Feb 2021, Port Albert, Vic
This boat ramp is a 48hour free camp so there’s no need to rush. The wind has dropped out and a few boats are puttering about. The rising sun casts silver sparkles across the water. I walk out onto the boat ramp and small fish are jumping all around me plop, plop. This is heavenly. Small boats are moored at the piers and bob with the flow. An old fishing boat has the name Non Pariel, yes there is nothing better than this, sipping a mug of coffee in the salt air.
Note: Ironically Port Albert came about when the paddle steamer Clonmel ran aground on one of the outer islands in 1839. It soon became a busy port servicing the then fledgling Gippsland region.