Tag Archives: Rock cairns

Shipwreck Creek Rock Art

Recently I completed my annual pilgrimage to the wilderness areas around Mallacoota. It is a 6 hour drive east of Melbourne and close to the NSW border. Mallacoota is a small town surrounded by the Croagingolong National Park and Wilderness Areas. I visit for about a week and explore along the coast and nearby forests, looking for the locals birds and animals. One of my favourite bush walks is from Shipwreck Creek to Seal Creek. On the beach at Shipwreck Creek I found an area of rock cairns where visitors have made their mark with local weather -worn rocks. Over the last few years I have found a few of these temporary expressions of rock art including the Great Ocean Road and in New Zealand.

Rock Art of Shipwreck Creek, Mallacoota, 18 Dec 2016

Rock Art of Shipwreck Creek, Mallacoota

Rock Art of Shipwreck Creek, Mallacoota, 18 Dec 2016

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Rock Art of Shipwreck Creek, Mallacoota, 18 Dec 2016

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Rock Art of Shipwreck Creek, Mallacoota, 18 Dec 2016

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Rock Art of Shipwreck Creek, Mallacoota, 18 Dec 2016

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Rock Art of Shipwreck Creek, Mallacoota, 18 Dec 2016

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Rock Art of The Great Ocean Road

On the way to Apollo Bay I stopped off at a beach for a break from the drive south and to look at the hundreds of cairns that various visitors have built on the beach. Some of the cairns were very well built and others were surprisingly delicate. One was very impressive, balancing on small edges. I spent some time photographing it and on the way back to the car I met the artist and his girlfriend laughing at my interest  in his beach sculpture.

Cairn Beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Cairn Beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Cairn Beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

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Cairn Beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

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Cairn Beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

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Cairn Beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

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Cairn Beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

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Cairn Beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

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Cairn Beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

A well made, well balanced cairn, with the artist appropriately unbalanced…