The Power of the Sea

Trip Start Apr 01, 2006
Trip End Jul 08, 2006

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

As we continued along this morning, we braved the cold and wind to stop at a number of look-out points and short walks, and they proved well worth it.

The first was Loch Ard Gorge, a geographical feature, named after a ship, which was named after a geographical geature on the other side of the world! The wind was driving a succession of big waves against the headlands and into the coves, and you could easily see how terrifying a shipwreck there would have been.

Just adjacent were the 'Blowhole' and 'Thunder Cave'. The former is a tunnel under the cliffs, which emerges into a sort of inland cove - the swells rushing through the tunnel were pretty awesome. The latter was possibly even better, a long cove or inlet which at one point would have had an arch at the seaward end. Waves were sending spray easily the full height of the cliffs at the entrance, and yet enough force remained for the swell reaching the back of the inlet to crash resoundingly around the cave there (hence the name).

We also stopped at London Bridge, now a rock arch just off the coast. Until 1990 it was a headland, with a second archway formed back to the cliffs; in that year it collapsed, stranding an unlucky couple on the newly-formed island (and having seen it, you'd have no choice but to wait for the helicopter). What was doubly unlucky was that they were having an affair...

A very brief stop at Port Campbell revealed it to be a pretty tiny place. The harbour didn't look great in the current weather, with breaking waves rolling under the jetty - unsurprisingly, there were no boats to be seen.

We continued on to the official end of the road and Warrnambool, passing a flock of galahs (a sort of pink and grey parrot) standing in the road each way. They didn't appear to have learnt anything by the time we returned, still milling around several of their dead colleagues.

We ate lunch in Warrnambool at Logan's Beach, which apparently is a good spot to see Southern Right Whales, and saw a few dark objects which might have been said mammals but nothing more definite.

Another very nice, very new and - on this occasion - very empty YHA in the evening: 'Eco Beach' at Apollo Bay, which is a reasonable-sized town when compared to Princetown or Port Campbell.
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