A nice casual 5.30am sunrise thats about 2 hours from home, is always a fair commitment but to witness the power of the ocean against these basalt columns at this abandoned quarry is a truly special sight. Ever since I moved to Sydney a visit down to Bombo Quarry, just minutes north of Kiama has always been on my photography wish list, but timing it for a sunrise has always put me off giving its distance from home. Finally I made the effort to get down with promising conditions of a good swell, around high tide and a cloudy/rainy weather forecast. I didn't really expect a colourful sunrise, but I got very lucky!
The coast around Kiama is pretty spectacular for photography, with a host of great locations all within a few minutes of each other. So to make the most of my time, I stopped off at a couple other spots after sunrise at Cathedral Rocks and Minnamurra. Maybe I'll get a chance to visit them in better conditions in the future.
All moody before sunrise
Basking in the warm light of the rising sun
Here is a quick map of the local area on google maps with parking locations and rough routes for anyone who wants to visit these places.
And tide times and swell can be found here. http://swell.willyweather.com.au/nsw/illawarra/kiama-surf-beach.html