We’ve been planning to have a long driving getaway during this day but majority of our friends opted to go to nearby places to celebrate the holiday because as always, north and south expressways will be packed up with holiday makers, before and when the holiday ends. Traffic will be surely be encountered on the roads … as usual!
Popular beaches like Cronulla, Manly, Bondi, Dee Why, Curl Curl, Palm beach and other beaches close to Sydney will be full with beach goers too and so we avoided them as well.
So here are the places where we celebrated the holiday, people here are not that much, it was in Wattamolla beach where we saw heaps of people enjoying the holiday.
We arrived here early before ten in the morning, there were only ten cars parked, and one family was eating at a picnic table but moved out later. The area surrounding the parking area together with the picnic grounds is awesome, which is bounded by mountains and fronting the sea. It was cloudy with some drizzle and sea breeze was cold. The beach has big waves and not recommended for swimming but for surfing and fishing yet still was spectacular. Bushwalking is detailed in their website including bird watching and it was here where I saw big and small birds as well as feathers and remnants of dead birds, I don’t know why birds behaved that way here.
The beach has spectacular rocky shore excellent for good photography and a nice sandy beach where kids could play on. At midday, cars kept on coming and people tried to look at empty spaces where they could have a nice picnic area.
The beach seems to be in secluded area that’s perhaps the reason why two police cars were here patrolling the beach that day. The road leading to the beach is zigzagging and narrow, a two way road.
Wattalolla beach is a popular place because of its beach and fresh water lagoon, located in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney. Teenagers love to go here because of its waterfall, actually it is prohibited to dive from above the waterfall, and they even built a fence around it and put up warning signs of no diving but city councils can’t help it, teenagers still are there gleefully diving down.
There is also the beach for those who love the sea, watch waves big and small, swimming and fishing and the lagoon connects the river into it. Picnic grounds are available too, and it was full.
While the rest of our friends went swimming I decided to go bushwalking. It was here where I encountered some flowers and plants that I haven’t seen before, and another stunning rocky river with awesome view. I can’t get any good photo of this place because of some teenagers (boys and girls) sun bathing on top of the rocks that dammed the water before falling right below.
Sea Cliff Bridge
Before going back home, we passed by the Sea Cliff Bridge because some guys in our company haven’t seen the place yet. Again, there was no available parking area here, we finally got parked in a park about 800 metres away from the bridge.
Lorne Pier is another stunning beach front for swimmers and fishermen alike in Victoria. We had a brief stopover in this place when we travelled down the Great Ocean Road. Actually, it isn’t an ordinary pier and as the buildings up the road implied visitors come here most often to enjoy the place with complete eatery and lodges to complement their travels, most notable are the Grand pacific Hotel and Lorne Hotel.
Pier fishing is popular in Lorne Pier as well as salmon, silver trevally, garfish, squid, pinkies or barracouta. As we have seen when we arrived here, some anglers enjoyed their day fishing down the alley walls of the pier. The weather was good, sunny, and not too windy.
We visited Geelong on our first day of Holiday in Victoria, around five in the afternoon when we went shopping at the Corio Shopping Centre to buy foods, and during the last day of our holiday. We discovered the beauty and magnetic charm of the Geoolong waterfront with its extensive artistry and makeover in and around the park. I was astonished at how they constructed the Cummingham Pier as a huge car park. It was full with cars when we were there. The waterfront is recorded as the main tourist attraction for the city.
Geelong is a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia, 75 kilometres south-west of the state capital, Melbourne. It is the second most populated city in Victoria and the fifth most populated non-capital city in Australia.
Geelong has a rich history dating back from the gold rush in Ballarat, to its transition to a manufacturing hub up to its present transformation as a great city.
The scheduled closure of Ford’s Australian manufacturing base in 2016 was confirmed in late May 2013 and is considered as major set-back there whereby hundreds of workers will be losing their jobs, pretty bad.
