Living off land on epic 10-day beach walk: Photos, video

Epic 10-day beach walk living off land: Photos, video STINGRAY FEED: Small stingrays were one of the easier ways to get protein for beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer.
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BEACH COUCH: Beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer found this couch on the beach near Moruya airport.

SURVIVAL GEAR: Bags are packed. Three days to go until depart Potato Pt to Sydney coastal walk. Living traditionally off fish, lobster, shell fish, bush greens, berries.

FIRST MEAL: Walked Potato Pt to Pedro Pt. Late lunch cockles for protein berries for energy and starch root for carbs.

HORSES: Travelled remote beaches that farms back onto, some local girls that know our neighbours the Mathies riding their horses on the beach.

TOP SPOTS: Beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer near Tuross Head somewhere.

TUROSS VIEW: The view near Tuross Head as seen by beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer.

TUROSS VIEW: The view near Tuross Head as seen by beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer.

BROKEN BOARD: A broken surfboard on the beach near Coila Lake.

BEACH SHACK: A beach shack near the Moruya River somewhere.

BUSH FRUIT: These beach fruit needed some treatment before being edible.

FLIGHT FRIENDS: Beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer saw plenty of wildlife along the way including this sea eagle.

EAGLE PREY: The remains of an eagle’s feed – nature in all it’s glory.

MORUYA AIRPORT: Beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer walked right past the Moruya airport.

DINNER: Shellfish on the open fire was a treat for beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer.

CANOE TREE: An ancient conoe tree as encountered by beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer near Broulee.

WILD ASPARAGRAS: Wild asparagras was a treat for beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer.

STINGRAY FEED: Small stingrays were one of the easier ways to get protein for

JUST ANOTHER CREEK: Just another creek this time near Moruya for beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer to cross.

ANOTHER BBQ: We can’t quite make out what beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer has cooking here.

CAMP: Making camp and preparing dinner in an ocean cave for beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer.

CAMP: Making camp and preparing dinner in an ocean cave for beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer.

ANCESTOR: Great great grandfather King Billy Jimmy Golding last of the Wandandian tribe.

MIXED LUNCH: Prickly pear, wild graps and other berries were an everyday meal for beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer.

BAY CRABS: Soldier crabs on the beach at Batemans Bay before beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer made his longest water crossing.

LONGEST CROSSING: Batemans Bay proved the longest crossing for

WILD GRAPES: Wild grapes were a staple for

DINNER TIME: Abalone were a regular dinner for

BAY CAMP: The camp of beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer near Batemans Bay.

ABALONE DINNER: Abalone chunks on the fire were a delicacy for

SPECTACULAR COAST: The spectacular coast north of Batemans Bay as encountered by

SPECTACULAR COAST: The spectacular coast north of Batemans Bay as encountered by beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer.

SPECTACULAR COAST: The spectacular coast north of Batemans Bay as encountered by beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer.

NATIVE CHERRIES: Native cherries were a real treat for beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer.

NATIVE CHERRIES: Native cherries were a real treat for beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer.

ULLADULLA COAST: The beautiful coastline near Ulladulla as seen by beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer.

WASHING TIME: Drying off after yet another creek crossing for beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer.

WANDANDANIAN MAN: Beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer takes a selfie halfway through his epic bech walk.

MAGGOT FEST: Tempted but not that hungry was beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer.

NANA: Ben Stainer has the great respect for the traditional owners’ ability to live off the land.

WRECK BAY: Wreck Bay Aboriginal community was a stopping off point for beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer.

WRECK BAY: Wreck Bay Aboriginal community was a stopping off point for beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer.

WRECK BAY: Wreck Bay Aboriginal community was a stopping off point for beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer.

DEADLY: A deadly death adder encountered by beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer.

RUGGED COAST: The rugged coast and cliffs around Jervis Bay proved perhaps the greatest challenge for beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer.

RUGGED COAST: The rugged coast and cliffs around Jervis Bay proved perhaps the greatest challenge for beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer.

OYSTER SNACKS: Oysters on the rocks proved to be a great snack for beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer.

HUSKY PUB: The Huskisson Pub as seen by beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer.

HUSKISSON: Yet another crossing for beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer, this time at Huskission.

WINDANG COWS: On the longest 15-hour stretch for beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer encountered some cows at Windang.

ALOMST THERE: Beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer on the home stretch at Windang.

WINDANG BEACH: On the longest 15-hour stretch for beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer on the beach at Windang.

WOLLONGONG: The last stretch from Wollongong to Sydney was perhaps the most challening for beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer.

THE END: Beach walker and survivalist Ben Stainer at the end of his epic journey on the beach at Cronulla.

