To me being near the ocean is food for the soul and nourishment for the senses. A day of coastal walking, going to sleep after a big dose of sea air and ocean views and waking up to the sound of crashing waves is like heaven on earth. But let’s back track.
We started our walk late in the afternoon, deciding to get a bit of exercise after our leisurely and somewhat decadent late lunch. Well, one has to build up endurance!
The Great Ocean Walk is one of Victoria’s most spectacular and iconic walks and it starts not far from where we camped last weekend, at the caravan park in Marengo. The trail goes for 104kms and finishes at the Twelve Apostles near Princeton.
Not that we were going that far. It was just a small taste for us.
There are lots of side tracks along the way that lead to tiny rocky beaches.
Like this one. Here’s my man getting creative with his camera.
Meandering board walks that hug the coast, pounding waves, secluded coves and rosellas following us along the trail were highlights of the walk.
By 5pm it was starting to get dark (it’s winter here and the days are short) so we headed back to the warmth of our camper.
The next day, refreshed and ready for another walk, we drove to the Shelley Beach Carpark. From there it was an easy downhill kilometre to Shelley Beach.
It was a diverse landscape and we passed fern gullies and coastal shrubs (not to mention a koala above us in the trees) before reaching Shelley Beach.
At this time of the year Shelly Beach is far too cold to swim but loads of fun to explore.
Time to pose for a silly self timer shot.
Back at the Carpark, we discovered a possum, that we’d previously thought dead, but was in fact still alive. He didn’t look too good so hubbs moved him off the road and covered him with bark to protect him.
The Great Ocean Walk lives up to its name. We covered only a short distance but it gave me an appetising taste. It would take days to complete but with designated camp sites and breath taking vistas every step of the way it would be a brilliant experience.
Maybe in another life time. For now we’ll keep enjoying our shortish walks and camping trips away. The occasional night by the coast is good enough for me.
Wishing everyone beauty and peace in their days. And where ever you are and whatever you’re doing I hope the magic of life inspires you to get out and enjoy the moment. To savor the skies and walk a short mile.
Stay safe and keep enjoying the journey.
Sharing for Jo’s Monday Walk