Just over the bridge in Phillip Island is the turn off to Churchill Island Heritage Farm. It has been farmed since the 1850’s and became the holiday retreat of the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Samuel Amess when he purchased it in 1872.
Last sunday myself, and a dozen or so photographers from Melbourne Photography Excursions travelled down to the island for the day to visit the farm. Its tiny, only 57 hectares but has heritage gardens, historic buildings and great views over Port Phillip Bay.
I stayed in Cowes overnight as I was hoping to get a sunset and/or sunrise. That turned out to be a total bust with thick clouds moving in late afternoon. It was going to be a hot day though on the Monday so we called in at the Forrest Caves near Cape Woolami. We missed low tide so we couldnt get to the caves, so we dodged sand flies for an hour while trying to get some long exposure shots from the beach. Its a beautiful spot, but a challenging walk… big staircase up and down over the dunes, we were all puffing like ten pack a day smokers by the time we made it back to car.