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Nobbies Boardwalk on Phillip Island

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Published July 22nd 2018
Coastal stroll proves better than its name
At the Western tip of Phillip Island, Nobbies Boardwalk offers spectacular views of crashing ocean, coastal rock and lush hills.

The first eye-catcher is a flat-topped mound out at sea, connected to the island by a thin neck of black rock and scattered earth.

The sand on the beach here is dark grey, almost black. There is more of this colour showing through the clumpy green of the mound. The whole thing looks salt-stained, like a shirt you went swimming in.

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Two windblown geese take in the view

As you follow the boardwalk around to the left, there is a steep downhill to your right side; you look down upon a plateau of black rock.

Surrounding it is a stunning amount of whitewash. This is thanks to the brutal oceans of Bass Strait.

When waves crash down on the plateau, the white frazzled water spills down its side just like a waterfall.

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The only known waterfall in Bass Strait

The unanimous plant cover it isn't grass so much as a spreading small-leafed succulent, making it seem all the more moisture-rich and lush.

The wooden boardwalk cuts back and forth over this greenery at angles, making for good photos particularly if you can time it so no people are in the shot.

A little further on, near the end of the walk, there is an amazing view as the walk takes an abrupt turn to the right.

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Surf's up, dude

From this vantage point, you can see both the hilly mound at sea in the background, the rock plateau in the middle, and a cave spitting up mist in the foreground.

When a big wave rolls in, it disappears into the cave; this echoes its crash and creates a great splash of white that slowly disperses.

With all the big epic things around, you might miss the baby geese. You will more likely find these in the wind-sheltered areas closer to the start of the walk, because mama and papa geese are very protective.

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Baby geese marching in formation
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Why? Stellar ocean views
When: Daytime
Where: Western Phillip Island
Cost: Free
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