Warriewood Blowhole or Canyon X as it is known to some photographers is a hidden treasure just north of Turimetta Beach. I visited the blowhole mid tide when access is limited to a short abseil down the surrounding cliff face. Luckily I had a Warriewood experienced photographer buddy Jerome Berbigier with me to guide my feet into the foot holds as I lowered myself down the rope. It’s not for the faint hearted and something I am unlikely to do again, especially in the dark, rain (think wet slippery rocks), and with 10kg of camera gear like this time. Is a photograph really worth risking injury or death for? I’ve come very close to getting sucked out to sea and falling down a 6ft rock shelf when I was knocked over by two waves a year or so ago at Freshwater Reserve. It wasn’t a clever thing to do, especially considering I was on my own, nobody knew where I was and it I was photographing at midnight. Needless to say it really gave me a wakeup call so I’m a bit more careful these days.
Anyway this is a great spot, next time I’ll go there at low tide and access it from Turimetta. Be sure to check out the videos below to get an idea of the place.
Warriewood Blowhole, Sydney, Australia