Friday, 14 August 2015

Cleft Island, Wilsons Promontory in Australia

Cleft Island is a granite island located off the coast of Wilsons Promontory in the state of Victoria, in Australia. It is also recognized as Skull Rock, and belongs to a group of three islands called the “Anser Group”. It is one of the most scenic of all islands in Wilsons Promontory, and very beautiful, unspoiled and above all, is a tranquil place.  In the first look from some distance you may not think it is anything to write home about and that’s the beauty of it.  If you examine the island a little closer, you’ll soon see that the place is quite possibly perfect for an irredeemable scoundrel such as yourself. Indeed it looks like something from a hit movie script; a large stone, skull shaped rock rising halfway up from a deeply blue sea off an isolated stretch of coast.

The western side of the island has a massive cave with a grassy floor that was perhaps carved by the sea when the sea levels were much higher, thousands of years ago. Moreover, the cavern is 130 meters wide, 60 meters high and 60 meters deep. Hence at a certain angle, the island looks like a skull which is known as ” Skull Rock” and it is complete with a big cranium, an eye socket (the cave) and the bridge of a nose.  The history tells us, that the cave was once thought to be an ideal place for target practice by passing ships.There is in fact two large caves on the western side. Moreover, the roof of the smaller cave is about 25 meters above the sea and forms the floor of the upper larger cave, and it is well covered with soil and vegetation on its surface.

The island is practically unreachable with tall vertical cliffs and no place where a small boat could come ashore and anchor. Due to unreachable place, very few people have set foot on the island or explored the cave so far. Those who have, reportedly discovered cannon balls inside the cave. The Black-faced Cormorant birds are particularly, have taken advantage of Cleft Island’s isolation and inaccessibility to humans, by making the island its home. As intrepid but impulsive tourists have discovered, if you have a boat out to the island and start to circumnavigate it, then it’s secret is exposed.  Therefore, it is yet the handful who make it round the corner have never lived to tell the tale thanks to the piranha-bots we have in recent times had installed.