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Through the grass at Bombo Quarry NSW

Bombo Quarry & Beach, NSW – Surfing, Fishing & Photography

May 1, 2017

If you haven’t been to Bombo Quarry & Beach in NSW and you’re a photographer get down there and check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

The rock formations at Bombo Quarry give infinite composition options and the way the light reflects off the tall basalt rock formations changes by the minute, especially in the golden hour around sunset.


Waves Crashing at Bombo Quarry Headland

Waves crashing in at the Bombo Headland Quarry with a slow shutter


The stroll down to the quarry gives you an idea of what you’re in for with the sharp edges and squares of rock reflecting off the afternoon sun.

But don’t have tunnel vision for the water it pays to look around in all directions for photo opportunities.


The walk down to Bombo Headland Quarry

The stroll on down to the towering basalt rocks at Bombo Quarry past Wollongong in NSW

Bombo Quarry Is A Photography Lesson In The Use Of Light


Bombo Quarry shows off just how light has an effect on composition often creating the sort after lines that perhaps wouldn’t be there at other times of the day over a particular subject or formation.


Sunflare Bombo Quarry NSW

Sunflares over the basalt rocks right before sunset. 


The towering rocks form a barrier from the ocean and the waves crash up against them which creates quite a dramatic effect.

While we were there a bus load of tourists were hanging about and a few were sitting on one of the flat rocks when a bigger than usual set rolled in and swamped them, It was was hilarious, I near peed myself. One minute they’re posing about looking cool, pulling duck faces with peace signs, the next they’re standing there soaking wet, winner! You had to be there.

But as good as fun at other people’s expense is, it could have easily gone bad and I don’t recommend getting too close especially if you can’t swim.


Panorama of Waves Crashing at Bombo Quarry Headland

Waves crashing up against the rock towers in the final daylight minutes.

Where is Bombo Beach & Quarry in NSW


Bombo is a bout 1hr and 15mins from Sutherland in Sydneys South. A short drive from Wollongong at the north end of Kiama.

You can also get there by train to Bombo Station or just hire a fancy Uber car if you’re stinking rich.


Sydney to Bombo directions and map

Map of Sydney to Bombo directions

What to take:

  • Camera
  • Wide angle Lens
  • Tripod
  • Remote shutter release cheap cable types are perfect
  • ND filter if you want to slow the water movement down
  • Good shoes with ankle support , I wear thongs everywhere and I regretted it (Thongs are flip-flops for the rest of the world’s information, they go on our feet not up our bum).
  • Garbage bag just in case the weather turns (put your camera in it, then back inside your camera bag). Or blow a heap of $$$ and get specially made water sealed bags if you want to be the coolest kid in the quarry.


From the carpark at Bombo Beach NSW

From the carpark at Bombo Beach, New South Wales.


I also have a drone but there were too many people there, I only use it when there’s no one else about or at least 30m aways as I have already, nearly given Gerri a haircut with it.

Anyway if you have a day to spare and you’re within a few hours of Bombo Quarry, I highly recommend a trip down there, whether for some photography, a surf or just a short stay and around.

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