Wilson Promontory to Phillip Island – Canberra to Cape York (via Apostles)

Day 9: 11 April 2018

Early start, I watched a pink sun rise over the Wilson prom from the camp ground at Yanakie. Louis and I woke early and took off 8am to see the animals at the Wilson Prom Nature park. We managed to see a few kangaroos and wallabies but as it was morning we didn’t see any wombats or deers. After this we took off to Tidal creek to have a look. We walked the beach and Tidal River as it was low tide. Amazing rock colours and a huge van park, I’d hate to see what it’s like on a busy weekend. After this we return back to camp for 10.30am and began packing up the camper. We left Wilson prom from 12.30pm and slowly headed to Phillip Island.

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Immersed in a world of Natural Beauty – Wilson Promontory – Canberra to Cape York (via Apostles)

Day 8: 10 April 2018

We visited Tongue Point, swam at Fairy Cove and Darby Beach, then finished off with a sunset at Whisky Bay. What made this day so special was that we were invited to join two wonderful families to be apart of their sunset dinner on the beach. They had carted down a five-star feast totally decked out with tables, chairs, huge paella, nibbles and wonderful food. I actually thought it was professionally organised five-star beach dining experience. We were so blessed to be able to finish the day such with great company. Louis had the time of his life playing beach football in the late afternoon. This is what travelling is all about, I will never forget this day, how lucky are we to have this on our doorstep.

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Day Lake Tyers – Canberra to Cape York (via Apostles)

Day 6 8-4-18 Lake Tyers

Camping on the bluff at Camp Tyler made for front row seats to watch the spectacular sunrise. The conditions were perfect for capturing images on both camera and drone.  I had a refreshing swim before heading to the local café to stock up on water. I was informed that Scott Kingman from the band ‘The Screaming Jets’ owns the local café and is a photographer so I was keen to meet him and  have a chat. Scott sells his photos in the shop along with great knitted beanies and camp supplies. They also sell delicious homemade takeaway food.  Lindy showed me the local kayaking spots and I headed off to Mills Point where I launched my kayak and paddled across the lake to ‘Black Fellows Arm. The lake has an abundance of birdlife including black swans, egrets, eagles and a flock of black cockatoos which I’m hoping doesn’t indicate rain. A marbled sunset completed yet another great day.

Scott Kingman is a musical artist and is currently setting up a gallery in the Lake Tyer village. To view photo images from Scott Kingman visit www.kingmanproductions.com.au

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Mallacoota to Lake Tyers – Day 5 Canberra to Cape York (via Apostles)

7 April 18 Mallacoota to Lake Tyers

I woke at 5.30am and paddled an amazing sunrise on Mallacoota waterways. I reluctantly packed up camp and left for 11.00am, heading to Lake Tyer just east of Lakes Entrance. In retrospect I should have stayed a few more days in Mallacoota to explore this amazing waterway. I made the decision to detour off the highway to Marlo via East Cape Beach and Cape Cannon where we went for a coastal boardwalk around the headland.  From here I set off west along the coastal route to Marlo where I passed over the Snowy River.  A quick fuel stop in Orbost and then onto Lake Tyers, Lakes Entrance where we had pre booked a site at Camp Tyler on the headland. This park is run by the United Church and has very basic facilities with new amenities. We were lucky by getting the only campsite on the headland overlooking a vast expanse of sand, ocean and surrounding lakes. I took an afternoon walk down to the pristine white beach and inlet which is very pretty and a perfect spot to watch the sunset.  After checking out the local tavern I decided to cook in. Unfortunately, Louis wasn’t such a happy camper today as he tried to make friends at the camp playground and was not received so well. Some children just don’t get what ‘kind’ is.

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Eden to Mallacoota – Day4 -Canberra to Cape York (via Apostles)

6 April 2018: Eden to Mallacoota

A short 1-hour drive south from Eden to picture perfect Mallacoota but not without a detour to Gypsy Point. This was a must as my Croatian father always references us as his gypsies.  Gypsy point is a quiet fishing location with a resort and boat ramp.  After setting up camp at the Foreshore Holiday Park I went looking for a place to kayak. I went to Belka Beach but the water was too shallow. Instead I headed out to Croajingolong National Park for an afternoon paddle through what is called The Narrows, a body of water which links the top lake to the bottom lake. The paddle was choppy and with only a few inlets to seek smooth water so we turned back against a strong head wind. The wind dropped in the afternoon and the lake became like a mirror pond.  We prepared the curry and went for a walk along the foreshore where loads of people sat just chilling around a fire pit with family and friends. One of the pluses of Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park is that you can have a fire, pets and access to a boat mooring.  The foreshore caravan park is a huge park with loads of options for camping.

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Eden – Day 3 – Canberra to Cape York (via Apostles)

5 April -2018

I photographed an early morning sunrise and then headed off on our day trip through the Boyd Town National Park. We drove to Twofold Bay in the hope that we could kayak but was refused entry by the resort owner. Apparently, this area is private property. Instead we headed off to Green Cape Lighthouse, stopping off at Disaster Bay lookout.   From the lighthouse we headed back to the highway to re fuel.  Tip: Check your fuel before you depart. A highlight of the day was a drive to Davidson Whaling Station which is a beautiful secluded bay with crystal clear waters, mussels and beach strewn with cockle shells. It is also the historical site where Old Tom was found in the 1930s.  We had a great swim and headed back to camp for dinner.

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