One week base camping in a beautiful spot near Cape Otway
Only a few days after returning to Australia I went camping for one week in Great Otway National Park. Some of my friends are going there for camping every year, and have been for over twenty years. Last year I already stayed with them for a few days, but this time I joined them for a full week.
Essentially, after landing in Melbourne and spending a day curing my jet lag, I only had two short days to prepare for the trip, including buying a kayak, an ice box, a gazebo and new fishing gear. In the end I managed to fit everything into (or on top of) my little VW up!, but for next year I should definitely consider getting a larger car. Given Blanket Bay is only accessible by driving down a long and rough gravel road, a four-wheel drive would also be a good choice.
I never went base camping in Australia before, so this was the first time I camped in the same spot for one week. It's definitely great when you're in such a beautiful location where there is plenty to do. Blanket Bay sits right on the Great Ocean Walk, so there are opportunities to walk sections of it. It's also wonderful for fishing, diving or swimming and I spent a great amount of time working on my fishing skills and learning from others.
I didn't get to use my kayak very often in the end, I learned it the hard way that I'm not a sea kayaker when a wave flipped me over in shallow water. It takes a bit of practice to balance a sit-on-top kayak against the waves. Jay, one of my mates, then gave it a try and showed me how to surf the waves. Certainly looked impressive, but he's an experienced kayaker.
One of my favourite things to do at Blanket Bay however is photographing koalas. If you're ever looking for Koalas, Cape Otway and Blanket Bay is where they are. Sometimes they will walk right across the campground.
During the week we had two or three rainy days, but the week both began and finished with great sunny weather. I went swimming in the bay several times and hope to be back next year.
More photos in the new album Blanket Bay.