From Warrnambool we drove a short distance to Port Fairy for breakfast, which is another nice place we didn’t have enough time to explore completely. There is an interesting foreshore area which is a stopover for Ruddy Turnstones, a small bird that does a 27,000km loop to Tawian and Siberia each year.
There’s an interesting place in Warrnambool called Stingray Bay, which includes a couple of small islands that contain penguin colonies. The defenceless penguins have suffered in the past from vicious fox attacks, endangering the colony. In a world first, the local coastcare group employed a pair of Maremma dogs to guard the penguins from attack. After five years the experiment seems to be working well, with penguin numbers rebuilding..
This is the view from the 2nd lookout at the site, this one you have to walk around to. The sun came out and stayed out, which was good considering how gloomy it looked earlier. We’ve taken too long to get here though.. doubtful we will have enough time to do Loch ard Gorge and London bridge before it gets dark..
Long Day of driving planned for today.. first stop (after 1hr in Geelong shopping, then another 40 mins in Torquay at the surf shops), was the famous surfing spot Bells Beach. I’ve been here a few times now, and have yet to be lucky enough to witness an epic surf day, but the power of the place is detectable even on semi calm days..
Finally finished with all the Xmas dinners, BBQs and Boxing Day we left Melbourne late afternoon and headed south to Geelong. We had looked at accommodation further down the Great Ocean Road, but understandably everything was booked out. We had thought about booking earlier, but if the weather was foul we would have bypassed this part of the coast.
In the end it worked out well, as the foreshore along Geelong is now a very interesting place.
From Green Cape we drove deep into the night as we needed to put on some miles. We arrived at Lakes Entrance around midnight and were very lucky to find a motel still open with an available room.
In the morning we got up early for a free continental breakfast, then went for a walk along the lake and over the bridge to the ocean beach.
Spent a long weekend in Melbourne, staying at the Crowne Plaza in the city. I’ve been trying to find ways to get more exercise lately and have settled on walking as an option I can probably maintain. Starting from Carrum Beach (below), I walked along beach paths and tracks then back to my car and onto the next beach, ending up at Mentone (above). This beach brought back a vivid memory from when I was about 13 years old.. I remember my friend and his mum taking us here on a 40 degree+ summer day.. it was definitely this beach because I can remember the distinctive rock. (More info and Pics)