The Other Way – The Southernmost Tip

Photography: Trish Jean

Being lost is not always a bad thing. It lays roads out in front of you. Lost, if it makes you move, is another word for potential, for maybe found, a synonym for invitation, the cousin of different perspective if you become your own seeker by being both within and reflective, but also outside of yourself and your usual. Take a camera too, for doesn’t this invite new ways of looking? And doesn’t this require an attentiveness to the moment that means you cannot be lost?

Life is funny, isn’t it? Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, just when you finally begin to plan something, get excited about it and feel like you know what direction you’re heading in, the paths change, the signs change, the wind blows the other way, North is Suddenly South, and East is West, and you’re lost.It is so easy to lose your way, to lose direction. And that’s with following all the signposts. – Cecelia Ahern

And then a friend is able to change her work shifts and a road trip it is, with two days at the Southernmost tip of Australia’s mainland before a few days in Melbourne.

We arrived late to our cabin near Yanakie into blustery, wet weather. We were greeted in the morning by the birds and the sun and set of to the National Park.

First stop for a walk was Whisky Bay, overlooking Norman Island. So much to see!



And a wander across a bridge down to the sand.

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Next stop was Tidal River camping ground where we took a break for lunch with some of the locals.

thumb_thumb_IMG_6500_1024_1024After lunch I headed off to find the Tidal River Bridge and I wasn’t disappointed! It is a really cute bridge in its shape and span and affords lovely views up and down the river.






After indulging in the footbridge I walked around on one of the tracks beside the river to some fishing platforms where I looked for new ways of looking and seeing, including capturing the wonderful, colourful reflections.





Walking back from the fishing platforms I met with a young magpie, whose mother was high in a tree watching her youngling as he strutted and posed for me. I also met a wombat and some deer, though the deer declined a photo shoot, preferring to hide in the long grasses, and I’ve lost the wombat photos in my efforts to improve my electronic storage arrangements!


Last efforts of the day were a little more frantic…the attempts to catch the sunset and amazing moonrise. Flat battery in one camera, trying to set the other up in the fading light, lots to learn still but some good attempts and some good fun trying. Then the slow drive home due to the huge number of kangaroos, wallabies and wombats on and beside the roads.





A wonderful day, a step forwards towards something other than lost 🙂


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