Aire River East And West Campgrounds

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Camberwell, ออสเตรเลีย173 ผลงาน
ต.ค. ค.ศ. 2022
Hoven't visited these camp grounds for many years but went on a day trip. Only the West camp was open and now has beautiful shrubs and trees sheltering the sites a couple of which are on the river. Most have tables and fire pits. When we were there the river was full and the entrance open. There is a track to the beach which is sandy and only suitable for 4x4 but is flat and a pleasant 1.5 km walk but the views at the mouth are spectacular and worth the trip. When we went we were the only ones there.
เขียนเมื่อ 12 ตุลาคม ค.ศ. 2022
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melbourne6,805 ผลงาน
มิ.ย. ค.ศ. 2021
The lady at the Great Ocean Road Visitor's Information Centre in Apollo Bay suggested the Aire River as an interesting place to visit at Cape Otway and marked it on the map she gave me. I couldn't remember exactly what she specifically mentioned, but I had the mark on the map and I could see there was a lake and a river and I set out to find out what was there.

The Aire River reaches the ocean (and I do believe it is actually the ocean there, not Bass Strait) at the western edge of Cape Otway. Not far after exiting the rainforest I saw a small, brown sign (all the tourist attractions in Victoria have brown signs) saying Aire River and another saying Horden Vale Rd. That'll be it, I thought, and turned down the road.

The road goes up before coming down again and after about 5-10 minutes I came to a timber trestle bridge over the river. There was a minivan parked there and I could see some people on the bridge. I got out and had a look and then decided to drive to the other side where there appeared to be more parking spaces.

I parked on the west side of the bridge near a big signboard and a picnic area with the standard timber table and benches. I read the sign. There are two camping grounds there, Aire River East campground and Aire River West campground. There was a family of five or six on the bridge spread out not doing anything much in particular, just enjoying the views. I'm sure it is a popular fishing spot at times.

The banks of the river are lined with reeds. I walked back across the bridge and there was a large, white, long-legged water bird standing in the shallows on the bank near the bridge. The river is quite wide at this point. To the north it winds around into the hills, to the south it fans out even wider. I took a picture of the bird, and walked back up towards Horden Vale Rd a little to get a good shot of the bridge.

When I headed back across the bridge the family were also on their way back over. I saw something scuttle across the path at the end of the bridge into the bushes. One of the kids, a teenager of indeterminate age, also saw it and was excitedly telling them about it. The lady said it was probably a bird and he protested that it wasn't. I chimed in to confirm that the creature, whatever it was, was definitely a quadruped.

We all went over to the bushes to investigate. There was actually a bird in the bushes, it looked like a Wattlebird (a honeyeater), but that wasn't what we'd seen. The man examined the bushes. He pointed out some holes that something had dug in the ground near the fence posts, and some opening in the brush at ground level. He informed me/us that it was almost certainly a native swamp rat, as they dig those kind holes and construct tunnels through the brush. They were from Lavers Hill, which is nearby, and he said they get them on their property there.

The man also informed me that there were koalas in the trees just beyond the west campground. I didn't bother going to see them. I'm not that interested in seeing koalas sleeping in trees, I've already seen a few in my life, and it had been a long day, I still had plenty of things to do, and I wanted to get back to Apollo Bay before it got dark (I didn't want to encounter any wildlife on the road through the rainforest). But if you, the reader, wish to see koalas that's where you should look.

I was just about to leave when the white waterbird flew over and landed on the grass near the picnic tables. I was a bit of a bird magnet that day, it was the third time a bird or birds had come to me. I went over and sat at the picnic table and pulled out my camera and my phone.

The bird paraded around the grass in front of me. I got a photo of it first before it flew away. It had a very curvy neck and I called it Question Mark bird. I have an app on my phone, The Backyard Bird Count app, which has a bird identification section. The bird, it turned out, was a Great Egret.

You can also access this area from the west side, from Glenaire. I didn't do that so if you want to I'll let you figure it out for yourself.
เขียนเมื่อ 27 กรกฎาคม ค.ศ. 2021
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