Just 1.5 hours from Melbourne, a great daytrip.
On Saturday I experienced a whole new type of beach, at least I can't remember being at this type of ocean beach in the past. Often people assume a beach to be sand then water and not much else. We went to Sorrento Beach on the Mornington Peninsula, just over an hours drive from Melbourne. This beach had sand, water and tons more. Heres a geomorphology lesson for you: check out the picture of Marcus doing a backflip into a tidal pool. Now look at the cliffs behind him. These cliffs are actually fossilized sand dunes formed about 5000 - 10000 years ago from lime derived from sea shells. This made for a lot of interesting rock structures and some impressive tidal pools which a lot of people were snorkelling in, some I think were even spear fishing. A sign posted said you could find sea horses and octopii (?) in the tidal pools, among other things.
Check out the picture of me standing on some rocks. That is on the other side of a 4 metre deep tidal pool, beyond that is the open ocean. After seeing the ocean floor at low tide, I can see why its dangerous to surf in these places. You would just get annihilated on these rocks or stuck under ledges. Speaking of ledges, me and those kids in the picture hid under the rock ledge in front me and when the waves swept over it was like being behind a waterfall. Man, I was in a good mood and easily amused there.
Here is a picture of half of the beach. If you look carefully you can see the rock and tidal pool from the first picture. (Straight above the yellow tent). The picture of me is from around the corner. In a way it isn't the most practical beach since there are rocks everywhere, but to the left in the picture it is all sand and people were body boarding in the waves. I borrowed a kids board and caught some good waves and just flew, plowing over all the other kids, it was funny. Then I think the kids mom made him come and take the beard away from me.
Here's another fun trick I've learned: click on this link for a video panorama of the beach! I figured out how to upload short videos, so that should be fun.
I did some good learning, swimming and tanning on Saturday, so I hope I get back to Sorrento beach, or others like it, again soon.
To view photos from this trip, visit www.ryandownunder.blogspot.com