Twelve Apostles at Dawn


This month we took a short trip to Melbourne and drove down the Great Ocean Road to see the Twelve Apostles. A few people remarked that only the English would holiday to Victoria in the middle of winter. While half of Melbourne flocked to Queensland to chase the sun, we headed the in the opposite direction! The Twelve Apostles are a collection of limestone stacks off the coast of Port Campbell National Park in Victoria. They're called the Twelve Apostles but in reality there are only eight left. The ninth collapsed in July 2005 and it's only a matter of time before another one collapses.

This photo was taken at dawn from the bottom of the Gibson Steps. The beach was out of bounds at the time due to bad weather, so I was being a bit naughty heading down the slippery steps.

First Basin Cataract Gorge


Following on from yesterday's photo of Cataract Gorge, this is a shot from the First Basin of Cataract Gorge looking towards the suspension bridge. Now this was tranquil! What you can't see is that above where I was standing is a chair lift that you can take across the gorge. Unfortunately it stops running at 5:30pm so I missed it. On one side of the basin there's some beautiful botanical gardens, and on the other side there's a huge public swimming pool and Cafe. If this were anywhere else in the world the whole place would be packed with visitors. This being Tasmania however, it was relatively quiet for the middle of summer.

Reflections at Cataract Gorge


I was only in Launceston, Tasmania for one night, and didn't think I would get time to visit Cataract Gorge, which would have been a shame as the place is amazing! I forgot about daylight savings (which we don't have in Queensland). That combined with the latitude of Tasmania meant it wasn't getting dark until around 9pm. That's a big difference when you're used to night setting in at 7pm in Queensland.

This photo was taken at the lower end of the gorge, fairly close to the city where the South Esk river flows into the Tamar river (or maybe the other way round, not sure).

Doesn't it look lovely and serene? What you can't tell from the photo is that those little shits in the bottom right had an old-school ghetto-blaster with them blasting out gangster rap music.

I'll post another photo later showing what I found when I got to the north-side of the gorge.