A Walk to Magic Rock 🌊🌊🌊

Everyone knows the Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, but there are some amazing cliffs and rocky features that are just as magical. A quick search of Google on our side of Warnambool in Victoria's south, just past the famous Apostles, brought up Magic Rock, but to find it took a little bit more nouse. It'll take you a while to walk there from the bigger coastal town of Warnambool (where whales breed and give birth for the winter) but if you drive down a few dirt tracks you'll end up in a spot about 2 km from it. We had our trusty old 4x4 so could get a little further than most, though eventually had to stop in case we scraped the underside beyond repair - some of those rocks were pretty nasty!

The track follows the cliff alongside a farm fence, where cows graze and the waft of manure drifts across. The rocks and windswept landscape reminded me a little of Cornwall, UK. We spotted some decaying glow in the dark mushrooms, a weed oddly named apple of sodom, and beautiful lichens adorning the fence posts. Even in sparseness can be detailed beauty.

Eventually - and here's where google maps helps, lest you walk to far - the track leads down to the cliffs, where caution is advised.

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Here you don't have the signs and the fences that warn tourists of how dangerous it can be, which made me enjoy it all the more. There was a cave and a limestone stack, and huge waves thundered onto the reef and swirled around the cliffs. Truly spectacular and wild, and all the better for doing it on a cooler day when there was no one around at all. Still, to get here was a bit of a mission which would turn off your every day tourist.

The rock is incredibly photogenic, but the light and time of day didn't lend itself to better photos. Likely it was my snapping skills as well - I wasn't here for perfect pictures.

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After our walk we headed back to Bay of Islands where we knew there would be a good view of the coast for coffee and lunch. Of course it was a lot busier here with cars coming in and out of the car park to see the beauty of this section of coast, including a lot of international tourists that kept stopping to admire our old car and the fact we were cooking in the back of it.

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I love our wild Victorian coast so much - it's so full of hidden gems. For the record, if you weren't sure what I was talking about, here are the 12 Apostles where people flock to admire the beautiful, huge rock stacks - there were once twelve, but many have crumbled into the sea. You can get a helicopter flight over them too, and there's a visitor centre there. It's been nicer to visit since COVID knocked the tourist industry to it's knees, but still, we usually steer clear unless we're taking overseas guests there.

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Every time I go there, however, I'm reminded of the majesty of nature. You just can't get an idea of the scale of it in a photo - but if a person was down on that beach, they'd be tiny, like an ant. They really are majestically huge. If you are lucky, you might see a seal or a whale too.

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Have you explored this coastline?

What's your favourite 'secret' beach? Pop a photo in the comments below for me to admire!

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Here you don't have the signs and the fences that warn tourists of how dangerous it can be, which made me enjoy it all the more.

What if? I guess the adrenaline jumped out.

Just like the people over there, I can't, but admire this your truck from afar.

Nature is genuinely beautiful and therapeutic.

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I hate signs everywhere, they spoil the wild feeling!!

I just think if you're going to fall off a cliff coz you're too dumb to look out, then you probably should learn the hard way....

Thanks so much, we do love our truck too.

Ta for the twitter share xx

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I perfectly understand you. It is mainly because you trust your senses.

You will be surprised how dumb some folks can be though.

I couldn't help but share such an amazing content on my Twitter feed.

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With so many stunning views, I bet you had great adventure with the 4x4!

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Sure did. The better views were from the walking bit, which gets you closer!

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What a stunning coastline! (The Land Rover is stunning too)

Becca πŸ’—

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Ha, yes, the coastline is gorgeous!

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It's a beautiful part of the world and one, thankfully, I've been fortunate to have seen with my own eyes. I'll go back. (I might have to borrow your Landie though.)

Becca πŸ’—

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Nothing really 'secret' about it at but it's where I call home. Long Beach, California. Been years now since we lived there-lived there but we try to pass through each time we visit our old stomping grounds. There's a joint called Hip-Pea on 4th streetβ€”best falafel in the world! Well, at least best compared to everywhere we've been.

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Pura knocking down a sunset.

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Well hmmmmm.. I may have heard of it, haha... Now that falafel sounds like a winner. Eating that and watching the sun go down sounds like heaven..

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I would love to travel in a camper again seeing this. When we were there it was crazy, so many tourists, havenΒ΄t seen that many ever again. The helicopter flight must be nice but the fact that it was almost as much like my flight back home stopped us from booking it. :)

Since they let in the unvaxxed as well now I guess its time to think about a trip next year πŸ€”

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It's definitely not as busy now! Maybe in peak times but all the busloads of Asian tourists aren't there anymore... The dynamic is so different. Won't be long before tourism gets crazy again. You'd be always be welcome to pop past ours on way..

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haha yes I remember they were taking photos of us using the barbecues in the park. Guess they have never seen that before :)

Enjoy it as long as there are no tourists. Thanks, will let you know when the time has come ;)

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Omg yes they can be hilarious. WE used to joke about how to spot a koala on the GOR - look for the tourists with cameras pointing up.

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Very nice spot you found there! I love those sea rock formations. You guys have the right vehicle for the trip.

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Sure do, it took some rebuilding but we love that car. She might be old but she gets us places.

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NI I havent explored there but i would love to such rugged beauty, really shows the power of nature

Thanks for joining Wednesday Walk :), I truly enjoy exploring the world virtually each Wednesday seeing walks from all around the globe and feeling I am there and experiencing it all myself, such as I did in your post just now :)

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Very beautiful place, the sea with rocks is amazing ❀

I think this long journey with great results has paid off

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How about London Bridge, I always like that formation better than the 12 apostles

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Oh yeah and I love the story of London Bridge and how it collapsed with tourists on the other end - lucky no one was hurt. Loch Ard gorge is cool too on a big swell.

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What a stunning place! Indeed the nature is so beautiful there!

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Truly is, we are very lucky. A shame it's getting so crowded.

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What beautiful photos are luxurious, I also like the work you did to the 4x4 to place the kitchen and the coffee maker looks quite practical.

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YEs, practical is very important with small living. Ournext one will be even better!

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That place looks amazing and your car is super cool! I would totally tour all over and check out the sites in that thing!! I am sure your photos don't do it justice, but it really looks like a great location to explore. Thanks for sharing such interesting photos of a place I'll probably never see!!

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Aw, shucks. THe thing about hive travel posts is that you end up green with envy and incredibly itchy feet for travel! We do love that car, she's nearly 50 years old but sure has character - every drive in her is an adventure!

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Love it! Yeah, totally so many places I want to go, but absolutely zero plans to leave Panama...or even our province anytime soon. Having six kids and a small farm is part of it, as well as all the CV restrictions still in place in so many locations. I live vicariously through all of these other posters showing the cool places around them. 😊

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Buttercup is sexier than ever! And it's healthy to tackle those rocks like a champ.

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It's truly a magnificent place 😍πŸ₯°πŸ₯° I think I have seen this place before, not in person, but in wallpapers. I'd love to visit the place one day ❀

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Reminds new.things that when it comes time for the next driving trip to Vic that we need to stalk riverflows feed πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜…πŸ€£

Looks gorgeous, !LUV πŸ₯°

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Wow, I understand this must have been special.

And thanks for sharing about the 12 Apostles, I hadn't heard about them.

It really is something special with a coastline, nature sure is very powerful. Strong forces.

xx

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Beautiful photos of the wild untamed coastline. The 12 apostles are awesome.

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Indeed they are. Thankyou πŸ’š I could photograph them all day!

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Beautiful photos of the wild untamed coastline. The 12 apostles are awesome.

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