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The famous Twelve Apostles in winter 2004


This is the "ship-wreck coast", where the onslaught of the Southern Ocean creates one of the highest swells to hit a coast in the world. This was the home to my ancestors - the Mills family - two of whom were early settlers and famous sailors/whalers in the region.

A great grandmother of mine, Maryanne Blackwood LANE at age 12yrs and her family were among those rescued when their ship, the "Schomberg", en route from England, disintegrated on rocks near Petersborough in 1855.

 To see the fury of this region check it out in winter but bring your coats and hang on to your hats! 

To enjoy the beach life, explore, and surf the great waves of nearby Bell's Beach, then try Feb-April avoiding the summer crowds of January. 

Warning - most of these beaches are too dangerous to swim in due to the power of the waves and currents - there are safe patrolled beaches so use these.


And then there were eleven - December 2005 after one had collapsed