Mama and Joey at Bonorong Animal Sanctuary are a good match.
Joey kept trying to get back in Mama’s pouch … until eventually she let him in, gangly legs and tail sticking out.
We joined in our local community celebrations, with events on the water, the beach and the park. Bean bags to sit on, kid play areas and rides, food stalls, musicians to entertain us. Here is a collage of our day. My photos don’t actually reflect the crowds that were there.
Hobart welcomed new Australians in one of many Citizen Ceremony’s across the country.
A new five pound note has recently been issued in England and Wales. It is Britain’s first polymer bank note, replacing the historical paper notes.
Australia issued the world’s first polymer bank note in January 1988, a commemorative $10 bill. All note denominations were converted to the cleaner, more durable, more secure plastic notes by 1996.
Here are some macro shots of the latest $5 bill.
Here is the note, front and back.
Our Great Ocean Road adventure ended at Logan’ Beach at Warrnambool where there is an extensive whale watching platform. Whales and calves are often spotted close to shore from this beach, whilst the mammals migrate between Antarctica and warmer waters. There were no whales for us unfortunately.
We did see more koalas and emus and horses taking an early morning walk along the beach and shallows.
We took the inland highway back to Melbourne and the overnight ferry back to a snow covered Tasmania.
Cape Otway may not be the oldest lighthouse in Australia, but it claims to be the most significant. It sits on the cliffs where the Southern Ocean meets Bass Strait and where hundreds of lives had been lost in ship wrecks in the decades before it was built in 1848.
Cape Otway was the first sight of land for thousands of immigrants as they sailed from Europe and North America to new settlements in Sydney and Melboure.
The wooden door at the base is in need of repair. But the metal door at the top leading out to the walkway, looks sturdy enough. A suitable contribution to Norm’s Thursday Doors.
The light was originally fuelled by whale oil, then kerosene, then electricity before being decommission in 1994. The huge lead crystal lens sending a light out for forty five kilometres.
The second day of our road trip took us along one of the world’s most spectacular tourist drives.
The Great Ocean Road was built by returned World War 1 soldiers between 1919 and 1932, in honour of their fallen comrades. As such, it is the world’s biggest war memorial.
Famous for the “12 Apostles” rock stacks offshore, there is so much more to see along this “shipwreck coast”.
We spent the day jumping in and out of our car as we stopped and explored various look outs, coves, outcrops and bays.
Loch Ard Gorge
Bay of Martyrs
Bay of Islands
Such an amazing day in an amazing part of the world.
The first day of our road trip was as delightful mix of coastal views, beaches, wildlife, benches, a golf course and a lighthouse.
We drove out of Melbourne before dawn and stopped at Torquay for breakfast and a walk around the coastal town. The day started with cloud cover where the sky and sea merged on a blurred horizon.
After watching surfers at Bells Beach we searched out the kangaroos at Anglesea Golf Club. A mob of Eastern Greys live on the fairways, ignoring the golfers.
Split Point Lighthouse at Airey’s Inlet is one of several lighthouses built along this rugged coast in the late 1800’s.
Along the road we noticed areas where bush fires had burnt last Christmas Day. Fortunately no one was injured but 116 homes were destroyed.
At Kennett River the local wildlife came to check us out. Parakeets, cockatoos, kookaburras were all curious about the human visitors. And as I’ve already posted, wild koalas wandered around and sat in the trees.
We stayed overnight at Apollo Bay which has a nice family beach and small harbour. Our motel room looked out over the ocean.
How do you start your day?
For many Aussie’s, it’s checking out the surf.
This is Bells Beach on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria. The surf was good and lots of guys and girls were out on their boards. I always think if surfing as a young person’s game, but it is a lifestyle and people of all ages participate.
Bells Beach is the home of the world’s longest-running surfing competition – the Rip Curl Pro Surf & Music Festival, an annual event which began in 1961.
The final scene in the 1991 film Point Break starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves, is set at Bells Beach, although the scene was not actually filmed here.