William Buckley was an Englishman born in 1780, who was later accused of stealing and sent to Australia. He escaped from the penal settlement. With no food or water Buckley collapsed on the grave of an Aborigine named Murrangurk. The people of Murrangurk's tribe (the Wathaurong - indigenous to the Geelong area) then assumed that Buckley was the reincarnation of Murrangurk.
For the next 32 years Buckley became part of the Wathaurong tribe.
Along the Barwon River is Buckley's Falls, one of the places that Buckley stayed while escaping the penal settlement. There is also Buckley's cave in Pt. Lonsdale.
William Buckley died in Hobart in 1856, saddened by the massacre of Aborigines and disheartened by 'white' civilisation.
This is an obvious day trip from Geelong, since most people come to Geelong via Melbourne. The easiest way is to take the train up. Walk through the shops, visit Federation Square, National Art Gallery of Victoria, a footy or cricket match at the MCG, tennis at the Tennis Centre (Rod Laver Arena) or go to the Melbourne Zoo. There is also the Moomba Waterfest in March (one of the largest outdoor festivals in Australia) and in September there is the Royal Melbourne Show.
Melbourne was the host for this years Commonwealth Games (with 71 countries participating). It also hosted the Olympics in 1956 (the first country in the southern hemisphere to do so).
One part of Australia that I believe everyone should experience is the bush. I believe there is a kind of freedom when you are out in the bush and it is just such a relaxing atmosphere. It is the perfect spot for a picnic/BBQ and a great place to go on nature walks.
Also a lot of these areas are historic sites having played a special part in the early stages of the foundation of our society today. This is because a lot of people came to Australia in the 19th Century during the Gold Rush and lived out in the bush and surrounding areas to seek their fortune.
For more photos and information check out my travelogue on The Bush (and Bushfires).
Parks around the Geelong area that I would recommend (about 30 mins outside of Geelong) are: Steiglitz Historic Park, the You Yangs and Angahook-Lorne State Park (about 50 mins).
Ballarat is a favourite place of mine, but one I haven't been to in a while. I love going to Sovereign Hill where they recreate what Victoria was like in the 1850's - the time of the Gold Rush. They even have a sound and light show of the Eureka Stockade called 'Blood on the Southern Cross' (And an excellent lollie shop - hard boiled sweets, all kinds of chocolates and fudge - yum!). Another place that focuses on history in Ballarat is Kryal Castle. They focus on English medieval times. It's more of a place for parents to take their kids - who can have a go at archery if they want.
As we ventured out of Sorrento on our way to Geelong, we took the Sorrento-Queenscliff Ferry. As we neared Queenscliff, we saw three distinct lighthouses out toward the ocean. The farthest in the distance, and probably one of the most important to the Port Phillip Bay is the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse. From Geelong, you would take the 110 highway toward Queenscliff, then follow the signs to Point Lonsdale.
There is a very nice little pier you can also walk out on to get a good view of the lighthouse, or you can venture down onto the beach for a stroll. There was alot of safe slow moving water here, so it would also be a good place to bring your children if you are travelling with them.
I recently got my nosed pierced and went straight to Purely Piercing to get it done. This is because Purely Piercing has a high reputation - one that is well deserved. They are strict on hygiene (so no Piercing guns are used), and they give essential aftercare (to make sure your body reacts well to your chosen piercing). There is an age limit on some types of piercings (a parent/guardian may have to be present for those under 16/18).
Their pricing is very reasonable. They have a large range of designs for different kinds of jewellery/piercings. The staff are fun and friendly, they're out and out cool.
Update: I no longer have my nose pierced as I had to keep removing it for my work (nose-rings weren't allowed), but if it weren't for my job, I'd get it done again.
Fairy Park has been in Anakie forever. Fairy Park is Australia's first and oldest theme park.
It used to be coin operated when I was a little girl. Now all the fairy tales are operated by pushing buttons at the front of the displays.
Fairy Park has displays of a lot of the fairy tales that you tell your children, such as:
Jack and the Beanstalk
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Hansel and Gretel
You can take a picnic lunch or barbecue lunch (coin operated barbecues) - there are lots of tables and chairs, and covered dining areas.
Birthday parties are popular at Fairy Park and you often see big parties happening.
Even the big children (us adults) like to go and see the fairy tales and play in the Camelot playground. There is a model railway display, too.
It is a nice day out and not too far out of Geelong.
Adults AU$7.00, Children AU$3.50 (these prices may not be current)
Opening Hours are from 10.00 am - 5.00 pm.
Directions from Geelong - Take the Ballarat Road from Geelong (A300), turn right on to the Geelong-Ballan Road (C141). Follow this road through Anakie until you reach Fairy Park.
Buckley Falls is an absolutely gorgeous region of Geelong. A true nature lovers delight.. and almost within the city.
There are walking trails, bike trails, picnic areas and parks, for an enjoyable day.
Located 30 minutes from Geelong towards Melbourne.
Little River-Ripley Road, Little River
I have yet to go to the Sanctuary.
Apparantly they are reponsible for the conservation and breeding of rare and endanged species.
The Sanctury conducts tours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and bookings are essential.
Lara and Lara Lake lies between Melbourne and Geelong and at the foothills of the You Yangs mountain range and is one of the towns natural attractions. Lara Lake is found on the west side of HovellsCreek and where the first primary school was built.
The best thing about Geelong is that is close to so many great attractions both inland and coastal.
the fact its only an hour away from Melbourne makes a day trip worth while if you happen to be crashing at ombre's house (hope ya paying in beer )
this photo is hardly on the beaten track it's taken at one one geelong's best spots Geelong foreshore
At the entrance to Buckley falls is this sign. Located in the car park area, just to make sure you don't take the wrong trail.
A sight to behold...I have seen a number of rainbows since here in Geelong, and I have to say, they are some of the best I have seen.. Often they are doubles.
The Australian bush is like no other, and it has a charm all it's own. I especially love the huge contrast with our gum trees.
A quiet moment, just taking in the tranquil surroundings... Sitting by the water can be so calming, and so good for the soul.
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