We Are In Victoria’s Central Goldfields Region

After leaving Halls Gap, we travelled north to the city of Stawell and then east across the old central Victorian goldfields to Creswick where are spending the two final nights of this road at the RACV Resort there.  We pottered around the city of Stawell for some time yesterday morning. This is where Jill lived…

The Grampians and Halls Gap

Yesterday, we transitioned to the Grampian Ranges and  the tourist town of Halls Gap. We explored a little family history on the way and visited some interesting places. Near Hamilton, we came across two waterfalls on the Wannon River. The Wannon Falls are a bit of a surprise after driving across some expansive undulating lava…

Western Victoria – Prime Grazing Country

Our travels yesterday took us through the very western part of Victoria which are a prime sheep and beef grazing region. We stayed there night in the little town of Coleraine. This is the place where Louis Buvelot, a Swiss immigrant and early Australian Painter competed his work of a water pool near the town.…

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…

A Few Days at Cape Schanck

We have just had a few splendid few days on the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne. Our aim was to just get away for a few nice days and be away from home where we have spent so much time because of our Covid lockdowns. We decided that a  stay at the RACV (Royal Automobile…

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Melbourne is fortunate to have three zoos. The more traditional Melbourne Zoo, The Healesville Sanctuary with its focus on Australian Wildlife and the Werribee Open Range Zoo that provides large open spaces for big animals. Today, I went to Werribee with my Probus Club. What a good day it was! The weather forecast was for…