Well I really should give a run down on the Port Campbell Caravan Park because I’d hate you to have the wrong impression from my previous post. Our site was directly opposite the toilet/shower/laundry block so all we had to do was cross the road.
Port Campbell Caravan Park
The amenities were quite new and very well maintained, and as I mentioned it was great to have a wonderful HOT shower after 3 days free camping. The amenities block is a two storey building which included a great camp kitchen/dining area and a separate tv/games room on the upper level. In the veranda area just outside the kitchen (on the other side of the building) were 2 immaculately clean BBQ’s.
We were able to use the camp kitchen each night, and mostly were accompanied by overseas backpackers who pulled in for the night with their rental campervans, or tents. Come dinner time the kitchen was a hive of activity.
Today we decided to take a drive around the hinterland, but before we set off we did a bit more exploring in Port Campbell.
We headed to Timboon where we had a picnic lunch and explored the local shops. Much to my surprise Timboon was a cross-roads and quite an impressive town.
A tree I found at Timboon
Heading back towards the coast we travelled through some lovely dairy farming country. (Please click on the photo to see the whole vista!)
I never tire of seeing the black and white cows grazing on the lush green grass we experienced in much of Victoria. It was around this time that I finally figured out how to take a panoramic photo with my little camera (yeah, I know I’m a bit slow).
There are lots of Devondale Farms in this area, and we passed numerous ones during our travels in Victoria. I just had to take this photo of the sign on the farm gate!
This is a Devondale Farm
We then met the Great Ocean Road again near Princetown with our next stop being Gibson Steps and the usual warning sign.
Boy were there some steps!
Water seeping through the rock and trickling down
Then when you arrived at the beach you were met with this sign!
Warning – Unstable Cliffs
Keep clear of cliffs. Do not walk, sunbathe or play under cliffs as they can collapse without notice.
Visitors are advised to keep 5m clear of cliffs at all times.
Well in that case you’d better stay off the beach because it would have been hard in some places to have 5 meters between the cliffs and the southern ocean! It is quite an eerie feeling being down on the beach below the cliffs. The ocean is very turbulent and rogue waves were breaking fairly close to the cliffs, so you had to be on the lookout at all times.
Looking right on the beach
Looking left on the Beach
Among the seaweed on the beach we found quite a few cuttlefish bones – I could hardly believe this one was as big as my foot!
Here’s the steps – all 70+ of them
And when you have finished on the beach here’s the walk back up to the car! I can tell you it was well worth the climb down and back up. I’m so glad I was able to do this not only here but at other beaches as well.
To get back to Port Campbell we had to pass the Twelve Apostles so of course we had to stop and have another look around.
It was later in the afternoon this time, but there were still plenty of people around, you should be able to see some in this photo. Where the dip is in this shot is the spot we were standing for the following photo.
You can see the viewing platform on the right in this photo.
There’s nothing wrong with your eyesight. Not all twelve ‘apostles’ can be seen from this lookout; some are hidden behind headlands or obscured by other rock stacks.
Last century the rock stacks were called the ‘Sow and Piglets’. Muttonbird Island near Loch Ard Gorge was the ‘Sow’ and the smaller rock stacks were the ‘Piglets’. Perhaps Twelve Apostles was thought to be a more dignified name.
The rock stacks are the temporary remnants of a retreating limestone coastline, under constant attack by the sea. Cliff faces are being eroded at the rate of about 2cm each year.
The two rock stacks in the photo below are named ‘Gog’ and ‘Magog’ The platform on the left of the photo is where we were standing for our photo above.
Many of the visitors were waiting for the penguins to return to their rookery after dark so we decided we would wait too. Well we waited and we waited pretty much until it was totally dark and you couldn’t see the beach, but unfortunately no penguins returned.
Our time we have spent at the Twelve Apostles was some of the most magical time of our whole trip, and I would return in a heartbeat to stand in awe.
PS Please remember that you can click on the panorama photos to see the entire photo. 🙂