What a beautiful coast line we have right here in Victoria, Phillip Island, this was the highlight for me, i would have loved spending a bit more time here, just spectacular. A 4 hour cruise run by Wildlife coast cruises, We had Dale from Photo Ranges give a a talk, tips and tricks for photography. You can find them on Facebook and Istagram for all their events etc. This trip was organised by Peter Fogarty from Melbourne Photography excursions, what a great job he did, kept us up to date as the day was approaching, a private chat group with lots of info and laughs, I don’t normally do many large group outings, I’ll either go alone or very select small group. But as I said, this was very well organised. We didn’t see any Whales, although there were plenty of playful Dolphins, and seals, even though it rained and even hailed, it didn’t put a damper on the day, rough seas, that just made it adventurous!!! I was of course standing in the wrong spot as it started to hail, hanging on for dear life, overtime the boat went to the left and truck loads of water just poured onto me, I was not game to move at that point, i had tried to go across and one point when i was told not to run, ummmm lost my footed and went jogging across. It was a lot of fun indeed. It’s always great to get out in Victoria and enjoy what my own country has to offer.
Never gets old watching these beautiful seals, all part of the cruise around Phillip Island, they didn’t seemed phased by the high swells and crashing waves. Love the wildlife in Australia. You can purchase this image here.
Bellarine Peninsula (Port Phillip Bay)
The Ozone’s first bay excursion was on 18 December 1886, when she commenced a run between Melbourne and Queenscliff. On arrival she collided with the pier at Queenscliff.
In 1889, the Ozone was involved in a collision with the vessel Elfin, in Hobsons Bay, near Williamstown.
In 1894, she was involved in another collision, this time with the vessel May, in Port Phillip Bay.
The Ozone was withdrawn from service in 1918 and was sold to Melbourne shipbreaker J. Hill in March 1925. In October 1925 she was dismantled and her hull was sunk off-shore at Indented Head to form a breakwater for small craft.
The wreck is gradually eroding away. In April 1991, the starboard paddle wheel collapsed, dramatically changing the configuration of the remains. One of Ozone’s two anchors has been incorporated into an historical monument, which stands on the cliff-top near Taylor Reserve, Indented Head, overlooking the wreck.
The wreckage of the Ozone remains visible about 50 metres offshore at Indented Head. The wreck is an easy shallow dive.