Kerang

We have had a good first day on our trip to the Flinders Ranges. We left home at 9.30 am in drizzling rain and headed north. I put a lot of trust in my GPS and it took us an unusual way out of Melbourne through Yan Yean, across to Wandong and Kyneton and then…

Rone in Geelong and the Bollards

Rone is the ‘nom de plume’ of Tyrone Wright (born 1980), an internationally renowned street artist. We first came across his art at the painted silo at the town of Lascelles in Northern Victoria, which features a local farming couple. He is a very talented painter. Rone grew up in Geelong before making a move to…

I’m Back on a Bike

It’s a long time since I have ridden on a bicycle. The last time was in 2015 when I visited Lord Howe Island. Over the last two days I have enjoyed some new scenery while riding on the bike trail from Mt Evelyn to Warburton. The bike trail follows the route of the old railway…

A Visit to Bruno’s Sculpture Garden

Today, I led a full day outing for my Probus Club (https://www.facebook.com/surreyhillsprobus) to Marysville and Bruno’s Sculpture garden. What an amazing day! Marysville was almost completely destroyed in the disastrous 2009 bushfires With a population of around 600 people, only a handful of houses were left standing. Residents were moved to temporary accommodation in towns…

Into the Golden Hills

On our second day in Gippsland, we travelled north to explore the area around the Mt Erica and Walhalla. On the way, we took a short detour along very a narrow mountain road, with steep sides, to the site of the old gold mining area of Coopers Creek. There is nothing there now apart from…

Understanding Social Distancing

Down in South Gippsland, it’s certainly dairy farming country. In most places, local governments have done their best to help us understand the requirements of social distancing. Down here, they have created an original method for describing social distancing measurement. As we drove into the little town of Agnes on the South Gippsland Highway, we…

We’re in Gippsland

We are continuing to use our new found Covid freedom to get away for a few more days – this time to Brigadoon Cottages in Gippsland. We used to be frequent guests at these cottages but haven’t visited for a long time. It’s nice to be back at this very nice property. Gippsland is a…

A Stop at the ‘Prom’ and Then Home

Yesterday was the last day of our adventure around Eastern Victoria. We left Bairnsdale in good time and pushed on to Tidal River at Wilsons Promontory where we planned to spend as much of the day as we could. About halfway between Bairnsdale and the ‘Prom’, we travelled through the little town of Yarram. This…

Bairnsdale

There isn’t much of Cabbage Tree Creek – just the General Store and a Men’s Shed.  Yesterday, we settled our bill at ‘Bird Songs’ and headed west on our way to Bairnsdale – the largest town in far eastern Victoria. Along the way, we saw  a sign pointing to the Stony Creek Trestle Bridge. We…

The Final Part of The Great Alpine Road

Today, we drove about 250 kilometres from Omeo to Cabbage Tree Creek. We left Omeo at about 9.30 am and stopped off at  a shop in the Main Street to buy a newspaper. There was quite a line up of prestige cars in the street and they weren’t the usual vehicles driven by locals –…

Over The High Plains and Down to Omeo

Today’s weather was very different to the day before when we had warm weather and sunny skies. By contrast, this morning we awoke to find low cloud on the peaks and a bracing cold wind. Clouds were scudding across the plains and visibility was quite limited. There were e a number of Aboriginal tribes that…

Up To The High Country

This morning we left the town of Bright with its manicured parks and well maintained gardens to drive just 60 kilometres to the ski resort at Falls Creek. It was a short distance but with lots of exploring, it took us a good part of the day. This is the third day of our nine…