Driving back to Melbourne from Phillip Island, we decided to take a short detour first and headed for Kilcunda, just 4km down the road.
A pub and a general store on the left and the ocean on the right pretty much sums up this part of town - but that's really all you need right there.
This bird of prey (maybe a Kestrel? - but I really have no idea) was hovering above us as we walked down the steps to the beach. You could see his little eyes watching all over the dunes for the slightest movement - and then BAM! He suddenly dive bombed to the ground and then rose just as quickly - with what looked like a lizard in his mouth.
If only I could prepare a meal that fast...
We chose to spend an hour exploring the rock pools at the right hand side of the beach. The tide was well out at 10am and there was a huge area to investigate. The ground looked like we were walking on the moon. Some of the pools were quite deep - the water would have been up to my waist in one of them. Not that I actually got in and measured it or anything. But you know what I mean...right?
At the end of the rocks, the cliff has been eroded to reveal a large hole with views through to Bass Strait. Some intrepid fisherman were trying their luck off the rocks. I hope the fish were biting, those waves were intense.
The rockpools were filled with shells of all shapes and sizes, kelp and this brightly coloured seastar.
Walking tracks, a cycling path on the Rail Trail and a picnic area next to the carpark make this a good spot for a day trip from Melbourne.
What: Kilcunda Beach
Where: Bass Highway, Kilcunda
Why: beach, rockpools, surfing, fishing
How Much: FREE