Blow off the Blowhole, but don't miss Fossil Bay

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This is what I saw from my car to make me want to get out and have a closer look.

Once again, I was back on the road, this time just a little way down the road, back through Doo Town and instead of turning left to go back to the main road and Port Arthur, I followed the sign to the Blow Hole. I wasn’t in the mood for getting wet so I just planned to drive past and stick my head out the window, but I saw some gorgeous cliffs from the car and wanted to have a closer look.

The Fossil Bay Lookout is well worth the stop here even if the blow Hole is not blowing, which it wasn’t the day I visited.

There were a few people hanging around here so I didn’t stick around for too long, but did find a spot where the wind was tearing through and therefore scared all the people away, but the views were spectacular. I watched the wave’s crash over the rocks, and the kelp sway in the water to the movement of the tide. It was a lovely moment... but then some screaming kids came along to indicate it was time for me to keep moving.

This is another little circular path. I parked my car near the cliffs and followed the path to the lookout, just before reaching the main lookout I found a little nook in the path were I had the great view of Fossil Bay before the kids came along. Then I walked up the rest of the path to the main lookout with views across the entrance to Pirate’s Bay to the land on the other side. There was a family here that seemed to have moved in. One member was just sitting on the ground like it was their lounge room, while a child sat near one of the fences playing in the dirt and the third member of the family was leaning on the fence looking at the view as if they were leaning over the railing on their balcony. I wouldn’t have minded so much except that they made it impossible for anyone else to get a clear view. I took one photo and kept moving.

Following the path around to the blowhole, I spotted a beautiful bright blue bird in a tree. For those of you who follow my blogs, you may have seen the photo of two little birds snuggled together I have which I had seen the painting of. Well, this little blue bird was just like the one in the painting/photo. I stood on the path about a metre away from the little fellow totally gobsmacked, before he flew down to the ground just in front of me. It was as if he had come to say hello. :) He hopped along the path a bit before two young girls came galloping along the path. I managed to alert them to be quite long enough for them to get a good look at him too, and then he took off into the bushes.

A little further along the path I came to the blowhole. I understand it can blow pretty strong and wet anyone standing at the end of it, but today it was only putting on a little bit of a show. This blowhole is a different form of coastal erosion with waves forcing water along a tunnel and compressing air in a side cave until it blasts out again in a powerful spray straight out the end of the tunnel as opposed to straight up in the air.

Back in the car, I retraced my way back through Doo Town (I just love saying that name :)) and back to the highway and south to Port Arthur. While passing through Doo Town for the last time, I think I found the answer to the long asked question of “Why did the chicken cross the road?” I’ll tell you the answer when you find the photo.

Sunflower300 says:
I wasn't in the mood for noisy crowds, one or two people was fine. :)
Posted on: Jul 11, 2009
Sweetski says:
Can't wait to see the chicken been blown away through the hole..., or something :)

I guess you weren't in the mood for other people today? I get that; seclusion can be a wonderful thing sometimes, especially for outgoing people :)
Posted on: Jun 28, 2009
missandrea81 says:
You're welcome! :)
Posted on: Jun 12, 2009
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photo by: Sunflower300