Liz Hemmings Photography

Great Ocean Road Adventure – Day 4 SS Speke Shipwreck Mission

We awoke in our gorgeous little Bed and Breakfast on the South Coast of Phillip Island to a grey and rainy morning.

As there was no sunrise to rush to see we had a leisurely breakfast in our room of sour dough toast and Vegemite. While we waited to see if the weather would clear enough for our planned attempt to photgrapon the SS Speke Shipwreck.

Kitty Millers Bay
Kitty Millers Bay Phillip Island

The shipwreck is only accessible at low tide from Kitty Millers Bay. We had checked out the tides and location the evening before and knew that 9am was a good time to give us the maximum time for the 2km round trip across the rocks and sand.

Even without Corina in a boot I knew I would struggle to walk across the rocks without spraining an ankle.

Corina was full of confidence that the boot was not going to stop her and she made a valiant attempt but once we got around the first bend and could see more ground to cover than we had already done plus more we had to concede defeat. The SS Speke Shipwreck mission was over for this trip at least.

Kitty Millers Bay
Corina adventuring at Kitty Millers Bay
Kitty Millers Bay
Corina adventuring at Kitty Millers Bay
Kitty Millers Bay
Corina adventuring at Kitty Millers Bay
Kitty Millers Bay
Corina realising it was a crazy idea

Looking at the map below we made the right call. The red shows where we started mapping the walk from but we actually started in the carpark to the left. The shipwreck is more than twice as far again. Plus we would have had to return.

We had to console ourselves with photographing the pretty red and black rocks and the rock pools.

After a good while taking photos of the beach and rocks we hit the road and headed back to the mainland and west towards Aireys Inlet. Warning photo spam ahead.

Kitty Millers Bay
Corina exploring Kitty Millers Bay
Kitty Millers Bay
Corina exploring Kitty Millers Bay
Kitty Millers Bay
Kitty Millers Bay
Kitty Millers Bay
Kitty Millers Bay
Kitty Millers Bay
Kitty Millers Bay
Kitty Millers Bay
Rock pool at Kitty Millers Bay
Kitty Millers Bay
Rock pool at Kitty Millers Bay
Kitty Millers Bay
Rock pool at Kitty Millers Bay
Kitty Millers Bay
Kitty Millers Bay
Kitty Millers Bay
The stair theme continues at Kitty Millers Bay

After a quick lunch at the Front Beach Cafe in Torquay where we had some fabulous soup and vege fries.

We made one more detour to the famous Bells Beach which even in the bleak conditions had the surfers keen for a surf.

Bells Beach
Stairs to Bell Beach Victoria
Bells Beach
Surfer leaving Wiki Pop Beach Vic
Bells Beach
Surfer arriving at Wiki Pop beach Victoria
Bells Beach
You have been warned

After a few photos from the Bell Beach lookouts we hit the road for Aireys Inlet and a well earned rest.

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