After morning tea in Apollo Bay at the ‘official’ start to the Great Ocean Walk we proceeded to Shelly Beach Picnic Area and started our walk through the tall towering gums, their stripped bark leaving shiny trunks.

Tall gums

 We were walking in the ‘wrong’ direction back towards Marengo due to safety concerns regarding the tides. This meant it was mostly downhill. As we headed down the track to the sound of the ocean and glimpses of the sea through the trees we were amazed to see lots of beautiful fungi appearing beside the track.

Waves

Wine Glass fungi
Wine Glass fungi

Weeping Widow fungi
Weeping Widow fungi

Sulphur Tuft fungi
Sulphur Tuft fungi

We took a short detour to Shelly Beach where the tide was well in. The track is attractively designed with steps using local rock and some boardwalks.

Shelly Beach
Shelly Beach

Only a few birds were seen - 1 Yellow Robin, 6 Sooty Oystercatchers, 2 Hooded Plovers and we didn’t find the Beach Stone Curlew that had been seen in the area.

Striding out along the sand
Striding out along the sand

After walking across the shell-strewn Three Creek Beach, we climbed to Bald Hill where we had lunch.

Lunch

The views were spectacular, the day sunny and warm(ish), walkers cheery, simply a splendid time and place.

View towards Apollo Bay

One seal was seen leaving rocks and heading into the waves at Three Creek Beach while more were seen at Marengo Marine Sanctuary at the end of the walk.

Alison Watson

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