“Watch out for the snakes.”
That’s the warning I got from passersby as I walked Port Campbell National Park’s Sherbrooke River Trail during my third visit. Fortunately, I didn’t run into any snakes along the way, but I did get to see this again:
One thing I’ve learned this past year: sea + cliffs + wind = my happy place.
And it was a happy day of sightseeing as I continued west on The Great Ocean Road, trading my Apollo Bay home base for a new one in the city of Warrnambool.
While driving, I got a kick out of the colorful birds that dotted the roads, just as plentiful as crows would be in the United States. There were Rainbow Lorikeets, similar to the ones that visited me in Noosa. There were also Galahs, like these that I saw in Apollo Bay.
I also saw a few kangaroos, munching grass on the side of the road, which was not a welcome sight. They’re known for jumping in front of moving cars and being very unpredictable. In fact, the physical size of the roadkill in Australia is ENORMOUS! It’s one thing to see a dead squirrel on the side of the road in the United States, but seeing a dead kangaroo or wombat — and a lot of them — is a bit shocking for first-timers. It’s why I always heeded this advice from the locals: Stay off the roads whenever the sun is coming up or going down. Those are prime kangaroo/car collision hours.
It’s also why I made sure to ask my rental car company: Does this insurance cover me if I hit a kangaroo?
NOTE: It did cover me. And that’s why I rented the cheapest car … and the bought most expensive insurance!
Anyway, I digress.
Day four of my road trip got off to a happy start and continued that way until the end. After my snake-free visit to the Sherbrooke River Trail, I continued west until I came to The Bay of Martyrs. Most tour buses appear to skip this attraction in favor of the nearby Bay of Islands. But, to me, the Martyrs are just as much of a must-see.
See for yourself!
There are great views from above, plus the chance to access the beach level and all its nooks and crannies.
After my visit to the Bay of Martyrs, I continued to the aforementioned Bay of Islands, which is actually pretty incredible too. Just a lot more crowded with tour buses!
After that, I went in search of Childers Cove, which could only be accessed via a narrow road that intersected with B100. I found the road pretty easily and, after driving for about 15 minutes, I thought I’d found Childers Cove too … but it was actually Murnane Bay.
And it was GORGEOUS.
Besides me, there were just three other people on the beach — all women who appeared to be about my age. They were riding the waves on their boogie boards, and I could hear their screams (of joy!) a hundred yards away. It was fun hearing them having so much fun.
It also made me want to get my own boogie board!
Eventually, I did make it to Childers Cove, which was just a bit further down the road. I couldn’t take the stairs to the beach, which were closed to visitors, but I could happily enjoy the view from above.
It was a wonderful way to cap off another great day on The Great Ocean Road.
Here are the rest of my photos from day four: