Around Yambuk

It was cool with rain showers in Port Fairy this morning. After a breakfast at the Oak and Anchor, we spent some time wandering along the main shopping street (Sackville Street). We sheltered under shop verandahs as some showers passed through and bought some ham and cheese rolls to take away for lunch. Our time…

Port Fairy

We have three nights in Port Fairy – a town in which time has stood still with beautiful cottages and a streetscape out of last century. Prior to British colonisation in the 19th century, the Port Fairy area, then known as Pyipkil or Ummut, was inhabited by the Pyipkil gunditj clan. The region’s ecology consisted…

Along the Shipwreck Coast

(It seems that some of my friends who subscribe to my web site may be receiving an email post that does not include any photos. If this is the case, simply click on the title of the post and the photos will load) The next part of our travels took us through the Otway Ranges…

Pottering Around Apollo Bay

We planned to have a quiet day on Tuesday visiting some of the local sights that we know and like around Apollo Bay. Heading back east towards Lorne, we were stopped at a number of roadworks and I managed to see a view Wild Dog Creek. The road along the Creek (Wild Dog Creek Road)…

Into The Otways Rainforest

The Otway Ranges formed around 150 million years ago, when the great landmass of Gondwana began to separate from other continents. It has a long history and fossils of dinosaurs have been found in this region. The Wathaurung, Gulidjan, Gadubanud, and Kirrae Whurrong Aboriginal people inhabited this area for thousands of years, before white settlement. Steep…

We’ve Started on a South West Driving Trip

We had some time set aside in early November for a driving trip and here we are. Fortunately, local covid restrictions were reduced in time for us to undertake this trip. For the next two weeks, we are driving around the southern coast of Victoria to two of our favourite destinations at Apollo Bay and…

Quarantine – Now and Then

Thanks to a very large number of Victorians getting vaccinated, we achieved a milestone this weekend where 80% of the 6.6 million people in the Victorian population  are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19. The state government had linked the ability to open up our community from lockdown to the percentage of people who are vaccinated.…

Melbourne is a Different City!

Once upon a time, long ago (just two years in fact), Melbourne was ranked as the most liveable city in the world. Today, that has been replaced with our new status of being the most locked down city in the world! Under our Public Health State of Emergency (originally put in place in March 2021)…

I’m Angry, Disgusted and Bemused

I have delayed writing this post as I have been so angry, that I was at risk of filling it with profanity and inappropriate language. We are in the middle of our sixth lockdown here in Melbourne – one that has now taken us to being the most locked down city in the world –…

Vietnam Veterans Day 2021

August 18 marks the 55th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. On this day in 1966, in a rubber plantation near the village of Long Tan, Australian soldiers fought one of their fiercest battles of the Vietnam War. This battle saw D Company, 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, face an enemy force of over 2000.…