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Given that I sleep to a soundtrack of thunderstorms and rain, you would think that the gentle patter that stirred me from my sleep would be welcome. Today though, given the fact I was about to pack down the tent, it was not. Luckily, it stopped pretty quickly, but we were still left with an annoyingly damp collection of canvas to try and fold, roll, and jam into bags.
We prevailed in spite of the challenges, although much grumbling occurred, and we were soon bidding farewell to our temporary home in the depths of the Otways. Before we were to venture to our next destination, however, we had one last adventure on the cards, and one we hadn’t even considered until we’d seen it on a local map: a hike to Rainbow Falls. We knew very little of it, and Google doesn’t have it marked on its map at all, but we knew it shared a trailhead with the cemetery we had visited two days prior. As such, we parked near the Cape Otway Lightstation, grabbed our backpack, and headed off on the eleven kilometre round trip through the wilds of the clifftops to the elusive beachside waterfall.
The walk itself was pleasant enough, despite a few tiresome ascents, and descents that only reminded me they would be ascents on the way back. Still, the path was shaded for the most part, and there was forgiveness to be found in the snippets of breathtaking view to be found when the coastal shrubs cleared to crumbling cliff, opening a sightline to the crashing ocean in the distance.
Eventually, we reached the turn off that would lead us away from the Great Ocean Walk and down to Station Beach, where the waterfall is located. Following in the stead of the school group taking the same turn from the opposite direction, we marched down the hill, thankful for the two plank boardwalk saving us from sand walking until we reached the bottom.
As we stepped out onto sweeping sands of Station Beach, we admired the picturesque…