The last day of term 2 saw the Fresh Air Kids visit the eye of Roadknight.
The Fresh Air Kids is a group of local families that want their children to spend time in the great outdoors, learning through playing in nature.
A community partnership with the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee, Fresh Air Kids aims to encourage local coastal kids to grow up observing the environment in more detail than even most adults do.
Date | 06.06.2017 – Visiting the Eye of Roadknight
A large number of Fresh Air kids gathered on the beach for a welcome to the Winter season.
Between Point Roadknight and the Anglesea Surf Club there are some very interesting, but highly fragile cliff faces. These have a tendency to break and collapse randomly all the time, sometimes leaving large Moonah trees on the beach. Be warned, and make sure you keep your distance from the cliffs.
Just to the east of the boat ramp are some very red cliffs made of a dark red sandy clay. We often find small pieces on the beach which can be easily crushed, and when added to water it creates a beautiful red paint called ochre.
As we walked further east we reached the Soapy Rocks landslip area, the cliffs here change to a much higher concentration of pure clay. The darker lines of clay mix in with the light and form some beautifully complex patterns and shapes in what I consider to be a natural art gallery.
Accessible only on the low tide, the Eye of Pt. Roadknight is tucked away in a small cove where the ocean washes up against the cliffs, constantly changing their appearance from year to year. Fortunately we could get access to this special hidden place on the coast.
The whole inside surface of this cove is covered in wonderful swirls and patterns. The kids took their time looking at all of the shapes in the cliff. At the moment there is a formation that looks distinctly like an eye, and even more like the eye of a whale (below).
Afterwards, we walked around the loop to the top of Soapy rocks, looked at the plants we had planted a week earlier, and noticed how they had since been joined by many others.
As always, it’s great to be able to share the wonders of the coast with our future coastal protectors.
Until next time,