Recently I drove the road for the first time, with a friend, and found it a worthwhile and interesting experience. One of the first places to stop at is a popular surfing spot, Bells Beach. They have a big-time surfing carnival there every year, the Ripcurl Pro - it's been held there every Easter since 1960.
There wasn't much of a swell this day - just a few slick black shapes sitting out the back, waiting for some action. The day was beautifully sunny, with little wind, and quite cold.
It's a stunningly beautiful place, although looking out from the beach towards the south I could totally believe that the next landfall was Antarctica; somehow in spite of the sunshine,it had that bleak desolate beauty down to a fine art:
We had a lunch stop at Apollo Bay (great coffee, yummy falafels and pita bread) and a brief, cold walk on the beach -
Next we headed inland to visit the Otway National park, where we walked around the Treetop Walk:
The best stop of the day was at the 12 Apostles, a group of weathered limestone stacks which has long been a visitor draw on this part of the coast.
By the time we got there, the sun was low, but I was reasonable happy with some of my photos all the same.
All in all it was a lot of fun - a great day to be alive !
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.