11.05.2012 - 12.05.2012 16 °C
On the drive from Port Campbell to Port Fairy we visited a few more coastal parks and admired the scenery. As you can see from the photos, the limestone stacks aren't confined just to the 12 Apostles, they are common along the southern coastline. We felt these in the Bay of Islands were just as spectacular.
We also stopped in at Tower Hill Game Reserve, a lake and park inside the cone of an old volcano that's overdue to erupt. These volcanoes are responsible for the basaltic rock and rich soil that is around Port Fairy, in contrast to the limestone in Port Campbell.
At one of our stops the wind was sooo strong that we were able to lean into it at silly angles without falling. Speaking of the wind, there's nothing pleasant about being downwind of a Shearwater (Mutton bird) rookery!
There are 10s of 1000s of them during nesting season on a little island at Port Fairy. The adults departed in April, the youngin's departed in early May, some as late as May 9th, so we just missed them. Having had that many birds, in a fairly confined space, eating and doing what comes after that, just weeks before... Well, I'll leave the rest to your fertile (pun intended) imaginations.
That aside, our walk around the streets, through the Saturday markets of about a dozen stalls, along the banks of the Moyne river, through the docks and out to the lighthouse was really nice. We had to briefly shelter from a small shower of rain by standing behind a magnificent Norfolk Island Pine tree in (a garden bed in) the botanic gardens but we were blessed with lots of sunny moments.
The historic buildings, including the Merrijig Inn, Victoria's oldest, are interesting. The B&Bs along the river are attractive, and the cafes and restaurants know how to do good distinctive foods. Over the two days that we've been here we've enjoyed some delicious cakes and slices, hot and iced chocolates, sorbets, slow cooked pork, garlic prawns, barramundi, steak, much of it locally grown and made. It was a nice way to spend Karen's birthday weekend...and a pleasant change from camp cooking.