Wedding Cake Island

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Wedding Cake Island
Nickname: Lemo's Island
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Wedding Cake Island, Coogee Bay, in the Tasman Sea
Wedding Cake Island is located in Sydney
Wedding Cake Island
Wedding Cake Island
LocationTasman Sea
Coordinates33°55′33″S 151°15′55″E / 33.9259°S 151.2654°E / -33.9259; 151.2654Coordinates: 33°55′33″S 151°15′55″E / 33.9259°S 151.2654°E / -33.9259; 151.2654

Wedding Cake Island is an island located approximately one kilometre (zero point six two miles) east of Coogee Beach, Sydney, Australia in the Tasman Sea. The island protects the beach from most swells. The island is also known as Lemo's Island.

The most probable source of the name is the shape of the island - it resembles a wedding cake, particularly when the white water breaks over the island, giving the appearance of 'icing'.[1] Another theory is that bird droppings on the island gave the appearance of icing on a cake.

The island is a good scuba diving spot[2] and also is the site of ANZAC day commemorations by the local surf community. Every year in commemoration of ANZAC day, surfers load up their surfboards and backpacks with cartons of beer and drink, and paddle out on their boards from Coogee Beach to Wedding Cake Island.[3]

Midnight Oil recorded a namesake track for the EP Bird Noises, released in 1980. It was also covered by the Australian surf group The Atlantics on the album Delightful Rain in 2006. The Atlantics often include it as part of their live set, with Midnight Oil's blessing. Now, Australian instrumental surf rock band, The Break (which includes Midnight Oil members: drummer Rob Hirst and guitarists Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey, Violent Femmes bassist Brian Ritchie and Hunters and Collectors trumpet player, Jack Howard) play the song regularly in their shows, being an inaugural part of Midnight Oil's history of wanting to do instrumental surf rock music.

A sporting event held in November and April annually, organised by the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club, is an 2.4-kilometre (1.5 mi) swim from Coogee Beach which circumnavigates the Wedding Cake Island.[4]

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  1. ^ "Wedding Cake Island". Randwick City Tourism. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  2. ^ McFayden, Michael. "Wedding Cake Island Scuba". Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  3. ^ "ANZAC Day on Wedding Cake Island". 25 April 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Coogee Island Challenge". 2018. Retrieved 15 September 2018.