The Pinnacles, Cape Woolamai, Phillip Island.

Hi Friends,

A map of the Cape

On my road trip around the island, I had to stop at Cape Woolamai to have a go at photographing the iconic rocky formation, ‘The Pinnacles’. This is a hot spot for pro and amateur photographers alike and of course, nature lovers.

The Pinnacles from a distance

In my last blog post, I mentioned how I struggled with the George Bass Walk and I didn’t complete all of it. Well, on the same day I went to Cape Woolamai for sunset. This is somewhat embarrassing to admit haha but I walked halfway across the beach to the stairs to get to the actual cape and then I gave up. Walking across the beach in soft sand was a huge workout for me, I was just like “nope, not doing this, I am going back”.

People fishing along the beach.

Before I walked back to my car, I stood at this boardwalk lookout, looking towards The Pinnacles, thinking “some other day, maybe”. Then I started talking to this lovely surfie Kiwi lady, she insisted I go back and get my butt up to the cape, that it would be worth it. “Fine, I’ll do it”, I am somewhat easy to convince.

Almost there!

I trudged through the soft sand again, conjuring up all the willpower I could muster, I persisted. I was stopped by a friendly, very excited Asian tourist, she said to me the cape was so beautiful but insisted I have to come back another day (when it wasn’t so late) and walk around the whole cape (this takes a number of hours). I told her that I had turned back before and she said I had to go to the cape!

Getting closer!!!

So, I went on.


I must admit I was initially very intimidated when I got to the actual lookout for The
Pinnacles. There were about 4 other photographers already set up, ready to catch the sun setting upon The Pinnacles. I have been fortunate enough to be mentored by a highly successful pro in the past but I just felt like a baby giraffe who is making her way into a den of lions hoping to make befriend the lions haha. To be brutally honest, I know I have a lot to learn and I find it embarrassing to learn in front of other people for some reason – I need to get over this hang-up though and accept that we all start as a beginner.

My 1st test shot on my tripod before I started trying out some slow shutter speed shots. This probably turned out to be my best shot…

To my surprise, I was welcomed by a photographer who was very clearly professional and he dispensed some useful advice to me. At the end, a few of us were watching the last bits of sunset hidden by heavy clouds, having a good chat.

I was really excited to get the foamy slow shutter speed effect but literally seconds after my test shot the sunset was barely visible due to the heavy cloud coverage.

I headed back before everyone else because as mentioned earlier, I am not very fit at the moment so I didn’t want to be stranded on the beach in the pitch black darkness on my own. I spotted a pair of Wallabies who were play fighting on my way back which was a truly marvellous thing to see – I couldn’t capture them though, it was too dark and I didn’t want to set up my tripod again (the baby giraffe is slow okay haha). The walk back was a tough slog… my quads were aching the whole way and I was really pushing my limits.

On the way back.

This was really a wonderful, magical day. It was one of those days where I felt like the universe was conspiring to make everything work for me. All my interactions with people were so incredibly positive, I had a great time photographing beautiful landscapes and I pushed beyond myself way beyond my comfort zone in so many ways.

After this shot I pretty much ran across the beach as darkness fell very rapidly.

I hope you enjoyed my story and my photographs. Please stay tuned for my next blog post!

Mikki 🙂


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