The winding, B110-Coast-Road, from Melbourne will take you past, pristine, beaches dotted with colourful, beach-boxes, fish-shops, restaurants and camp-grounds.
About, 90km’s south of Melbourne is Blairgowrie’s, Pearse’s Beach, only a five-minute drive from the, natural Peninsula Hot Springs.
The end of Victoria’s, bitter, cold winter brings a myriad of pleasant, surprises.
A brisk, morning breeze accompanied the musical, sounds of native birds, butter-yellow, wattle revitalise the senses.
Wildflowers bursting with bees, litter the roadside accompanying the familiar lavender and white daisies that are popular in the gardens of residents.
Unique, twisting, ti-trees have sprouted out of the earth like a tangled-mess of wind-swept hair, providing a private haven for holiday-makers.
Rustic, native bushland and coastal vegetation bathed in afternoon light, create a Renoiresque, effect, a photographer’s playground.
Everything and everyone comes alive in early spring and October is also notorious for the dreaded, hay-fever.
We walked the silent neighbourhood, with no real plan of where to go, until we stumbled upon a winding, narrow track to Pearse’s Beach.
It is possible to park your car in the small car-park, at the Pearse’s Road entrance.
Surrounded by rough, green, beach-forest, we walked in thongs and then barefoot for about 15-minutes in total silence.
The horizon appeared at the end of the rugged track, a sight to behold.
We were bewildered as to why we were the only ones around to witness, Victoria’s best kept secret.
As we drew nearer to the water and cliff-tops, we found ourselves on a journey of breath-taking, beauty.
The sound of waves crashing, led us to a vacant beach.
We swam in the ice-cold, salty sea, a welcomed, shake-up to the vibrancy of this great, Australian, paradise.
A vast, landscape of straw coloured, grasses and sage-green, coastal vegetation brought to mind an Arizona by the sea.
Edible succulent, plants with bright, pink-flowers, trailed everywhere and blanketed the rocky, dry terrain.
High winds made it impossible to wear a hat and my porcelain-skinned, friend needed sunscreen.
Ships sailed on the horizon and dolphins could be seen playing in the waves.
Surfers, rode waves close to sharp rocks appearing to be swallowed by the arching, monumental, cliff-face.
The coral-textured cliffs, shaped by the elements, stood like gigantic, sand-sculptures, ocre and white against a rough, turquoise sea.
We came across the famous, Coppins Track, and walked an hour.
We made our way through Dimmicks Beach, Koonya Beach, St Paul’s Beach and ended in Sorrento’s, ‘All Smiles Beach’ which provided a bathroom, kiosk and picnic area.
Here, there is the opportunity to go on a guided walk and learn historic facts about the area’s long history.
We learned that the Bunerong people occupied the area before the first Victorian, European Settlement landed in 1803.
It was like stepping back in time, witnessing the wide-open sea and Peninsula from the various lookout’s, used by sailors many years ago.
Sorrento has a well-known, family-friendly beach, which attracts hundreds of Melbournites, and tourists from all over the world each year.
Evenings are quite cool at this time of year so it’s a good idea to bring some warm clothes, as the weather can change quickly.
Four season’s in one day really describes this area well.