How many years has it been? Last time I came here, it was with a friend and his faily visiting from overseas. We drove down the Peninsula and saw the beautiful untouched shoreline and a ruin of a fortress. This place used to be a military practice ground, and was protected from the property development.
Quick look at the information on Parks Victoria website I found out that the park is accessible all hours although vehicle access is closed at 5pm. That means we could potentially see the setting sun beyond a natural beach. Not that ugly stretch of sand you find in St Kilda or Port Melbourne.
So I threw my gear and bike in the back of the car, rang up a friend with a last-minute notice, and drove down. It was a long way…
By the time we had a coffee break in Sorrento and arrived at Portsea, it was getting dark. Clearly we miscalculated the timing. And my friend did not have a bike, so our mobility was a little limited, too.
Leaving him to walk behind, I pedalled forward to see how far it is to something that is worth the walk. Little did I know I would end up pushing my bike most of the way on the sandy path up the hill (my bike had my regular city commute tyres which kept losing direction in the soft sand, while the wide block ones that came originally attached to my bike when it was new and never since used would have been perfect here), so I pushed my bike up the hill, finding a dead-end (there is no sign for ‘no through path’. Thank you Parks Victoria.) and coming back down, pushing, as riding down the hill was as dangerous on a wrong bike. I found that the tip where the fortress and beach was was 4km from the last carpark, not the tourist info carpark outside the gate where we parked. That is total of 6km one way, or something like that. Bike definitely. Next time, got to be a bike, and a tripod.
I found a ruin of an old pier on the side, facing Queenscliff on the other side of the water (there is a Ferry between Queenscliff and Sorrento, the near-by town on this side of the ‘mouth’ of the Bay.). But knowing my friend was left alone behind, I had to just rush ahead, with only a few quick shots. No tripod, no walking beyond the hill to find a better angle.
It is, however, a beautiful place, and I’d like to go back again. Maybe bring some picnic that can fit in the backpack with the camera, take photo in the morning, eat and rest in the shade during the day, maybe lie down and read, and up and shoot again as the sun sets… Then drive back to town for a late dinner.
Anyone wants to join, please send me an email, and we’ll make it! It should be nice during the warm part of the year, although I imagine it would be beautiful in winter too, with proper clothing.