A short drive to the Mornington Peninsula

Chetan Kulkarni

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The Great Ocean Road is one of the premier attractions near Melbourne. It deserves a lot of attention and gets the same too. This road goes from Melbourne towards South Australia.

However if you go from Melbourne towards the Southeast direction you go towards the Mornington Peninsula. This is an equally beautiful but less explored area in Victoria.

The route starts around Port Phillip, which is more densely populated. The coastline then transforms itself into scenic cliff tops overlooking pockets of sandy beaches in coves between Mount Eliza and Mount Martha. Then from Safety Beach through to Rosebud and Rye are calm waters fronting extensive strips of sand and natural foreshore reserves. The coastline becomes a more rocky through Sorrento and Portsea which are more popular with people and have piers for seeing and more yachts and surfing. The water colour is amazing in this area.

The Bass Strait coast from Portsea to Cape Schanck and Flinders offers a much less commercialised environment with exhilarating wind-swept surf beaches, bushy foreshore reserves, scenic lookouts and rocky coastal formations.

Our route was as follows:

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We visited the Arthur Seat

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And the London Bridge

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And the Cape Schank Lighthouse

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with the Pulpit Rock

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More details shortly.
 

Chetan Kulkarni

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So here goes. The first stop we were making was Arthur's Seat near Dromana. It was a road up the hill which showed a great view of the azure sea below.

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The winding roads were amazing to drive on

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Imagine your car parked at the edge of a valley with views of the sea below.

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And the Melbourne skyline at the distance

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The start of the trip was brilliant and we carried out to our next stop at Point Nepean which was a historic site.

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The place was so lovely that it was hard not to lost in the atmosphere

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The places were no doubt beautiful but what was more beautiful was the amazing road with sea along side. The peninsula has two seas surrounding it. The Bay has softer beaches whereas the area near the Bass Straits has rocky beaches.

Our drive around the Rye and Sorrento area was amazing and the sea was especially beautiful here. The colours and shades of blue was beautiful.

From here we headed to the Bass Strait side and visited the London Bridge. The waves and rocky beach made an amazing view.

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Our friend got so engrossed in the waves that we felt one might take him along :) Don't worry he was safe :D

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There was a structure which had a shape like a Dragon's mouth

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The place was lovely and at an hour's drive it deserves a visit on its own

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We left for our final destination the Cape Schank Lighthouse hoping to catch the sunset there.

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The walk down to the Pulpit Rock was amazing. You could see the lighthouse along the way.

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We walked on to the stony path to Pulpit Rock and the place was amazing

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The photographers got amazing views from here. I wish I had a tripod here. I had one ordered but it was to come on the Monday after this weekend trip :(

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The sunset was amazing

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We finally had to get moving since it was becoming dark.

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The view of the lighthouse on the way back was beautiful

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The crashing waves gave us a great show

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The night sky was very enticing and I wanted to stay for a try at some Milky Way or astrophotography shots

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We had to get going though. I have still got this urge to go back to this place and see it again. Hopefully some day soon.
 
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