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Tiger Country

September 17, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Marengo Caravan Park where we stayed last week is the start of the Great Ocean Walk (GOR) that travels for 100k’s to the 12 Apostles National Park.  In fact, the track started just  20 metres at the back of our van so we decided on a 4 hour walk to Shelly Beach and return.

We were warned of great perils ahead but we soldiered on regardless and enjoyed a most pleasant day along ever changing scenery.  There are marked decision points along the way, especially on the beach sections, warning that you could get your tootsies wet by the tide if not careful.  We reached Shelly Beach for lunch and then retraced our steps for a most enjoyable walk.

The next day we headed down to Cape Otway where we planned to retrace our steps to Parker River, part of a camping hike we did many years ago.

The Cape Otway lighthouse is managed by a private consortium these days and it costs you money to get in so bugger that.  Instead, we pulled on the hiking boots and day pack and took off along the track to Parker River which is a section of the GOR heading east back towards where we trekked yesterday.

Again, a lovely walk along sandy tracks and changing scenery to arrive at the beautiful inlet at Parker River.  At the top of the inlet is a small camping ground for the GOR hikers but a long, steep downhill track takes you to the river and the ocean.  We were disappointed to find that someone had been there before us.

It was blowing a gale but we found some shelter behind rocks and enjoyed a pleasant lunch in a beautiful area.  I propped my bag up against the rock wall and found a nice flat stone for my bum and what a lunch view. 

We retraced our steps back via a slightly different route (That’s the Irish in me) which hugged the coastline before joining the main track.  This sign was about 200 metres after I leapt over a 2 metre Tiger snake lazing on the path after his winter sojourn.  We meet his young son earlier; a tiny little thing with plenty of guts as he reared up willing to have a go.  I had a lot of trouble convincing MP to take the lead after that.

MP thought she spied a koala so we wandered back a 100 metres peering through the trees and had trouble seeing any.  We walked back to our original spot and sighted 10 of them but this guy and this one were the only ones who weren’t displaying their bums.

You can get the Slideshow here and a short movie of the trip down Tiger Lane here.

  1. june in florida
    September 17, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Great scenery DB.Loved the Tiger Lane ride,good you do that while the vehicle is still under warranty.The Tasmanian Kitty that ended up on the mainland was headlines here.

    June – I can assure you I would NEVER do that in our new car. I only just read that story about the cat an hour ago. I reckon someone knocked him off and took him over Bass Straight on the ferry.

  2. AZ
    September 17, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I’m captivated by the “sandy tracks” photo, all those trees look so spooky, a great setting for Halloween! Are the trees alive? I also read about the walkabout kitty, I’m thinking he crawled into someone’s car unnoticed and just got transported to parts unknown, happened to a friend’s cat he crawled into a car through the sun roof and fell asleep. The people got clear across the Valley before he noticed him, they were kind enough to drive him all the way back home.

    AZ – Those trees are alive and well. Just one of the 700 species of Eucalyptus tree we have in OZ. The coastal variety are more stunted due to the salt air. We don’t do Halloween here so no hope of that occurring.

  3. Scott from Oregon
    September 18, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    awesome slideshow DB.

    I would have taken an hour of photos of that rock you lunched against…

    Scott – I have no doubt after seeing some of your photos.

  4. September 18, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    What kitty? Obviously I’m missing something.
    Will have to google it…..

    Shammy – This kitty.

    • September 19, 2009 at 11:35 pm

      Nice that he was moved home to Tasmania free of charge. If only Clyde could talk, he’s have quite a story to tell.
      Meanwhile I looked at the video, that’s a beautiful view from the top of the road. Not sure that I would like to tackle that kind of surface in a taxi though. I note that he was driving at a very demure speed, not with the usual taxi urgency.

      It’s a decommissioned taxi if that’s the right word. He said he’s had to take customers up that road at 4am in the morning which is quite scary even for my laid-back brother.

  5. September 19, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Wonderful photos! It looks like you had perfect walking conditions (not too hot or sunny). I would love to take a walk there some day.

    Peggy – Yes, it’s a good time of the year for hiking here. Having said that, I have some video which I might show in the next post of some great rain we had a couple of days ago. You guys don’t think about rain quite like we do.

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