Thongs and Queenslanders in the Aussie snow 2018 – DAY TEN
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Jan Juc Beach to Timboon (203km, 3.23hrs)
1. CAPE OTWAY LIGHTSTATION 123km 2.17hrs
Was saddened to return here, the once koala-laden trees now stand dead, twisted and almost haunting. This was once (may still be) the greatest population of Koalas in Australia. The large population had meant over-browsing of Manna Gums, killing the trees and starving out a large number of the koalas. DELWP will continue to manage the koala population through ongoing fertility control, health checks and translocation programs as required.
Still, an absolutely brilliant location to visit. It is Victoria’s oldest working lighthouse. Nestled along the rugged and breathtaking southern coastline of Victoria, Australia, the Otway Lighthouse stands as a timeless sentinel, guiding ships safely through treacherous waters for over 160 years. For a photographer, the prospect of capturing this iconic landmark is nothing short of thrilling. With its dramatic cliffside location and historic charm, Otway Lighthouse offers a captivating canvas for anyone with a camera in hand.
The first thing that strikes a photographer arriving at the Otway Lighthouse is the awe-inspiring scenery. Perched majestically on a towering cliff, it overlooks the wild Southern Ocean, creating a captivating contrast between man-made beauty and nature’s raw power. The interplay of light and shadow at this site can create some of the most mesmerizing compositions, especially during sunrise or sunset
During winter to spring, the lighthouse is a vantage point for land-based whale watching as migrating whales swim very close to the shores. You are also able to go up into the lighthouse
1. CAPE OTWAY LIGHTSTATION to GIBSON STEPS 123km 2.17hrs
Next destination with the mostest, is the classic tourist spot, the Great Ocean Road. Nestled along the southern coast of Australia, the Great Ocean Road is a place where natural beauty and artistic inspiration collide. Stretching over 150 miles, this iconic road is not just a scenic drive but also a photographer’s paradise. From rugged cliffs to pristine beaches and enchanting rainforests, every twist and turn along the Great Ocean Road holds the promise of a magical photograph waiting to be taken.
Don’t do what we did and put in the first stop like Gibson Steps, as the GPS will take you along the back roads, and you will miss that classic ocean road experience. We ended up backtracking.
Please note that even in winter this is a very busy location, and every time we have been here it has been freezing, windy and raining. Pulling over with a big rig can be tricky and very luck of the draw… I would not even try in summer.
Visited the twelve apostles and Gibson’s steps as the sun was going down and rain was setting in. We stayed close by and got up for some early morning shots to get a better chance of photos without crowds. Low tide is best for the steps or you can’t get around the cliff face like us. If you can’t get away from people, make them a feature of your composition. eg use their position to draw the eye,
3. GIBSON STEPS to 12 APOSTLES 1km 2min. heaps of parking via Booringa rd
Despite its name, this iconic formation is not comprised of twelve rock columns but, in fact, currently stands at just eight. However, the number doesn’t diminish the awe-inspiring spectacle it offers to all who are fortunate enough to visit.
Carved by the relentless forces of wind and water over millions of years, the Twelve Apostles are limestone stacks that rise majestically from the Southern Ocean, towering up to 45 meters in height. Their dramatic appearance against the backdrop of the rugged cliffs and the vibrant blue waters of the ocean creates a scene of unparalleled beauty.
The best time to experience the enchantment of the Twelve Apostles is during sunrise or sunset. The sun’s warm hues cast a golden glow on the ancient rocks, transforming the landscape into a mesmerizing display of colors. As the waves crash against the base of these magnificent structures, the spray catches the light and shimmers like diamonds in the air, adding to the enchantment.
4. TWELVE APOSTLES to TIMBOON 27.3km 23min Timboon Recreation Reserve Curdies Rd, Timboon VIC 3268
Timboon was a great little town with a lot going for it. We stopped in at the brilliant Fine Icecreamery on the way to the reserve. LR tried liquorice ice cream haha good on her.
We stayed at the Timboon Recreation Reserve, which was nothing special except for its proximity to the GOR.