Saturday, January 07, 2017

The Twelve Apostles

After our long drive to the sprawling metropolis of Lavers Hill (two restaurants and a general store) to find our hotel, we headed out after a rest to see the 12 Apostles at sunset.

I have written before about the attraction of the sea shore and the many ways it connects me to history, the environment, and humanity. This place does all this and more in a very visceral way.

This array of eroded rocks just off the coast of Victory is very primitive and primal and the pristine beaches add to the other-worldliness of the place.

There is a parking lot across the road with a walkway leading to a long viewing platform/walkway that runs along the cliff at the shore and then out to "pre-apostle" There is a rock formation extending out into the sea that is not yet eroded to be separate from the mainland. Most of the images here are taken from this farthest point. This location is in the midsts of the apostles. There are two to the southeast and the rest (fewer than 10) are to the north west. While there were 12 when the formations were named, some have collapsed in the meantime.

Just beyond the first bend in the shoreline is the stairway I showed in the previous post. So, this portion of the shore has access for pedestrians. The part in the other direction does not.

As a result, there is a completely empty people, no footprints...just a beach the way it has been for millennia.

As the sun fell lower in the sky, the haze became more apparent, creating a place of haunting beauty.

The colors of the sea with the sandy bottom and the seaweed makes a very calm scene.

There were hundreds of people on the boardwalk with their kids, all talking and taking selfies galore. But when I look out at the serene ocean and shoreline devoid of even the hint of humanity, I find it easy to block out the people around me and commune with the simplicity and nature that is before me.

This is a place to plan to visit when you come to Australia.