Week 44 – Easter waves

Week 45   Easter Saturday 30 March to Friday 5 April 2013

Eastern View beach

Eastern View, Great Ocean Road, between Anglesea and Lorne

The surf was terrific over Easter down by the Great Ocean Road – not that I can surf (I can hardly swim). It was a treat to watch some fine surfing on some terrific waves at Eastern View and Cathedral Rock. It’s a treat to be down that part of the world, regardless of the weather or the surf or even the traffic.

Easter, of course, means  the Bells Beach Classic. I steered clear but was tempted to take the turn-off on my way back  from the Geelong-Williamstown game at Spring Creek Reserve, Torquay. Instead my son and I had a kick of the footy at Bellbrae.

This week’s dips:
Easter Saturday 30 March: Fairhaven, 9am
Easter Sunday 31 March: Sunnymeade (Aireys Inlet) 9am
Easter Monday 1 April: Moggs Creek 9am, Eastern View 3pm
Tuesday 2 April: Lorne 9am, Williamstown 5pm
Wednesday 3 April, Thursday 4 April and Friday 5 April: Williamstown, 7.15am

Scoreboard: 308 dips, 57 to go.

Next week: maybe Tom’s poem!


Week 35 – The Kororoit Creek Swimming Pool

Week 35 – Saturday 26 January to Friday 1 February 2013

Swimming hole in Sunshine

Swimming in sepia and Sunshine

‘Can’t say I’ve ever swum in The Kororoit Creek Swimming Pool in Albion, near Sunshine. Or Kororoit Creek itself, which winds all the way down to Williamstown.  I came across some historical signs a few months back while pedalling along the Kororoit Creek bike path.

The pool was actually a swimming hole in a deep part of the creek and was popular up until the 1940s, by which time drownings and pollution led to the local council building a suburban pool.

Gum trees and creek

Gum tree swimming, anyone?

The signs by the bike path have been vandalised but you can still get a sense of days gone by.

Swimming hole sign

Selwyn Park sign

Close up of history sign

The mouth of Kororoit Creek is about a kilometre west of the Williamstown beach, just past Jawbone Marine Sanctuary.

Mouth of the creek

Monash University researchers at the mouth of the creek.

It’s a curious area – the local council has long been suspicious that the handful of angling club clubrooms are more residential that they should be.  Something fishy going on, perhaps.

Boats and poles

Kororoit Creek, looking east towards Williamstown

Kororit Creek, looking west towards Altona

Kororoit Creek, looking west towards Altona


As for the word ‘kororoit’, I think it means ‘young kangaroo’.

And as for Week 35’s dips, they were in Eastern View (three), Lorne (two), Point Roadknight (one) and Williamstown (three). But not Kororoit Creek.

Next week: Fleming’s Pool at  Altona beach