Kayak & Canoe Road Trips The Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road Apollo Bay Day 3

The highlight of today at Apollo Bay, without doubt, was a short kayak paddle to a small rocky island off Marengo Beach, just down the road from our Great Ocean View Motel. The weather could not have been more perfect, nor the sea more clear and calm.

This is where a colony of fur seals hang out.   They are mainly juvenile animals, moved from the main colonies along the coast by breeding adults making room for the next batch of new borns.

Marengo Reefs Marine Sanctuary
Marengo Seal Colony – Apollo Bay

As we approached the main rocky outcrop, the seals headed for the water and continually circled us.  They really didn’t show any fear, just perhaps some well placed caution. After all, they were hunted for many years for their fine fur.

So we sat in our kayak, taking in the show.   After a while, some of the more adventurous seals moved in closer to us. Neither of us had seen seals this close in the wild before.   An absolutely memorable experience.

We did note, with some degree of pride in our abilities as paddlers, that we didn’t end up in the drink like our trusted guide.  But we all have those days, don’t we?

Absolutely relishing our morning on the water, headed down to the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse to pick up a few post paddle refreshments.   Loaded them onto the back seat of the Beemer, headed back to the unit for a few quiet drinks to end the day.

Read the full story of our Great Ocean Road self drive trip.

Marengo Beach - Apollo Bay
Back from the paddle to Marengo Reefs Marine Sanctuary

 

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