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

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

Morning Ocean Swim (and a King Parrot)

The ocean at Apollo Bay is cool in summer and cold in winter. This is exactly how a group of ocean swimming locals like it. They swim all year round and have been doing so for many years. There are about 20 swimmers in total and on any given day at least a few of … Continue reading Morning Ocean Swim (and a King Parrot)