Some tourists were also enjoying the beauty of the waterfront when we were here. We too, spent a couple of hours here and that made us unable to visit the city centre of Geelong because our next stop will be the city of Melbourne after which we’ll drive straight out to the airport for our scheduled flight back to Sydney. We would be glad to return here some other time to explore Geelong further.
We arrived at this place late afternoon during our second day of holiday. It was cloudy, windy and in any minute rain will fall. The car park was full of visitors; two police cars were visible at the entrance and were seen busy checking out incoming cars. Visitors are from all different nationalities but Indians were dominating the pack at that time.
The rock stacks were indeed stunning and captivating! You can see at the faces of visitors a sense of awe and amazement, and most of them taking snap shots at every possible angle, the rock stacks as a background to their photos. I rushed up photographing the iconic place from one sight to the other as the chances of rain was positive in a matter of minutes but people just ignore the coming rain and continued enjoying sightseeing and taking photos the easy way.
In geological aspect, the formation was created by constant erosion of the limestone cliffs of the mainland beginning 10-20 million years ago, the stormy Southern Ocean and blasting winds gradually eroded the softer limestone, forming caves in the cliffs. The caves eventually became arches and when they collapsed rock stacks up to 45 metres high were left isolated from the shore. The 12 Apostles at sunrise and sunset are at their best beauty as they change colour from dark and foreboding in shadow to brilliant sandy yellow under a full sun.
Half an hour later after we’re there, rain started to pour down, but I can still see people going out there to take a look at them. I was already at the kiosk taking shelter at that time.
In a couple of minutes my other companions arrived. Rain prevented us from enjoying and staying a bit longer in this famous landmark and since we can’t do anything about it, we decided to drive back to Torquay.
Yes, this spectacular coastline is indeed awesome!
I would say that the place was completely developed including the construction of a Kiosk for travellers’ comfort and a huge car park, to which Australia receives recognition from foreign as well as local tourists as exemplified by the numbers of visitors it receives every day. You know, there are also rock stacks around the world of spectacular beauty such as these ones mentioned in this link, the Dorset coast in the south of England, small German island Heligoland, located in the north se, Black Sea in Russia, at easternmost island in the Galápagos archipelago, Borneo island of Malaysia, Cannon Beach in the state of Oregon, in Thailand, northern coast of the island of Eysturoy in the Faroe Islands, and in Scotland.
We hit this road when we travelled up to the place where the 12 Apostles are, just right after we finished our tour of the Fairy Park at Anakie, and that was after lunch time. The Great Ocean Road, which starts at Torquay and travels 243 kilometres westward to finish at Allansford near Warrnambool, the largest city along the road. The road is two lanes (one in each direction), with the majority covered by an 80 kilometre per hour speed limit.
It is a winding road, and is considered a tourist attraction in the area, in which much of the road hugs coastline affectionately known as the Surf Coast between Torquay and Cape Otway and the Shipwreck Coast further west of Cape Otway, providing visibility of Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. The road traverses rainforests, as well as beaches and cliffs composed of limestone and sandstone, which is susceptible to erosion. The road travels via Anglesea, Lorne, Apollo Bay, and Port Campbell, where we stopped for the 12 Apostles.
Apollo Bay is another beautiful and stunning place to stay and experience or feel the air of the sea as well as the surrounding mountains. I had some photos of the bay, too. We also had a brief stop at the Koala Cove Café, in Kenet River for snacks and rest that was around three in the afternoon.
Then another stop at the Gibsons Steps where I took some stunning seascape photos of the area below the road, at sea level. This is another lovely coastal attraction along the road, not far from the Port Campbell National Park.
During the last Federal election campaigning, the issue of upgrading or improving this road was touched, by a political party but then, I reckon there wasn’t any seriousness attached to their words, but we’ll watch and see after a couple of years or so for any developments. There will be more business along the road, more traffic; more tourists will be travelling here if the condition of the road will be completely upgraded.