Saturday, 4 February 2017

Great Ocean Walk

I am not unfamiliar with the coastline that stretches from Anglesea westward toward Port Campbell. So when Rachel asked if Maria and I would join her on the Great Ocean Walk for a couple of days, I expected it would be mainly about the 'walking'. The Great Ocean Road is of course an icon of Australian tourism, but seeing this particular edge of the country from inside a car or a lookout doesn't compare with feeling and smelling it on foot. It is a truly incredible piece of country.

stayed at Apollo Bay enroute

the lazy Lorne foreshore, hanging on to summer

bonding with Don, the new Pat

Rachel christening some new boots. After the walk she decided to name them Julie and Chris after I suggested they were duly christened. hahaha

setting out from Blanket Bay, feeling fresh

big strides early on day 1

gob smacking break number 1

pretty special rock formation

at the advice of a local we left the track for an hour and navigated the low tide coastline across some amazing rock pools and rockscapes

finally a piece of water to swim in ...

back on the track, looking down to Crayfish Bay

the end of day 1

The koala population has exploded so much on Cape Otway that the Manna Gums are all dying from over grazing. Here's an example.

Hoolly doolly

a regular stop to check blood sugar levels

now that's a beach

part of the long trek along wild Station Beach

hmmm ... not so natural environment

first glimpse of Aire River where we ended our walk ... for this time

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