village of Seal Rocks

The Coastal Village of Seal Rocks

Seal Rocks is approximately 280 kilometres north of Sydney in NSW. It is a small village named after a colony of Australian Fur Seals that once inhabited the nearby, off shore rocks. Today Seal Rocks is known for the surfing, fishing and diving and from what I observed, most of the visitors there participated in at least one of these activities.

We arrived at the caravan park late on a Monday, quickly set up our van and joined our friends for “happy hour”.

Tuesday was memorable. Light rain began to fall soon after I walked onto the beach with my camera. Fortunately I had an umbrella with me so I could continue making photos. But later that morning a major storm passed through, saturating the ground around our vans and washing away some top soil.

Number One Beach (in light rain)

Unusual Sea Plant?
Sooty Oystercatchers searching for food amongst last night’s debris

Entrance to Reflections Holiday Park at Seal Rocks

Number One Beach on Wednesday Morning

Maggie about to inspect the camp kitchen at Reflections
Lace Monitor (Goanna) near our van
What a long tongue you have

Sugarloaf Point and Lighthouse

On the 10 minute walk from the carpark to the point ….

Sea water has gradually created this tunnel through the rocks

Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse

Built in 1875, this relatively stout lighthouse originally ran on kerosene, was converted to acetylene gas in 1923, then converted to electricity in 1966 and automated in 1985.

One of the cottages now for holiday hire, previously for lighthouse personal
Some of our mob at viewing area below lighthouse

The rocks (in photos below) are said to have been home to a colony of Australian Fur Seals, which subsequently led to the naming of the nearby village. Unfortunately fur seals no longer live at this location, however at the appropriate time of year this is a good place for whale watching.

View from the lighthouse
View from below lighthouse

Boathouse Beach/Sugarloaf Bay (just south east of Number One Beach)

Thanks for viewing and have a great day.

  • ruthwc
    Posted at 12:19h, 22 February Reply

    Magic photography, as always. Wonderful, Alistair!

    • alistairstravel
      Posted at 14:50h, 22 February Reply

      I greatly appreciate your comment Ruth

  • John Summers
    Posted at 13:30h, 22 February Reply

    Is that you in the red top in the first pic, Alistair? Well, while you’re out there looking for the perfect wave, I’m onshore at Blackheath picking up perfect $2 bargains: pristine LPs of the Goons (starring Spike Milligna (the well-known typing error), Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren (!), the Naked Vicar Show, Jose Feliciano, and Phyllis Diller (My husband, Fang, doesn’t go out much. His idea of a night out is going out onto the verandah and watching television through the window. So he surprised us all one night by announcing: “Kids, I’m taking you out for coffee and donuts!” Well….the kids had never given blood before…..” Keep travelling, my friend, and report in next time you’re in town John Summers

    • alistairstravel
      Posted at 14:47h, 22 February Reply

      You’re a good man John, but me surfing??? haha. Love the Phyllis Diller Joke. Yes it would be good to catch up again soon

  • Rodger Jamieson
    Posted at 16:00h, 23 February Reply

    Hi Al – brings back memories of me suring here in the 70’s – one of my favourite spots! thanks for the memories.

    • alistairstravel
      Posted at 17:34h, 23 February Reply

      I had forgotten you surfed at Seal Rocks, probably because I had no idea where it was or what it was like back then. Glad I could bring back passed positive feelings.

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