Six Days on Thistle Island, South Australia

Thistle Island is a wild, remote and pristine island off the southern tip of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. It took only a short time to consider our answer to an invitation to spend five or six days on Thistle Island to help a friend celebrate his birthday. So a short time later, Lizzie … Continue reading Six Days on Thistle Island, South Australia

Rips and Ocean Swimmers

If you are neither a good swimmer nor an experienced ocean swimmer, or if you don't swim with someone who is, swim between the flags on a patrolled beach, and don't swim alone. No swimmer ever conquers the ocean. The sea requires the utmost respect from all those who submit themselves to it. The ocean … Continue reading Rips and Ocean Swimmers

Snake habitat; koala courtship; swimming in and around Apollo Bay harbour

My last snake encounter on the Great Ocean Walk was last year when I was walking ahead of Liz and was informed by her that I had just walked past a coiled up tiger snake on the grass beside the track. We waited a short time and it moved off. This was in mid-winter. Unfortunately … Continue reading Snake habitat; koala courtship; swimming in and around Apollo Bay harbour

February Photos on the Victorian West Coast

Apollo Bay and the surrounding coast and hinterland are where I spend most of my time. These photos were all taken in February 2021 in the final weeks of summer. With the exception of the spectacle of the gas exploration rig being towed through Bass Strait south of Apollo Bay, these photos capture ordinary daily … Continue reading February Photos on the Victorian West Coast

A short and beautiful swim

Underwater reef at Apollo Bay

Much of my ocean swimming is done alone. But when I swim out to the reef at the southern end of Mounts Bay, I like to swim with company. Conditions looked good for the reef swim on the low tide around mid morning today so I rang some possible starters to swim with me but … Continue reading A short and beautiful swim