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Bay Marlin Fish n’ Chips




Inner Boatsman/ Bay Marlin Fish n’ Chips
* Shop 8, Bridge Plz *
Batesman Bay, New South Wales, Australia * 2536 * (02) 4472 3244 *

In the historic boatshed is Bay Marlin’s Fish n’ Chips seafood shop and restaurant. Great place to grab some fish and chips, walk over to the docks, and glance at the boats, while feeding the seagulls. In the heart of downtown Batesman Bay its a good place to wrap up your day wandering around the Sapphire Coast. Good fish n’ chips! Rating: 4 stars out of 5.



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Batesman Bay

Batesman Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Just north of Narooma is the small resort town of Batemans Bay just north on the Sapphire Coast in the South Coast of New South Wales on the Princes Highway (Hwy 1), it is also one of the connecting coastal city routes to Canberra. With a population of just over 10,800 inhabitants, Batesman Bay is a well known seaside town known for tourism, beach holidays, retiree’s, young familes, and relaxation. It is also popular for its sawmill, oyster farming, foresty, eco-tourism, and retail services. Geologically it is where the Clyde River empties into the Tasman Sea.

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Chronicles 4/21

Travels Down Under:
Narooma to Batesman Bay and Beyond, Counting Dead Kangaroo

Thursday, April 21, 2011
* Narooma to Batesman Bay, New South Wales, Australia *

Breakfast at the Narooma YHA, Sir Thomas Leaf sadly said goodbye to his new German friend as he and Sir Bluey Bee set off for last bit of wanderings around Narooma, sadly saying goodbye to his piece of Australian paradise. Sir Bluey took Sir Thomas a wandering to view some more geological formations on the beaches as they headed up towards Batesman Bay. En route, Sir Bluey took Sir Thomas to a beach for a swim while he went a wandering for some last chances at fishing, again to no avail. They then bartered a bet for a cider as Sir Bluey claimed they would see dozens of dead kangaroos and wombats along the roadside, to which Sir Thomas challenged they wouldn’t see 5 from Batesman Bay to Canberra … and lo and behold, they only saw 3. They did check out them, and was glad to find out that road crews would check the fresh kills for babies in the pouch. Those checked would be spray painted with a large red “X”. They originally were going to meet up with couch surfer “Jungle Jane” but missed the connection as they were passing through Batesman Bay. Instead, they went down to the city park, fed the seagulls fries and had their last fish n’ chips at the Bay Marlin before heading inland. En route, Sir Bluey showed Sir Thomas one of his favorite forests … and before dark, they returned to Canberra.

[ Chronicles: Back to Canberra ]

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04.20.11: Chronicles: Relaxing in Narooma


Fonzie’s grave?

Travels Down Under:
Relaxing in Narooma …

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
* Narooma, New South Wales, Australia *

Sir Bluey and Sir Thomas Leaf awoke in the restful Narooma YHA and started planning out their day after breakfast and tea. They also decided to stay an extra night in Narooma, which pleased Sir Thomas Leaf ecstatically since he already fell in love with Narooma. Swimming was on Sir Thomas Leaf’s mind, and fishing was on Sir Bluey Bee’s … so off they went to explore the beach for the day. Parking up by the Narooma Cemetery, the adventurers wandered down the forest path along the back picket fence, down onto the beach, where they found soft warm sand, a warm winter’s day, and chilly crystal clear water. Sir Bluey began to fish, and Sir Thomas began to swim, with Sir Bluey constantly warning him about sharks. Intriguing underwater photos as Sir Thomas tried out his underwater camera bag for the very first time. After a good day on the beach, the duo went to do some clamming using a tool that the YHA manager’s lent them, but again, to no avail. No catches. While Sir Bluey was clamming away, Sir Thomas went back to Taylor’s for a dozen oysters to feast on. Afterwards, the two headed over to Bar Beach, and while Sir Bluey fished, Sir Thomas went to see the Seals, sting rays, manta rays, and other sea life for a photo shoot down by the docks after which Sir Thomas entered the cold waters once again for a swim. Sir Bluey finally caught a small fish which they fried up that night for dinner. That evening, Sir Thomas met a nice German who he had long conversations with through the night until the communal room was closed. A good night was had by all.

[ Chronicles: Off to Batesman Bay & The Dead Kangaroo Count ]

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Narooma

Narooma
New South Wales, Australia

By far, my most favorite place in Australia, Narooma is a panoramic sensation for the beach enthusiast. Think the historic Highway 101 Coastal Oregon route meets the Bahamas and you have “Narooma”. The Aborigine suitably called this area “Clear blue waters” and nothing more could be true. Crystal clear waters. A town of about 3,000 and a strip of geological wonders along the beach, this captures the contrast of earth and water perfectly. The rocks found near Narooma include the Narooma Chert that dates to Cambrian times. There are also underwater remains of a submarine volcano with pillow lava offshore. The Island known as “Montague Island”, now a National Park and Wildlife Refuge, is 8 kilometers offshore from Narooma and was one of the islands sighted by Captain Cook in 1770. The island has 8 known rainforests on it. The area brought white settlers for timber, gold, and fishing. It was declared a port in 1884, opened its first school in 1886, and its first post office in 1889, and originally was only accessed via the sea. By the 20th century, it became a major tourist destination and boomed in oyster farming. Then saw construction of the first major bridge to be constructed on the Princes Highway, improving access by road. In 1937, industry boomed again with a local cannery opening its doors to process tuna and salmon which eventually saw a drought of salmon causing the cannery to close its doors. Narooma was also home to the annual Great Southern Blues and Rockabilly Festival held in October until it moved to Batesman Bay in 2010. Rating 5 stars out of 5.

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Merimbula, NSW, Australia

Merimbula
New South Wales, Australia

A popular scenic hotspot of the Sapphire Coast in Australia, Merimbula is an area and small coastal town with just under 9,000 inhabitants. The name is aborigine in origin, meaning “two lakes”. The area has world paleontological significance for its occurence of Merimbulaspis and Pambulaspis fossils with many field camps taking place in the area especially by the School of Earth Sciences at the Australian National University. The town falls in the middle of the Princes Highway (1) and is technically in the middle of the route from Melbourne to Sydney and only three hours from Canberra. An annual Jazz fest in held in the area on June which draws much attention to the tourist resort aspect of the area.
Besides tourism, oyster farming, whaling, fishing, kitesurfing, and boating is popular in the area. Merimbula has 5 beaches : Main Beach, Mitchies Jetty, Bar Beach, Spencer Park Beach, and Short Point. The town even has its own theme park with a rollercoaster and one of the world’s best tobaggan slopes.

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