Kilcunda - just 117kms S E of Melbourne sits snuggly between Phillip Island and Inverloch. Just a ninety minute drive along the Bass Highway finds this small community on the rugged South Gippsland coastline. The drive is an easy one and the scenery is spectacular, particularly when the waves are up. Locals share their treasured area with the tourists and offer surf and rock fishing, cycling, walking, surfing, snorkelling, hang gliding and tennis as just a few activities on offer. The area has quite a few B&Bs that perch on the clifftops and overlook the sometimes wild ocean.
If you're enjoying a relaxed day out, stop along the clifftops at one of the many picnic spots and enjoy a cuppa. Didn't bring your thermos? Never mind, perhaps you like my companion own a Bush Kettle - his pride and joy. It resembles a large silver jug that is filled with water, then twigs are poked down the inside chamber and it is lit from the bottom. While I find the whole idea intriguing, I invariably end up in peals of laughter as the whole process is supported by everyone praying that the thing will light. It actually works a treat: it's just a bit novel.
However, if you've brought your thermos, just unpack your goodies at one of the always clean picnic shelters. Some contain large barbecues, again, always well scrubbed. Perched on the crest of the foreshore, a sweeping gaze will take you miles along the beach and out to sea.
The area is well catered for with bench seating scattered around and a brightly coloured, well maintained and well used children's playground. As walking is a such a time honoured pastime in this location (as the scenery is spectacular), tracks are plentiful and again, well utilised.
If you're a seasoned walker or a horse rider or if you're a cyclist bring, borrow or hire a bicycle and take to the tracks. The16km Bass Coast Rail Trail, the only one of its kind in Victoria, will carry you through Anderson, Kilcunda, Dalyston and Wonthaggi. As the trail sweeps into Kilcunda, you'll experience the iconic timber trestle bridge across Bourne Creek, commissioned in 1910 (decommissioned 1970)
If you're just on a relaxed day trip, a long stroll along the sand, after following a somewhat lengthy staircase down to the beach, will offer you sea spray, sea shells and unusual rock formations, all of which offer a feast for the photographer in you.
There is no shortage of casual, relaxed activities in this lovely little community and the rugged coastline scenery makes the driving a pleasure. his outing is free, apart from your running cost for fuel and eats and provides one of those mini breaks that are so important if you are to leave the daily grind behind. If you're willing to return in January, there is an annual Lobster Festival at Kilcunda that's geared towards the family and is free of charge.