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..
Got into Warrnambool late, so checked out the breakwall and beach area in the morning. I wasn’t expecting much, so was pleasantly surprised to find out how nice the area is. The first picture above is of a pier along the breakwall, while below you can see the results of a lobster boat returning from the sea..
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..
Just as we approached the famous Apostles the weather finally broke, the rain stopped and the sun even showed through the clouds in spots. Note in the first picture the rubble of one of the apostles, which collapsed a few years ago. I will need to check my older pictures of this spot to compare before and after..
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.