12 day solo motorbike ride – Apollo Bay to South Australia return

There are quite a few photos in this post - an iPhone might not be the ideal device on which to view them. Without a whole lot of planning I decided to do a solo road trip from Apollo Bay to South Australia and back on my 14 year old BMW R1200 GS motorbike. I … Continue reading 12 day solo motorbike ride – Apollo Bay to South Australia return

Winter swim at Port Campbell, and Whales at Logans Beach

I couldn't resist going for a swim in these inviting conditions at Port Campbell. The water was cold, clear and calm. The light north/north-easterly wind was offshore. The Southern Ocean was at rest. I usually keep a wetsuit and goggles in the back of the car when driving along the west coast in case the … Continue reading Winter swim at Port Campbell, and Whales at Logans Beach

The Inviting Cold Ocean

Winter snorkelling near Apollo Bay This extensive shore reef can only be snorkelled at low tide (less than 0.7m) and ideally without big swell. On the day Boo and I decided to go snorkelling this meant getting in the water not long after dawn. This particular 'pool' (it is in fact connected by a channel … Continue reading The Inviting Cold Ocean

Surf Rescue Boat (IRB) Winter Racing at Apollo Bay

The inflatable rescue boat (IRB) is an essential tool in surf life saving in Australia (and many other countries). It was introduced in the early 1970s and eventually replaced the iconic wooden surfboat. Competitive rowing of the traditional surf boats remains a strong and spectacular feature of surf life saving in Australia. IRBs are used … Continue reading Surf Rescue Boat (IRB) Winter Racing at Apollo Bay

The coast between Apollo Bay and Peterborough – autumn into winter

autumn on the west coast of Victoria can bring gales and wild seas one day and blue skies, calm seas and clean swell the next. I took the following photos along the coast between Apollo Bay and Peterborough on successive days as autumn was drawing to a close, and on the first day of winter. … Continue reading The coast between Apollo Bay and Peterborough – autumn into winter