Thursday, 24 March 2016

Port Campbell Day 1

Today we left Lorne behind to head further east along the Great Ocean Road to Port Campbell just near the 12 Apostles. Not far from Lorne we stopped to see the Sheoak Falls.

On Castle Rock Track along Sheoak Creek to Swallow Cave (where swallows nest in the rock crevices in spring) and on for another 400 m is the 15-metre Sheoak Falls. While not falling for a great distance, the water passes over a dark rock face within a natural amphitheatre, making for spectacular viewing. The black rock face is reflected within the waters and the sheer black of the water is mesmerizing, such an unusual waterfall and plunge pool that I was just so thrilled to spend time by.

A view from the lookout back to the Great Ocean Road on our walk back to the car.

Further along the Great Ocean Road.

Here at Carisbrook Creek we have tourists gone crazy, with the building of the typical stone pile that seem to be something that tourists have to do when they see another.

These piles aren't true cairns, the official term for deliberately stacked rocks. From middle Gaelic, the word means "mound of stones built as a memorial or landmark" usually in a conical form. There are plenty of those in Celtic territories, that's for sure, as well as in other cultures; indigenous peoples in the United States often used cairns to cover and bury their dead. Those of us who like to hike through wilderness areas are glad to see the occasional cairn, as long as it's indicating the right way to go at critical junctions in the backcountry.

I was so happy to see a holiday cottage premises called Kookaburra Cottages have a unique way to catch the eye of the traveller with yarn bombing. It is something that really gets your attention and looks fantastic as a point of difference.

We then arrived in Port Campbell a very protected harbour and quite country town. A small fishing village snuggled around a horseshoe shaped bay on a wild coastline. It is easy to fall under the spell of stillness of Port Campbell.

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