Liz Hemmings Photography

Great Ocean Road Adventure – Day 7 – Inside the Bay of Islands Costal Park. Taking the path less travelled.

Today was all about finding the hidden gems inside the Bay of Islands Coastal Park.

We asked the very helpful lady in the information centre in Port Campbell for some secret spots to photograph away from the crowds and coaches.

She showed us a few spots on the map with the promise that we would be lucky to see another car. Well she was right many of the places we went there was either only one other car or no one else.

We had been to see some of the more well known and signposted spots the day before so skipped past these to take advantage of low tide in the harder to access beaches.

Port Campbell National Park and Bay of Islands
Map of the beaches along the Bay of Islands showing two of the more popular tourist spots in the Port Campbell National Park highlighted

Bay of Martyrs

Our first stop of the day was at the Bay of Martyrs. This beach was easily accesible via a set of stairs. It was low tide and it appeared that at high tide you would have little to no beach access. It was a pretty spot with a few tourists there in the morning.

Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3164
Bay of Martyrs
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3167
Bay of Martyrs
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3171
Bay of Martyrs

Bay of Islands

The second spot we stopped was Bay of Islands, it also had a few tourists taking in the views. There are two viewing spots here and both are quite different and stunning. There wasn’t any easy beach access here that we could find. We were also keen to move onto some more out of the way spots while the tide was low and the light good.

Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3186
Bay of Islands
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3187
Bay of Islands
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3189
Bay of Islands
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3192
Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands Costal Park
Map of the “secret” beaches along the Bay of Islands showing three of the less visitied tourist spots in the Port Campbell National Park highlighted

Murnanes Bay

Murnane Bay was the first of the hidden treasures we discovered. There was one other car in the carpark but they didn’t come down to the beach so we had the place to ourselves. There was a long steep staircase down to the beach but the view at the bottom was worth the climb back up. This is one of the beaches you can only access at low tide and even then you have to keep your eye on the waves or you will end up with wet shoes.

Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3202
Murnanes Bay
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3205
Murnanes Bay
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3208
Murnanes Bay
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3213
Murnanes Bay
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3214
Murnanes Bay
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3217
Murnanes Bay
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3220
Murnanes Bay
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3222
Murnanes Bay
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3224
Murnanes Bay
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3229
Murnanes Bay

Childers Cove

Childers Cove was my favourite spot of the day with its bright yellow stones that were very angular. I loved the effect they made through my lens ball. This beach was very narrow and even at low tide and we nearly got wet a few times while taking photos. Again it was worth the long steep climb back up the stairs to enjoy the view from the beach.

Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3232
Childers Cove
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3234
Childers Cove
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3235
Childers Cove
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3236
Childers Cove
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3242
Childers Cove
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3246
Childers Cove
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3254
Childers Cove
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3256
Childers Cove
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3257
Childers Cove
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3262
Childers Cove
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3267
Childers Cove
Lens Ball Childers Cove October 2019-3249-1
Childers Cove through the lens ball

Sandy Bay

The last hidden gem was Sandy Bay. No stairs this time just a long walk in along and down along soft sand. Not ideal for someone wearing a moon boot but Corina is a trooper and made it plus a few climbs through the dunes for a better shot.

By the time we had walked in, climbed around the dunes and then back out my legs were aching. I definitely need to work on my fitness for next trip.

Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3283
Sandy Cove
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3295
Sandy Cove
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3297
Sandy Cove
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3301
Sandy Cove
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3307
Sandy Cove
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3309
Sandy Cove

We found ourselves off the beaten track with only the odd local on the roads. It is nice to get off the main roads and discover the hidden secrets.

Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3313
The road less travelled
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3315
The road less travelled
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3317
The road less travelled
Port Campbell Childers Cove Sandy Bay and surrounding beaches October 2019-3318
The road less travelled

 

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