Hike Australia has been starting to grow, with more and more regular hits every day, I too am starting to spend more time on the website. With this in mind, I have had a serious think about the direction that Hike Australia is taking. I do more than just Hike, I do a lot of outdoor adventuring, including Caving, Snorkeling, SCUBA diving, Abseiling, Rockclimbing… You get the picture. I have decided that in order to give this site a larger scope, I am going to start posting about my other activities. So without further Ado; Ricketts point Marine park!
I went scuba diving up at Terrigal NSW just before the end of last year (2010), and it re-kindled a desire to do some snorkeling down here in Vic, I had hoped to go more often than the one time I managed this summer, but I think that Ricketts Point marine sanctuary was the perfect place to go the one time I managed to get out.
While it was quite a sunny day, the visibility under the water was not the best. I recommend going off near the point that has a frame piece on it. It is on the point in the picture above.
The water there is actually quite teeming with life, there is a channel if you swim a bit further off shore toward one of the buoys there, on the way there is a considerable amount of seaweed, so if you arent particularly keen on low visibility or have a fear of the creepy crawlies that might be living in it, I suggest you pick your route very carefully. There are plenty of fish to see, and being a marine sanctuary you can rest assured there will always be life there. You can regularly see Leather-jackets, Stingray, Urchins, toadies, Jellyfish and not the time depicted above, but one before we saw a Groper out in the channel. We have also spotted some form of angel fish, though I dont know what type.
As Aforementioned, unfortunately the water visibility left a little to be desired, as a result some of the nicer, more potentially interesting photos didn’t turn out.
Ricketts point has a bistro of sorts near by, but I would recommend packing your own lunch, its not particularly exciting food and the fish and chips arent very exciting. I believe that I have only begun to scratch the surface of this beautiful underwater park and that there is probably much more to find. I hope that some time during Autumn there are a couple of days nice enough to stick my head under again.