An delightful town easily accessible by public transport. Good for an overnight stay with lovely walks in the area. Springtime was particularly special with wildflowers blooming everywhere.
You can travel to Kilcunda by bus, a bonus for us as we could enjoy the scenery and leave the driving up to someone else! The town is a draw card for foodies as the pub and general store both pride themselves on their gourmet offerings.
The walks are wonderfully refreshing as this side of the coast tends to be pretty rough, wild and on the days we were there - very windy so make sure you hang on to your hats!
The best thing to do once you're on your walk (apart from admiring the scenery) is to listen. You'll hear the birds twittering, the rustle of wild grasses and the splash of waves as they crash onto the rocks below.
We're told that local groups have worked hard to re-vegetate the area. Thanks to their efforts, birds populations have flourished, making the walks extra special.
The locations of the wildflowers are approximate only. This walk took us about 1.5 hours each way as the route has a few hills and there were plenty of reasons to stop and admire. Please check the Parks Victoria map listed above for more information. This map is readily available in Kilcunda itself (at the general store or at the motel).
The store has gourmet breakfast and lunch, fine produce, handmade craft and a few everyday supplies. It doubles as a post office. The pub next door opens for dinner, offering fine tucker and wine.
Be extra careful crossing the road to the shops as huge trucks, trailers and cars tend to tear down the highway in excess of the speed limit.
This is Kilcunda's dog off-leash area (the rest of the walk is on-lead).
Start along the dirt track (also a rail trail). You'll spot a sign to the left soon afterwards. Contains useful historical info as well as details about the flora and fauna here.
As you begin the walk, you'll notice the variety of plants growing on each side.
If only I knew the names of all these little flowers!
These are near an impressive cliff face. Don't step too far out or it's a long way (and bumpy way) down to the rocks.
Somewhere around this area is a historical remnant from the area's coal mining past. Peek behind the sign to see what it looks like.
These are Dianellas. I have them in my front yard. The purple flowers are great. Plus, they're a very hardy plant that will grow in the toughest environment (eg. my front yard).
Walk down to Sandy's blowhole for a shower! The rocks here are rather strange and interesting. The waves can be quite sudden and powerful so be careful, especially if the tide is high.
I've never seen this before! It's furry and feathery. How peculiar.
Are these daisies? They look like daisies. There are yellow and white ones along the path too.
The sound of rustling grass can be quite soothing. When the wind blew (which was often where we were here), it made the field of tall grasses look like a sea of green waves.
These are tiny flowers we found along the path. They are very dainty and easily missed, or trampled on! They were the size of a fingernail.
Trusty tea trees. The smell of tea tree is refreshing.
We found these on our way to the beach.
We ended our walk here but you can keep going till you get to Punchbowl Road. Dip your toes in the water but don't freeze them off. We had a snack here then headed back the same way we came.