The arch is one of several rock formations in the general area. While in other parts of the world, it may be considered something of a wonder, along this particular coastline, it is reduced to something of a footnote. There is no means to access the arch itself from the parking lot without putting oneself in a bit of peril, and one can get up close and personal with it from the water on chartered boats. The pathway from the parking lot leads to a viewing platform which provides a single perspective of this natural arch.
Best times to visit
The location is open all year round. The weather in the area constantly changes. Hence, while the best time to shoot here may be at sunset or sunrise, the reality is that one will probably make the best of the conditions that present themselves at this location. I am yet to see a photograph of this particular natural arch significantly different from the next, and a lot of that has to do with the single perspective that one gets from the viewing platform.
With the weather in this area being as changeable as it is, check the forecast, and allow yourself some extra time in case you get caught in a passing shower (most of which last about 15 to 30 minutes).
The effect of sea spray in this location is far less than some of the other more exposed areas. Nonetheless, I recommend that you carry a towel and some microfiber cloth to keep your lenses clean. Tripods are not essential unless you are planning on doing a long exposure shot in fading light. The winds in the area get very rough. If you do use a tripod, carry a sturdy one with a hook to which you can weigh down with your bag. Your choice of lens would typically be of focal length ranging from 15mm to 100mm, depending on how close you’d want to zoom into the arch.
If you’re planning an early morning or late evening shoot, be sure to carry a flashlight with you.
While the paved pathway remains a good surface in all conditions, the wooden deck can become slippery when wet.
Always dress in layers. The weather and temperature here constantly changes, and its very easy to suffer from exposure to the elements. In the summer, it is imperative that you have sunscreen on you.
Your choice of footwear is important. I recommend comfortable walking shoes (not runners).
Vehicular Access: Sealed highway access to the parking lot.
Pedestrian Access: Firm gravel pathway leading to a wooden decked pathway.
Fitness levels required: Suitable for any reasonably fit individual. Suitable for individuals with mobility restrictions.
Walk Difficulty: Easy
Amount of time required at the site: About 15 minutes.
Price of Admission: Free
Access hours: 24 hours a day
Notes of caution: The deck is slippery when wet. You may run into a snake in the area. Proceed with caution. The path is wheelchair accessible, but some areas have gentle gradients. The cliffs in the area are unstable. It is highly recommended that one stays on the marked paths only.
Recommendations: The volume of tourists in this area peaks around 3p.m. when the tour buses from Melbourne arrive.