This trip took place on 17 Jan.
I love the Otways. It’s beyond love. If I had the means, I’d be exploring every little facet of it every change I got. Each area is slightly different. It almost feels magical.
I guess I have a spiritual connection to the region. Which is why I was really excited when my friend, Carolyn, suggested we explore Melba Gully as part of our Otways birding trip.
We ended up walking the 1.5km long Madsens Track, which is supposed to take 40 minutes. Of course, I was with a bunch of nature nerds so we took almost and hour and a half. I loved it so much, I would love to take mum here.
The sign at the start. One thing I love about the Otways, and many national parks I go to, is that they have very clear signs.
A tree that had fallen over a small creek. I could have easily spent hours doing this one walk. Glenn would have loved it. The photography opportunities are phenomenal.
A new fern growing.
I was surprised to see what looked like farmland about half way through the walk. It felt so secluded, so away from society, that it took awhile to acknowledge it.
It’s hard to find much information about Anne’s Cascades. They are beautiful, and I regret not spending more time here. There are better places for waterfall photography in the Otways, if that is your thing.
The big tree was one of the oldest trees, having stood here for over 300 years. Sadly, it fell a couple of years ago. It’s sad but even when it was fallen, you could appreciate it’s majesty.
The fungi here is just amazing. I could visit here every 2 weeks if it was feasible, just to see the changes in the fungi. The photos below were taken in the middle of summer!
It is a beautiful place to visit. If you had to choose between this and Maits Rest, I would say go with the latter. However both areas are beautiful and compliment each other nicely.
I believe it’s a walk that should be savoured and not rushed. So many people rush the Great Ocean Road and miss the hidden beauty that can only be seen if you take your time.
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