Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Phillip Island's best kept secret

Cliffs of light brown weathered basalt are made distinctive by a band of red as they rise above and around the small cove to the west of Grossard Point.

This spectacular section of cliffs -- with its sandy cove -- is the island's best kept secret. The view from the boardwalk look-out is a stunning 270° -- from the Nobbies to the southwest, across Western Port Bay to Cape Schanck on the Mornington Peninsula. Then you follow the coastline northwards past the small seaside towns of Flinders, Shoreham, Point Leo, Merricks, Balnarring and Somers; ending at Sandy Point. Beyond, Tortoise Head on French Island is a distinctive land mark.

A brass plaque incorporates a map and compass bearings, and is inset in the timber seating at the look-out.

From this elevated point you can see McHaffies Reef extending 700 m from Grossard Point into the busy shipping channel. It's easy to see why a warning light is needed.

To the south lies the Hen and Chicken Reef which, from our house, tells us when the tide is out.

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