My favourite walk is along the rocks from Sep Creek heading towards Lorne.
Perhaps it’s the isolation. Maybe the little coves. Maybe the chance meetings with the Herons. Definitely it’s the small wind blown caves along the way.
It’s never the same.
After a storm, there is often a jumbled mess of rubbery kelp.
The coastline meanders in and out. Closer to Sep, the recent repairs to the road are visible, showing how fragile the road foundation is. Further along, the headland has old pathways, with one leading to an ancient aboriginal midden. In some places locals have piled up some Zen stones, but none recently.
About 20 minutes along, the soft cliff rock has been eroded by the wind into a series of hollows and mini caves.
A few years ago, some of these were large enough to hold a dozen adults, but fragile. A few months later, they had collapsed into a pile of rock!
With this in mind, overhangs such as this are not a good place to shelter from the elements!
Today, the rocks are still being eroded by the wind, and in some places, hollowed out from one side to the other. In places the light shines through the holes.
Along further you can see a snapshot of the geological record with a stark set of black and white layers showing a sudden change in climate. It lasted about 500 years if you care to count the layers here.
In some places, there is a broad flat shelf, showing off isolated rock outcrops, sculptured by the wind and sea, arranged by some unseen curator of nature.
Often you will disturb Herons fishing in the rockpools. One time I surprised a seal basking on the rocks, a long way from its home at Apollo Bay. I’m not sure which of us was the more surprised, and he quickly headed out to sea.
Pic of local seal taken by one of our guests.
“Sometimes the path less taken is the path more satisfying.”