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The Great Ocean Road, Victoria

The Great Ocean Road runs for 243 kilometres between Torquay and Allansford on the south eastern coast of Victoria, Australia. It is heritage listed and is one of the worlds most scenic coastal drives.

Great Ocean Road

Stunning coastal scenery along the Great Ocean Road.

London Bridge on the Great Ocean Road

London Bridge. Originally there were two arches but one has since collapsed due to the erosion of the waves.

Loch Ard gorge

Loch Ard gorge close to where the clipper ship Loch Ard ran aground in 1878.

Loch Ard gorge

The sandy cove at Loch Ard gorge where the two survivors of the shipwreck managed to get ashore.

Rugged cliffs and rough seas.

Rugged cliffs and rough seas.

The Razorback, Great Ocean Road

The Razorback on the Great Ocean Road is a thin wedge of rock, steadily being eroded away by the action of the sea.

Stormy afternoon over the Southern Ocean.

Stormy afternoon over the Southern Ocean.

 

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To Coober Pedy and beyond…

Since I am struggling to find suitable internet access on the road this year, I will post photos with just a few words to let you know what we are up to.

North of Port Augusta

North of Port Augusta

As soon as you get north of Port Augusta, Sth Australia, the scenery changes to a flat, treeless plain. This a a virtually dry salt lake set in the dry landscape.

Ranges View rest area

Ranges View rest area

This was the view from our first free camp on this trip. Why pay to stay in a crowded caravan park when you can wake up to a stunning view like this? Ranges View rest area is situated at Kootaberra Station, not too far north of Port Augusta.

Next stop Coober Pedy

Next stop Coober Pedy.

Coober Pedy is unlike any other place I have visited. Many of the homes and businesses are dug into the ground, with multi chimneys sticking up out of the mounds to provide ventilation.

Mining truck

Mining truck

This is typical of the old vehicles used in the Opal mines that surround Coober Pedy. The drum at the top drops the tailings from the diggings into the distinctive mullock heaps.

Coober Pedy cemetery, Boot Hill

Coober Pedy cemetery, Boot Hill

The Breakaways

The Breakaways

In my opinion, no trip to Coober Pedy can be considered complete without a trip out about 30km north of town, to watch the sun set over the Breakaways. It is one of the most amazing places I have been.

Different view of the Breakaways

Different view of the Breakaways

Sunset trumpet serenade.

Sunset trumpet serenade.

The hills light up as the sun sinks slowly in the West.

The hills light up as the sun sinks slowly in the West.

 

 


Heading North for the winter

Like many Victorians, we like to travel up to the north of Australia during our southern winter. Most years we hitch up our caravan and head off when the weather starts to cool, and our plan this year is to travel through Victoria and South Australia to the Northern Territory and Western Australia, and particularly the Kimberley region where we plan to camp out along the Gibb River Road and visit the many attractions there.

sculptures

These fabulous sculptures are made in Wycheproof. I would have loved to take one home with me for the garden.

First night

Wycheproof, Vic

The start of our trip brought us to Wycheproof, an interesting little town where the train line runs down the centre of the main street. We woke to a misty morning, a reminder that it was time to move on.

Our next stop was at Hattah Kulkyne National Park where we camped on the edge of the lake and enjoyed our first campfire of the trip.

Hattah lakes

Hattah Kulkyne National Park

rain at Hattah Lakes

A brief shower at Hattah Lakes

 

Early morning at Hattah Lakes

Morning light at Hattah Lakes

The morning was cool but perfect.

The morning was cool but perfect.

Again this was a brief one-night stop, since the warmer weather is calling and we have a long way yet to travel.

 


RAAF Roulettes aerobatic team

At the end of October the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix was help at Phillip Island attracting an even bigger crowd than usual because Casey Stoner,  Australian motorcycling legend, announced his plans to retire from MotoGP racing following this series. Casey won his sixth consecutive Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix  to the delight of the fans. I didn’t get to see the race live because I was volunteering with the Rotary Club of Phillip Island and San Remo in the secure motorbike parking area, but I did enjoy the atmosphere and all the great bikers that come through our gates over the three days of racing. Some of the bikes were amazing. But for me the highlight of the weekend was the spectacular display put on by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Roulettes aerobatic team.

As the RAAF’s elite formation aerobatic display team, the Roulettes perform breathtaking displays, using only hand-eye coordination to fly at speeds of up to 590 kilometres per hour. During a display, the six Roulettes flying RC-9/A aircraft experience up to 4.5 times the normal force of gravity. When the Roulettes are not showing off their skills, they teach already qualified RAAF pilots to become flying instructors at the RAAF Base in Sale, Victoria.

 

Wow!

Skill and dexterity…the top plane is flying upside down

It is amazing to see how they can weave amongst each other. Two of these planes are upside down now.

This seemed too close for comfort!

This was the finale, when they all dropped straight down, then seemingly disappeared (at least from where I was standing!!!)

We parked thousands of bikes over the three days of the Grand Prix

The RAAF Roulettes fly above the secure motorcycle parking compound at the Australian Grand Prix, Phillip Island

This was probably one of the most amazing custom bikes at the Grand Prix this year.

There was lots of shiny chrome on display. These guys spend a lot of time making sure their bike looks bright and shiny for the weekend.

 

 

 

 

 


Phillip Island – The end of the rainbow

I think this photo is just one of those times when I was in the right place at the right time.

I am not sure if the yacht found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, or even won the race, but it certainly looked lovely in the evening light.


Gippsland Lakes

Our last stop on this trip before we arrived home was to spend a few days on our boat down on the Gippsland Lakes. The first night we tied up to a friend’s jetty, and the following day we ventured towards Lakes Entrance and stayed for the night at a lovely little spot called Barrier Landing which is a narrow strip of sand dunes separating the lake from the wild seas of Bass Strait.

I can never resist a beautiful sunset, and this one turned the sea and sky a beautiful apricot colour.

The evening was fine and perfectly calm. We walked across the sand dunes for a walk along the ocean beach before dinner.

There were plenty of spots to tie up for the night along the jetty or along the beach. We shared the jetty with only two other boats, so we all had plenty of space.

In the morning the wind came up so we headed back across the lake and up the sheltered waters of the Tambo River to the area where the cliffs tower over the river.

We spotted this lizard on the river bank. I am not sure what he is, but when he saw us he didn’t know whether to freeze and hope we hadn’t seen him, or run for his life.

I liked this farm house perched up on a hill, with cattle grazing in the paddock below.

The next morning the river was peaceful and calm, it was a great anchorage protected from the winds blowing across the nearby lake.

This pelican took off gracefully when we disturbed the peace by motoring through the flock of pelicans and cormorants resting on the river water. Pelicans are definitely my favourite bird, it always amazes me that they can fly so gracefully.