Johanna Beach

Cows in the paddock.

Cows in the paddock.

Girls talking to the cows.

Girls talking to the cows.

The girls at Johanna Beach

The girls at Johanna Beach

Rosalee pondering

Rosalee pondering

Rocks on Johanna Beach

Rocks on Johanna Beach

Closer view.

Closer view.

Lilianna running from wave

Lilianna running from wave

Looking at Dolphin in surf on Great Ocean Walk.

Looking at Dolphin in surf on Great Ocean Walk.

Johanna Beach is a lovely free camp spot in part of the Otway Forrest, we spent three nights here and enjoyed each one.

On our arrival and after we set up camp the kids and us headed to the beach. The surf was very rough and you could not swim in it, but the kids all had fun making sandcastles, and Lilianna spent her time making her famous water catching tunnels. You had to be careful with your back to the ocean and Lilianna was hit by a big wave, but luckily the rest of us made it to safety. I went for a walk along the coast and took some photos of the rocks that were near the sea.

The next day Rosalee decided that it would be good for us all to go on the Great Ocean Walk that led from Johanna beach up to another beach 10 klms away, although Rosalee’s plan was that we would only walk for an hour the kids all let out groans of disgust, to the idea of a walk. On this walk we could look over the beach and I noticed a Dolphin swimming in the surf, thankfully the Dolphin kept swimming in the surf for a long time so that all the kids got a good chance to see it. Amelia said to me “Make sure you put that in your blog Dad”, which I have.

On our final day the rain came and I wanted to go and see some of the waterfalls that exist in Cape Otway, we headed towards Apollo Bay and called into see the Cape Otway lighthouse, only to find that you had to pay $47 to see it, Elijah said “No way are we paying that much to see a lighthouse”, I had to agree. I asked about the waterfalls and was told that as it has been so dry in Victoria that the falls are only a trickle at the most, so on that sad note we returned to camp and thankfully the sun had come out.

I forgot to mention that our camp was beside a paddock that had cows in it and several times during the day the cows would come up to the tree we were under and sit and look at us, the girls had a great time talking to them, and Elijah climbed the tree and wanted to hop on their backs.

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