TweetFacebookHere are some of Ben’s Facebook posts from along the way:

Oct 20 Facebook entry:

Seas choppy no breakfast dive, walked beach to Moruya Heads found an old beach shed, moving on to collect some takeaway cockles for lunch in the mangroves. Picture of mangrove fruit editable but you must process it. Eagle and prey on route to my little swim found a nice spot to relax and lounged around for a while, moved on to Moruya airstrip. Than found some black cockies and a water dragon laying in a billabong. Time for lunch cockle takeaway. On to a 200-year-old canoe tree, used by Yuin people. Passed some wild asparagus and ate as was hungry. Finally camped at an ocean cave as I think might get wet tonight. Cooking fish and seaweed. With some fruit which is not local and testing of poison. My bed is 5m to high water mark ocean views.

Post by Crossing Tuross Lake entrance….

Post by Crossing Moruya River mouth….

Oct 20 Facebook entry:

Some family history my great great grandfather King Billy Jimmy Golding last of the Wandandian tribe. He was in his late 80s in photo. Would have eaten much the same food as I have been posting. No health problems like today with Aboriginal people. We have recorded history that he would walk from Jervis Bay to as far south to Wallaga Lake and far north to Botany Bay. He lived to 100 and his wife lived to 110 by newspaper reports.

Oct 21 Facebook entry:

Have to be quick no power in solar charger. Stopped at a place before Clyde River crossing. Collected some lunch of wild grape that’s the black ones. Plus some prickly pear fruit, it’s not native. Note didn’t video today’s crossing due to power but biggest yet crossed about 1 km of water. I am about to go out of charge and service area for about three days heading to Ulladulla.

October 23 Facebook entry:

Dive for breakfast swim, walked to pebbly beach camped. Next day walked to Meroo on the way picked up afternoon tea of native cherry they are the best should sell them like blueberries. Lots of photos. Heading to Ulladulla making good ground. Doing on average 10 hours walking per day plus say 1 hour for getting food.

Post by Eating sea urchins….

October 24 Facebook entry:

Stopped in at the in-laws at Narrawally. Not cheating brought my own food – abalone. No photos today as had no charge. But will give brief on events. Camped at Meroo last night on a remote lake, fish started jumping everywhere last night as thousands of flies landed on the water. Spent most of the night trying to hand spear the fish but my out-of-water spear throwing needs practice. Today rained in the morning packed for Narawally ate mainly native flowers plus picked up some honey suckles and sucked the honey out of them for energy and abs for afternoon tea. Walked through bush at back of Burill Lakes and reminded me of when I was younger… Recharged my phone at in-laws now so heading off to camp at Conjola. Thanks for cooking the abs for me.

Got to Conjola. Was cliff hanger to day prayed for help from god as the tide came in and I was 4m up a rock face and got hit by a wave. Only way to get to safety was climb 20 of crumbling rock face with a back pack on. Shit myself couple times as rocks just crumbled. Time for bed heading to Wreck Bay tomorrow — at Conjola Lakeside Caravan Park

October 25 Facebook entry:

Heading to Wreck Bay Aboriginal community. As kids we would holiday there as my nana has friends there. Nana grew up in a time of change she was not allowed to speak in her Aboriginal but her nana would. She went to school at the Naval college as her dad was white man who was a hydraulics engineer . That’s how my dad’s uncle became a plumber and my dad and now me . Her cousins where not allowed schooling. My nana taught me about abalone , her job as a kid was to collect it at low tide with a hessian sack. They were everywhere then she said. Abs where like potato for them, she would tell me.

Family history: This is my great great grandmother. She was 110 . She used to tell about when she was little she saw sailing boats and had never seen a white man before. She used to talk about to my nana’s mother about going to Pigeon House Mountain for corroboree and special business. I was told she was very wise and strict from her cultural upbringing. Tomorrow I’m heading for Myola to find an old grave site of a family member in the bush.

Post by Talking about the ancestors….

October 26 Facebook entry:

Breakfast oysters on a rock. Crossing Curinbene Creek near Myola. Opposite Husky pub to see grave

Billong our Aboriginal family home land of Wandandian tribe.

October 27 Facebook entry:

Crossing Port Kembla with Ben Neaves tomorrow morning. Just would like to thank everyone for their support, especially Charlie Greer for posting food on Facebook. Last three days I have walked 41hrs my feet take four hours to cool down at night. As I hit the city sea is barren and bush has hardly any food. I have been eating black boy core, which is starch carbs, plus grubs and figs.

Post by About to swim across Port Kembla….

October 28 Facebook entry:

Will be at Bundeena tomorrow morning before lunch. Then swim Port Hacking, then done.


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