We started the day with the simple luxury of feeding the local birds on the deck of our cabin at the Kennett River Holiday Park. We’d bought some seeds from the park shop the previous afternoon and weren’t disappointed by the turnout. It started with the ducks who came looking for a free feed. Soon brightly coloured parrots swarmed onto our deck as large cockatoos jumped around on the ground and blackbirds looked on.
The parrots became bolder the longer we stayed and soon flocked to us personally, landing on our heads and arms to access the food they desired so much. It was my friend who bought the seeds. He’s brilliant like that.
After feeding the birds we set offf for full day exploring the rock formations on the western end of the Great Ocean Road. After a slow drive over Cape Otway in the driving rain we reached Gibson Steps; the first of the rock formations. The rain cleared long enough for us to walk down the steps and stand below the high and fragile cliffs. I felt so small down there under this wonder of nature. It really set the tone for the rest of the day’s exploration.
What remains of the Twelve Apostles was our next stop. There used to be twelve structures in the sea but some have collapsed over time. The waves crash against the lower sections of the pillars and eats away at them until the pillar topples over like a huge pile of Jenga blocks.
It was a relatively calm day on the sea but still waves crashed high up over the rocks.
The cliffs here are riddled with caves that fill with sea water, which in turns digs them even deeper. Thunder Cave is a great example of this. Waves rumble down through a gorge before filling the cave. It then rushes out to meet the next waves taht are racing towards the cave. Looking around it was obvious that there are more caves being burrowed into the cliffs as water exited cracks in the rock.
We spent the entire day driving along the coast from one amazing vista to the next. I don’t think I could find enough superlatives to describe them all. So I will leave you with my favourite: The Grotto.