Beauchamp Falls

Victorian Travels – Part 2

The adventure continues as we leave Princetown to explore the area to the east.  We decided that Apollo Bay would be a central location that would along us to set up camp and explore the area.  This ended up being a good decision as it was close to the Otway National Park and all its attractions.

On the way, we visited the Cape Otway Lighthouse and were nearly blown away.  They advise you to hang onto your hat and glasses when you climb to the top of the lighthouse and I can understand why as it was so exposed that you could easily lose something in the wind.

Cape Otway Lighthouse

Cape Otway Lighthouse

The were quite few Koalas around Cape Otway and one nearly walked in front of us as we were driving along.

Koala at Cape Otway

Koala at Cape Otway

Continuing on from Cape Otway we travelled to Apollo Bay and set up camp at the caravan park right beside the Barham River.  Being winter there were not many people around and we had our choice of camp sites.

Rainbow reflected in the Barham River

Rainbow reflected in the Barham River

There were plenty of birds to be seen and I pleased to be able capture a shot of this New Holland Honeyeater in the tree next to our campsite.

New Holland Honeyeater

New Holland Honeyeater

The Great Otway National Park has so many beautiful places to visit but with limited time to spare we only visited a few of them.  The area had received a lot of rain and the waterfalls were flowing very fast and hard so we made sure that we visited both Hopetoun Falls and Beauchamp Falls.  It was raining at both waterfalls but Danni kindly volunteered to hold the umbrella over me to keep the rain off the camera while I took a few shots.

Hopetoun Falls

Hopetoun Falls

Beauchamp Falls

Beauchamp Falls

Driving through the Great Otway National Park we experienced all types of weather (in one day most times!) including wind, rain, sunny and misty.  We had planned to go to the Otway Fly Treetop Adventures but it was too wet and windy and they had closed most activities.

Driving through the Otway

Driving through the Otway

Ferns Galore

Ferns Galore

 

One place in the Otway National Park that we were amazed by was the California Redwood Forest.  The trees were planted in about 1939 and we were just dwarfed by them.

Dwarfed by the California Redwoods

Dwarfed by the California Redwoods

Looking Up at the California Redwoods

Looking Up at the California Redwoods

The forest is situated beside a lovely stream surrounded by ferns.

Idyllic Location

Idyllic Location

Waterfalls don’t need to be large to look good.  This waterfall was near a causeway on one of the many back roads that we took in the Great Otway National Park.

Small Waterfalls

Small Waterfalls

One thing that we did notice in Apollo Bay was how big the seagulls were compared to those in NSW and there were plenty around especially when you were eating your fish and chips!

The Birds

The Birds

 

Looking for Chips

Looking for Chips

To be continued