It was midday. We (my nephew and I) were on the bus to Ocean Grove Nature Reserve. Half way there, I may have said “Hey, want to go to the beach instead?”
Apparently, if you ask a kid to choose between the bush and the beach, they will choose the beach. Primarily because we don’t get any decent beaches around Geelong with waves (for a non driver, it takes 40+ minutes to get to a decent surf beach.)
Sethy said “Yes!” And that is how I found myself at the Bluff at Barwon Heads, really pissed off with myself for forgetting the SD card for the camera. Especially so, when a new bird flew past shortly after a beautiful black shouldered kite hovered above us.
I decided to just stay in the moment. Focus less on the photography potential and more on having an awesome adventure. And how could you not – look at those views! I’d read that the rocks at the bottom were a good place for rockpools but the tide was far too in on the day.
You could easily spend hours at the bluff, or nearby. It is something that begs to be photographed. Again, this is another walk I would recommend for photographers to do slowly. There is so much to see at every turn.
Sometimes the paths get a bit boring
But they usually lead to little lookouts so you can get a good view.
For the nature nerds, it has a lot of potential. We didn’t really see anything on the day though.
You get really great views overlooking the Barwon Heads Bridge. My camera photo does not do it justice. As you can see, the tide was in so you can’t walk all of this section on the beach. This may be disappointing to some.
Another sign. I’m really keen to return here on low tide, actually.
The beautiful cliff face.
This is what the view looks like as you are about to leave and head onto the beach.
I didn’t get many photos along the beach – primarily because I was hanging out with a then six year old who wanted to run and play along the beach. It is a great and very achievable walk for kids. You get great views from the bridge and the Ocean Grove beach has good waves. Sometimes they can come up and splash you, even if you are a couple of steps high!
This isn’t an official walk – at least not in any of my books. I kind of mixed several walks together. It wasn’t good for exercise but that’s okay. This was more of a kid-friendly walk. I’m keen to walk more of the Peninsula; I really do think it is a hidden gem.