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Wattamolla lagoon, looking towards the Tasman Sea, with Wattamolla Beach in the distance and the waterfall in the foreground
|Location||Royal National Park, New South Wales, Australia|
|Hazard rating||4/10 (moderately hazardous)|
Matthew Flinders, George Bass and a boy, William Martin had been exploring the south-coast from Port Jackson as far a Lake Illawarra, in a small boat named Tom Thumb. Returning on the evening of 29 March 1796, a southerly gale forced them to seek shelter.
At ten 'o'clock, the wind, which had been unsettled and driving electric clouds in all directions, burst out in a gale at south, and obliged us to get up the anchor immediately, and run before it. Matthew Flinders
Flinders, "steering with an oar", thought the dark outline of cliffs ended and believed he saw breakers, so he turned the boat towards shore. Catching a large wave, they "shot across a sandbar" and in moments were in the calm sheltered water of the lagoon, which in relief they named Providential Cove.
On 15 May 1797, three members of the crew of the Sydney Cove were spotted by a fisherman on Wattamolla beach, having trekked from the Ninety Mile Beach Victoria on route to Sydney, to seek help rescuing their crew.
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