The 12 Apostles and Gibson Steps

On our way from Dartmoor to our camp, Stevenson’s falls, we drove inland from Warrnambool to shorten the drive.

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So, on Tuesday we took a day trip to the 12 Apostles and Gibson steps.

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Even though I have been to the 12 Apostles before; when Elki was four and Anusha a baby, and when I was younger with my parents, I still found them awe inspiring.

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The majestic stone formations standing against the battering of the powerful sea, as it sends it’s rolling arcs in from (as Elki named it in his fantastical imaginative musings) the Everwater, is wild and beautiful.

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It was a cool and windy day, so we rugged up, feeling the fresh sea breeze blow on our faces and in our hair.

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We stopped at each of the lookouts to see the different perspectives.

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Scott and Anusha went on ahead,

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And Elki, Zubin and I followed.

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To the east we looked out on the beach at Gibson steps.

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After we returned from the apostles there was promised icy poles, and coffees for Scott and I, as we began the walk to Gibson steps.

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Zubin perched on Scott’s shoulders; his favourite walking position.

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We wound between the coastal vegetation,

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And down the cliff hugging steps.

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Initially Anusha was very fearful and intimidated by the rugged and rolling waves. We talked about the ocean being part of mother earth, in all her power and beauty. This did not completely reassure her but then Elki showed her the sandstone cliffs, which look soft as sand but are so very hard!

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We also talked about the birds that make the beach their home; nesting in the cliff faces and relying on the coastline. Anusha found bird tracks in the sand (she is very interested in animal tracks) and started to follow them.

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Zubin played on the sand and explored along the cliff face,

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And I went down to the shoreline, pulled by the wild energy of the sea.

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The children followed, Anusha now more confident,

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And they played chase with the waves.

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I felt so energised by the rugged wildness of the ocean,

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I could have stayed for hours!

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We played and walked, and got wet by surprise! So, Scott went and got the car for us ❤ and we went home. Stopping for snacks and filling our bellies with a warm BBQ.

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