Half Moon, Full Stomach

The weather forecast had suggested the possibility of an afternoon shower, so when we arrived on the bluffs above Half Moon Bay (with a posse of friends in tow), it was with delight we were able to note there was not a cloud in the sky!

Looking up he coast towards Melbourne from Blackrocks Half Moon Bay

Looking up he coast towards Melbourne from Blackrocks Half Moon Bay

The afternoon sun glistening off Port Phillip Bay

The afternoon sun glistening off Port Phillip Bay

Now what brought us to this beautiful spot? Well aside from the obvious catch up with friends, we had more primal needs, namely to fill our stomachs. And with our surrounds, nothing could be more fitting than Fish & Chips!

Having claimed a table up on the bluff, a party remained behind to guard our turf, whilst the all important food party made their way down to the Blackrock Yacht Club to collect our Fish & Chip dinner.

It was with interest that we learned that this particular Fish & Chippery (it is actually called the ‘Cerberus Kiosk’) also served Sweet Potato Cakes (or Kumara Cakes, whichever you prefer), so we grabbed a selection of them as well for the hungry folk back on the bluff.

Views of the yacht club, with the wreck of the Cerberus in the water

Views of the yacht club, with the wreck of the Cerberus in the water

The kiosk takes its name from a piece of Australian history that sits about 200m from the shore. There lies the HMVS Cerberus, a Monitor class warship built in 1868, and deliberately sunk here in 1926 to create a breakwater.

One of only six surviving examples of this type of ship, left in the world, it is also the only remaining vessel from any of Australia’s colonial navies!

Once a wonderful diving site, it is now considered too unsafe and there is a 100m exclusion zone around the wreck.

In this case, it provided us with a beautiful view, and for the record, the Sweet Potato Cakes, whilst nice, weren’t really all that different to normal fried Potato Cakes.

HMVS Cerberus: Flagship of the colonial Victorian navy & picturesque with the setting sun

HMVS Cerberus: Flagship of the colonial Victorian navy & picturesque here with the setting sun

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