Written in Stone: reading the rocks of the Great Ocean Road is a multi-disciplinary book; combining research, writing, sketches and photographs that chart the 135 million year story of the surf coast and its geology.

Released in December 2017 it sold out within a few months. Currently it is in its second print run with a third due to be ordered soon. It is available at all major bookstores in Melbourne e.g The Melbourne Museum, Readings, Hill of Content and along the coast.


Sample Pages

Sample Pages


Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road


The road that we will take stretches from
Torquay to Warrnambool along the coastline
of Victoria, Australia.   


Reading the landscape

Reading the landscape


The land beneath is a vast puzzle...

The colours, lines, textures and patterns we find in rocks are all here as a result of time and process acting on and shaping the landscape.
Each unique moment is captured. This book is an invitation to
learn how to read these moments in landscape.

The book is split into three sections: 
Torquay to Aireys Inlet 
Lorne to Castle Cove
Moonlight Head to Warrnambool 

Each section contains maps, diagrams, sketches and photographs
to help you see the story of the landscape. Together they chart
a 95 million year journey from Gondwana to Australia.  



Fine Art Prints

Fine Art Prints

Limited edition prints are now available: 

10'x10' on Canson Print Making Rag paper.

Locations: Apollo Bay, Cliff's east of Point Ronald, Boulder Beach, Devil's Kitchen and Soapy Rocks!





Torquay Books - Torquay - 1a/9 Gilbert St. Phone (03) 5261 2311

Torquay Life - Torquay - Surf City Plaza, 77 Beach Rd. Phone (03) 5261 4219

Salt and Pepper Gallery - Bellbrae - 557 Great Ocean Rd. Phone 0417 760 365

Anglesea Newsagency - Anglsea - 89 Great Ocean Rd. Phone (03) 5263 1411

Poppies Nursery and Cafe - Anglsea - 1 Simmons Ct. Phone (03) 52633841

Great Escape Books - Aireys Inlet - 75 Great Ocean Rd. Phone (03) 5289 7052

Lorne Beach Books - Lorne - 108A Mountjoy Pde. Phone (03) 5289 2689

Lorne Tourist Centre - Lorne - 15 Mountjoy Pde. Phone (03) 5289 1152

Apollo Bay Tourist Centre - Apollo Bay - 100 Great Ocean Rd. Phone (03) 5237 6529

Galapagos Books - Apollo Bay - 1 / 77 Great Ocean Rd. Phone (03) 5237 6011

Port Campbell Trading Co. - Port Campbell - 27 Lord St. Phone (03) 5598 6444

Collins Booksellers Warrnambool - Warrnambool - 159 Liebig St. Phone (03) 5562 4272

Warrnambool Books - Warrnambool - 169 Fairy St. Phone (03) 5562 9400


The Book Bird - Geelong - Shop 1, Pakington Village, 109-111 Pakington St. Phone (03) 5224 1438

The Bookshop at Queenscliff - Queenscliff - 30-32 Hesse St. Phone (03) 5258 4496

Cow Lick Bookshop - Colac - 90 Murray St. Phone (03) 5232 1072

Bookgrove - Ocean Grove - 1/73 The Tce. Phone (03) 5255 5973

Camperdown Information Centre - Camperdown - 179 Manifold St. Phone (03) 55933144

Redrock Books & Gallery - Horsham - 65 Firebrace St. Phone (03) 5381 0866

Blarney Books and Art - Port Fairy - 37 James St. Phone (03) 5568 2174

Ironbird Bookshop - Port Fairy - 44 Sackville St. Phone (03) 5568 2690


Avenue Bookstore - Albert Park - 127 Dundas Pl. Phone: (03) 9690 2227

Readings Carlton - Carlton - 309 Lygon St. Phone (03) 9347 6633

Brunswick Street Bookstore - Fitzroy - 305 Brunswick St. Phone (03) 9416 1030

Mary Martin Bookshop - Southbank - 3 Southgate Ave. Phone (03) 9699 2292

My Bookshop By Corrie Perkin - Toorak - 513 Malvern Rd. Phone (03) 9824 2990

Hill of Content - CBD - 86 Bourke St, Melbourne. Phone (03) 9662 9472

The Melbourne Museum Shop - Carlton - 11 Nicholson St. Phone (03) 8341 7620

Eltham Bookshop - Eltham - 970 Main Rd. Phone (03) 9439 8700

Bulleen Art & Garden - Bulleen - 6 Manningham Rd. Phone (03) 8850 3030

Wayward Books - Kensington - 172 Bellair St. Phone (03) 9372 2141


Gleebooks - Sydney - 49 Glebe Point Road. Phone +61 2 9660 2333




Philomena is a Writer/Illustrator and explorer of wild places. Her work focuses on the meeting point between Science and Art. She is deeply interested in how we connect to place. How we can become more intimate with the world and our own sense of belonging.

Her work spans the genres of Creative Nonfiction, Design and Embodiment Practices.  

Graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts and Science (Major in Geology) and a Diploma of Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne, she has since focused on exploring creative ways to communicate about the natural world.

Philomena spent nine years living between Melbourne and the Southwest Victorian Coast photographing, researching, writing and sketching the coastline. The goal: “Written in Stone: reading the rocks of the Great Ocean Road” a book that explores the geological stories of the region. This project was funded by a $20,000 Pozible campaign and has gone on to become a much celebrated publication. The Pozible page is still available for viewing - here. The second print run is currently available in Melbourne, Sydney and along the Great Ocean Road.

Aside from writing and exploring geology Philomena has an interest in design projects that foster connection with local environments. Currently she is working on the CERES Meditation Garden. Through in depth community consultation she designed the garden which explores contemplative practices, deep time and place.

She is a full time author, designer and educator. Spending time in her studio and traveling to talk on the topic of Geology and Creativity.

Philomena has studied Landscape Architecture, Geology and Creative Writing. These disciplines have resulted in a particular way of working with place, perspective, deep time and our connection to the wild.

My vision is to connect people to landscape.

This book is a homage to the land that meets the ocean. 

A wild place to be treasured.