This has been my biggest adventure so far. And by so far I mean in my whole life. I set out from the city alone in a borrowed car with a backpack, water, bug spray, a tent, and my camera. I had directions to get to the M1 freeway, and was ready for anything. As soon as I hit the coast, the beautiful cliffs came into view.
There were so many lookouts along the way, but there were also lots of little hikes. I stopped at one that looked nice. It started with a set of stairs leading into the thick trees inland.
There was some wildlife along the way.
The end of the hike was a small waterfall that came down into a little pool. It was amazing.
I stopped often to look around at all the plants on the path, even the smallest things are so different and beautiful here.
I decided to start looking for a place to camp before it got dark. I knew I didn't want to be in a hostel or use a campground, that stuff isn't exciting or adventurous enough. I found a really overgrown trail that lead down to the beach. It was steep and thick with bushes, but when I came into the clearing this is what I saw.
I knew this was the perfect spot. The beauty of this entire coastline really speaks for itself.
I set up my tent away from the water just in case the tide came in. All I had for a blanket was the tent's rain sheet, and my pack was my pillow.
As night fell the insects got really loud. I could hear the crickets and even a cicada. There were millions of stars visible in the sky, and electrical storms in the distance. The sound of the waves helped me drift to sleep.
I woke the next morning to the sunrise. When I got out of the tent this is the great view I had.
I hiked back up to the car and drove on. The B100 highway that runs along the coast turned inland, and the scenery turned to rolling fields of grass and deep gulches of trees along the rivers coming from the ocean. I stopped to have a look. The field near me was fenced off, so I hopped the fence and started walking through the field. The hills were dotted with beautiful trees and sheep.
The morning mist felt fresh, and the land was quiet except the distant sounds of the sheep and even a kookaburra. I walked down the hill a while, and something caught my eye sticking out of the ground. It was a sheep skull! So of course I took it and hooked it to my pack like a thug headhunter.
I stayed in the field for a while just enjoying the peace. When I got back to the car there was a storm warning on the radio, so I started heading back up the coast. There were many places I passed and didn't stop on the way down.
The first place I stopped on the way back was Carisbrook Falls. It was a short, steep hike up to a lookout of a very large and beautiful waterfall coming off the ridge.
I hopped over the fence at the edge of the lookout and climbed down to the stream coming off of the falls.
I got back to the car and continued my journey. My next stop was the Split Point Lighthouse. There was a bit of a hike up to the lighthouse, and then overlooks of the red, rocky cliffs. I saw this Magpie catch a worm on my way up.
The lighthouse is very old and beautiful. It is still being used too!
I didn't want to pay to go up inside of it, so I just got close.
There was a looping path from the lighthouse that gave great views of the jagged coastline.
I hopped yet another fence and walked all the way out onto the cliff's edge, about 150 feet off the water.
The path also gave alternate, sweet views of the lighthouse.
After I finished walking that looping path, there was another stair path down to the beach that I took. The jagged rocks on the beach were really an amazing sight.
Looking up into one of the cliffs, I got to see this awesome view.
And finally, I left my own contribution to the sights and wonders of the southern Australian coast line.
This trip was awesome. So much to see, so much that happened that I didn't even get a chance to photograph. On the way home there was a huge koala in the road that I almost hit! After being on the road and hiking and camping, it was good to get back to a shower and a bed.