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…

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…