Mornington Pt 2: Cape Schanck Lighthouse

Sunday….Cape Schanck Lighthouse

 

Well, if we were dissapointed with Saturday weather, Sunday was worse!  overcast, hint of rain in the air, bit breezy… of course today was the day we had planned to go to Cape Schanck Lighthouse, nothing like a walk in the rain and the wind… when you are right on a surf coast that’s normally windy on even a nice day! 🙂  After breakfast in Flinders we drove back through the rain to Cape Schanck.  They do lighthouse tours there on the hour, even give discounts to seniors 😉 so we booked that and then went for a wander.  I have never been to England, but I can now relate to all the books I read where they described wild, windswept, bitterly cold moors and coastlines.  By the time the lighthouse keeper arrived to unlock the door and take us up to the top our teeth were chattering and I felt like a popsicle!  We had dressed warmly but nothing could keep the icy wind out.

 

Cape Schanck Lighthouse

Cape Schanck Lighthouse

Cape Schanck Lighthouse

Cape Schanck Lighthouse

Inside was quite cosy…small, tight, narrow stone spiral staircase led up to the top. This is apparently is unusual for a lighthouse, as the norm was wrought iron steps.   From the top you could go out the door and view the world from the top of the lighthouse on the top of the cliff ;).  On the sheltered side you had views of the lighthouse grounds, on the otherside, open to the ocean you wind nearly blew you off your perch.

 

Cape Schanck Lighthouse

Cape Schanck Lighthouse

Back inside to the little wood panelled heart of the lighthouse where we learnt it was built in 1879 from limestone, the beam goes out about 50 miles and protects the shipping going past Seal Rocks.  The huge crystal lens is apparently worth 3.5 mil.  The lighthouse is all automated now, but in the ‘old days’ it was hand operated by a series of pulleys that kept it turning.  Wind the big wheel up 87 times and it would slowly unwind over the next hour and half, then wind it up another 87 times for the next hour and half, over a ten hour shift that’s 579 turns of the winch…. it seems one thing a lighthouse keeper of old didn’t suffer from was weak biceps!:)

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After the lighthouse we wandered over to the Boardwalk.  This is a spectacular timber structure that hugs the clifftops and sides as you walk along.

There are several lookout spots along the way to take a pic or rest. We had originally planned to walk this, then changed our minds when we became popsicles, but since warming back up and with the sun trying its best to peek out,  we changed our minds again and decided to brave it.

 

Cape Schanck Boardwalk

Cape Schanck Boardwalk – yes we walked to the bottom!

Cape Schanck Boardwalk

Cape Schanck Boardwalk

From the top to Pebble Beach is 1.7 kms… downhill all the way.  Which meant coming back up would be 1.7kms UPHILL all the way.  Something we didn’t consider as we set off.  We made it down in good time, looked around, watched the surf fisherman on the rocks and a hardy soul trying to surf… then started the journey back up.  We did it in only a slightly longer time than the downward journey, but nearly expired on the way.  Mental note: next time pace ourselves and take a bit longer to get back up!.  We felt very proud of ourselves though as we were passed many times on the way up and down by people much younger… and they stopped half way and turned around.

If they sold a “I survived the boardwalk” badge at the kiosk we would have bought one.  We wanted our medal!

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After we got our breath back we headed back to the apartment, legs felt like lead and we were looking forward to a LLD (little lie down!) LOL

‘Twas our final day… we head back to homes, doggies and family today… and of course the sun was out, skies were blue… glorious weather….

We left around 10 and headed to Mornington for breakfast.. then a short stop at the Mornington Boat Harbour and a slightly longer stop at Paper2, arriving back home around 2.30

Mornington Harbour

Mornington Harbour

Had a fab time, we laughed a lot, made fun of each other, ate all the wrong foods, drank too much wine, walked over 10kms on the weekend (we kept track lol) and yet still created art at night

 

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