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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Rockpooling at Point Leo - Westenport Coast

On Wednesday afternoon December 2, 2009, I went down to the Point Leo Coast, Westerport Bay, about 80 km south of Melbourne.

It was a warm day, the tide was out, and the vast reefs were exposed.

From the main car park at the end of Pt Leo Rd, I explored the reefs, doing a 2 km beach walk which took me to the jetty at the Pt Leo Yacht Club, then back to a point half way to Shoreham.

There was plenty of action along the beach, including a group of young students from the Balnarring Primary School on a nature-study excursion, a class of teenagers being instructed in the skills of canoeing, and people swimming, suntanning, beachcombing, and rockpooling.

This beautiful beach has a particular fascination for me. My first visit to the beach was on January 12, 1952, as a 12 year old. I walked along it from Shoreham, as an excursion organized by the YMCA at Camp Buxton, part of a ten day camp for disadvantaged schoolboys from low socio-economic environments.

See all of the Photos of my visit, which includes a picture which I took on that day some 57 years ago, at the same place, showing one of our Camp Leaders being photographed by my tent-mate.

The beach still looks much the same!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Bob sounds like a lovely spot. Have you ever thought of coming over to Port Lincoln we have some of the most stunning pristine coastlines and amazing walking trails. My husband has lived here all his life and walked every inch of our National Parks and beyond.
    We now run Wilderness Wanders (4wd and walking eco adventures) I invite you to check us out on and see what we are up to. If your on face book you can join us there too.

    Happy Walking & Best Wishes