You will need a thick wetsuit but if you love to surf this is the place to be today! As I walked to Bells Beach this morning the big waves and the black suited surfers sweeping down them drew my eyes to this fabulous winter display of long lines of Antarctic swells that break from Jan Juc to Bells. Walkers, bikers, runners and dogs with owners were all out enjoying the morning sunshine and the surf display with me.
If you are viewing this from the Northern Hemisphere you may not be aware that our winters are very mild – not unlike summer in many northern countries – so it is also perfect for walking, bike riding, and running with fabulous views always in front of you. You do not have to be a surfer to truly appreciate this wonderful natural environment so close to Melbourne (only 1and 1/2 hours) at the start of the Great Ocean Road.
Wild life is abundant too. If you are a “twitcher” the heath is home to many native birds – Rosella’s, honey-eaters, blue wrens, and even the rare Bristlebird may cross your path. This morning a group of kangaroos were attracting attention on the hillside opposite Bells Beach. And for flower lovers the Pink Heath – Victoria’s floral emblem has just started to blossom.
Photos from mobile phone – sorry only device I had with me because I was taken by surprise by the spectacle.