Weekend escape to Kilcunda.
A mild fine weekend was forecast, and being late autumn it could be the last nice weekend we are likely to have for sometime, it was mid afternoon Friday, van was packed and off we went, heading to the Bass coast in Victoria, a relatively short drive of 1 1/2 hours. We arrived before dark and were lucky enough to get a cliff top site over looking Kilcunda Beach.
The camping ground is located across the road from the Kilcunda Pub, your typical country pub that serves great meals, so dinner was sorted at the pub. On our way over there some one was calling us from behind, turned out to be some friends of ours who we had not seen for about 6 months, they have a caravan onsite there and get to Kilcunda every other weekend, it was great to catch up over dinner and a glass or three of red. It is great to catch up with friends out of the blue like this.
Saturday morning a beautiful still warm morning, the ocean was calm and a beautiful pre dawn glow, it was going to be nice day. After breakfast we mounted the bikes and headed of long the Bass Coast rail trail to Wonthaggi. The rail trail heads east out of Kilcunda and the first thing you come to is the Historic Trestle Bridge the bridge is an iconic feature of the area, crossing a small creek and adjacent to the surf beach.
We continue on riding adjacent to the coast and enjoying the views of this beautiful section of the coast, the trail leaves the coast and pass through grazing and dairy farms, beautiful green and lush farmland.
About 5 km in to the ride we came across a paddock that was full of Kangaroos there must have been 100 of them, just grazing on the lush grasses.
Along the trail you pass over and by rivers and wetland with an abundance of wetland bird life. As we neared Wonthaggi you pass by the wind farm, where electricity is generated, Yes the wind farms are huge windmills and are a form of visual pollution but nothing like the scars on the countryside like the open cut coal mines of the Latrobe Valley and there is not any coal fired power stations belching out smoke and steam, Certainly a lot cleaner way to generate power, and the wind just blows in from the ocean most days of the year.
On the outskirts of Wonthaggi we came across as pine forest with red toadstools and pine mushrooms hoping up everywhere, time for some foraging, we collected enough pine mushrooms for breakfast the next day.
Wonthaggi was established in 1910 when the State coal mine was established to ensure continuous supply of coal to the Victorian Railways, today Wonthaggi is home to the controversial Desalination plant that was constructed in recent years to guarantee water supply to the people of Victoria but it has never been put into commission to date. Wonthaggi is a smallish regional town serving the local region of the Bass Coast.
After a coffee and a chocolate eclair it was a leisurely ride back to our camp at Kilcunda.
The rest of the afternoon was spent exploring the beach and coves directly below the camp ground, and as the sun was starting to descend in to the ocean the sky began to change colour and as the last light of the day faded the sky lit up into the most spectacular light show of reds, pinks and oranges, and to top it off it was all been reflected in to the mirror surfaces of the rock pools on the rock shelf at low tide, an amazing light show.
Our daughter, her husband and two dogs decided to join us for the evening, they arrived rolled out their swag and we settled in to an enjoyable evening over a beautiful dinner and catching up with family under the stars on top of a cliff by the ocean.
Sunday morning the mushrooms we collected the day before were prepared with eggs,bacon, spinach and sprouts and cooked up into a huge omelette for breakfast, we all packed up camp and headed off.
We stopped on the way back and walked a section of the George Bass walk along the cliff tops one of the most rugged and spectacular sections of the Victorian Coast line, we only walked for a couple of kilometres as the legs were still fatigued from the previous day. We will certainly be back to this part of the coast to complete the George Bass Coastal walk as what we saw was awesome, and the bass coast is only a short drive from home.