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.
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.
Wine Glass fungi
Weeping Widow 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.
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
After walking across the shell-strewn Three Creek Beach, we climbed to Bald Hill where we had lunch.
The views were spectacular, the day sunny and warm(ish), walkers cheery, simply a splendid time and place.
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.
Freesia refracta and Freesia alba X F. leichtlinii are declared weeds in the Surf Coast Shire because they spread easily and threaten to invade bushland. Freesias are perennial herbs that die back in summer and produce new foliage in winter. The highly fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers appearing in spring are white to cream and pink with yellow markings, shaded purple on outer surface. Each plant has at least two corms, one below the other, thus requiring deep digging to remove them.
More details about how to control this weed can be found in the archive of Weeds of the Month.
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement.