After a good sleep, we enjoyed breakfast at our private picnic table overlooking the cliff in Ulladulla Headland Tourist Park. I cooked up some gluten free pancakes (Thanks Aldi!) and we enjoyed the presence of some beautiful birds.
We set out to explore Ulladulla, starting at the lighthouse. Apparently still active, and relatively small by lighthouse scales, it spoke of old world times with portholes and rust-ic charm.
As we walked down to one lookout (an easy climb down a bush track), we watched the ocean ever-keen for a glimpse of a whale … or anything. After a long time looking, we turned to leave. Suddenly, I saw a flash of grey and we realised there was a dolphin playing at the rocks edge. Too excited to snap a photo, we watched it jump again, only to disappear.
When we returned to the headland, we had one more hopeful look. Again, I saw a flash of gray, this time, a seal! Yes, a seal playing on the rocks edge. I tried to get a good photo, but the wind and distance were against me.
We spoke with a lovely couple who have a holiday house here, but are from Goulburn (a stop for later in our trip). They mentioned the possibility of seals and sting rays on the north side of Ulladulla Harbour boat ramp. Our ears perked up.
We walked halfway to the south end of the beach, rounded back and explored the northern end under the cliff face. Over years, the water has eroded shapes in the cliff that are remarkably sparse yet permanent.
After our beach trek, we headed over to the Ulladulla Harbour, on the north side of the boat ramp. We saw so many water birds gathered near the fish cleaning station and again, a flash of grey peaking out of the water. At first I thought it might have been a shag, but sure enough, there was a giant bull ray!
Lib and I watched the magnificent ray, around 1.5m wing to wing, for quite some time. We hoped a fisherman would come and feed him, but none did. We decided to grab some lunch and return to the area for a picnic. Charcoal chicken, salad and a lamb wrap in hand, we were halfway through, when a white van sped past down to the cleaning station. We stopped mid meal and followed him down.
There was a feeding frenzy! Pelicans, cormrents, seagulls and of course the giant ray. Not only that, now there were heaps of rays. At one time we counted 8 in total, in view, with at least 3 of giant wingspan size.
I would strongly recommend Ulladulla – we have had a fabulous time here (despite the significant number of single, creepy men around the streets). The natural wonders are beautiful and plentiful and the wildlife experience is free.