With the modern pressures of the bustling cities, you shall take a moment to rejuvenate and unwind. One of the stunning places where you can ease your stress is the “Bay of Islands” in Melbourne, Australia.
Expanding across 32 kilometres along the coast of Victoria between Peterborough and Warrnambool, it offers astonishing sea views and a myriad of fantastic geological features. This is a place where you can clear your thoughts, relish the breeze that make the plants sway, listen to the swoosh of the waters as they glide against the rocks.
Without further ado, I bring you a list of entertaining things that you can do at the Bay of Islands…
1. Admiring The Seascapes
Upon your arrival at the Bay Of Islands, you can savor the picturesque sceneries filled with unique rock formations and sheer cliffs as well as a growing heathland that is sparkled with vibrant wildflower displays. Along the stretch of the coastline are two popular points where visitors can admire this seascapes.
The first point is found about 120 meters from the assigned car park and is accessed through the secondary path. Here, a timber deck is waiting to greet you.
The second point is found approximately 140 meters from the assigned car park and is accessed through the main path. Here, a slightly bigger timber deck will greet you to offer even more undisturbed viewing sessions.
2. Watching The Wildlife
The unique rock stacks go beyond its aesthetic purposes because it serves as the nesting sites for various species of birds. A colony of Silver Gulls can nest safely in the stacks without having to worry about the foxes and cats. Other stacks serve as the haven to Victoria’s only marine cormorant – the rare Black-faced Cormorant.
3. Exploring The Martyrs
Do not forget to explore the “Bay of Martyrs” while you are around the area. The Bay of Martyrs is about 10 meters away from the designated disabled car park. Worry not if you are bringing a wheelchair along as the viewing area is spacious and has a safety barrier.
This tourist hotspot allows you to enjoy the stunning views of the beach. You can also partake in a guided tour that will help you to see the Falls of Halladale shipwreck which dates back in 1908.
4. Witnessing The Vegetation
As Leonardo da Vinci once said: “To such an extent does nature delight and abound in variety that among her trees there is not one plant to be found which is exactly like another; and not only among the plants, but among the boughs, the leaves and the fruits, you will not find one which is exactly similar to another.”
da Vinci believes that no two plants are exactly alike and he was right. The coastal park is home to a variety of plants that thrive in this splendid environment. In Spring, the Yellow Banksias, Golden Groundsel, Pink Swainson’s Pea, and Purple Flag Lilies are colorfully blossoming. The Donkey Orchids, Fairies’ Aprons, and the rare Metallic Sun Orchids are also found here.
5. Respecting The Tradition
It is important to know that the area and the parkland is owned by the Aboriginal community who have lived there for centuries. Interestingly, they still practice their longstanding traditions and maintain a potent connection with the natural creations that occupies this part of Australia.
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