You willsee horse shoe formation...the fact is that the chopper guide speaks so fast I could hardly pick out which is which formations....
Pudding Basin Rock,
Lord Ard Gorge
and many more
The 12 Apostles are giant rocks stacks which form part of the spectacular Port Campbell National Park.
There are only 10 apostles left since their naming, as two have since collapsed.
I think these are one of the most photographed formation in Australia.
The walk is about 30-45 minutes, easy walk and is suitable for all ages.
Becos you are in the rainforest, even though it is an ultra hot summer, you feel the tranquil cool temperature, hear the crickets, and sounds of stream flowing etc. A track wanders through fern glades and rainforest among tall stands of beech, messmate and other hardwoods. Ther eis a really tall tree in there...one also was hollow!!!
A boardwalk and viewing platform are located beneath the old Beech tree (Nothofagus Cunninghamii). Due to its unusual growth, combining two or three trees, the 300 year old tree has been registered on the historic register of the Natural Trust.
This place was set aside by the Forests Commission in the early 1900s. The name Maits Rest is taken from the districts first forester Maitland Bryant.
Around the time of the 1st World War, Maitland would rest his horses at this point on his way from Apollo Bay to Horden Vale.
The diversity of vegetation ranges from rich fern gullies to the towering eucalypts with combinations of understorey plants.
Pirces of property in Lorne grew drastically and people moved on to set homes at Apollo Bay.
Apollo Bay was first visited in 1840 by the Henty brothers, founders of Portland and Mount Gambier. It was then a whaling place
where the golf course is today.
The first permanent settlers were timber cutters who came around 1850 and shipped their product via schooners and small ships from the crescent shaped beach, which is a feature of the town. It takes its name from the sailing ship 'Apollo' which visited there, although it was originally named Middleton.
The towns take their names from the rivers in the United Kingdom and were originally called "The Wye" and "The Kennet".
In 1882, Alex and Donald MacRae of Birregurra, with their cousin Alex MacLennan of Barwon Downs, Rode from Lorne along the coast looking for a suitable place for farming and fishing. The MacRae brothers settled in Wye, and McLennan went on to Kennet. (The second t in Kennett was added in the 1960's when a sign was mis-spelt. It has nothing to do with the former Victorian Premier, Jeff Kennett. You wil niotice lots of notice boards with T deleted etc becos there seems to be some anger over the Premier
Favorite thing: This is the start point marking the Great Ocean Road....it was such a joke...I wanted a picture of myself standing in front of the wooden entrance...but my friends wanted picture by the coast instead...... I really pity the camera men
Favorite thing: Our next stop was at Lorne where we spent a wonderful day checking out the small town. Here you can take a walk up and down the main street and still cannot decide which place to have a good meal - there is simply one too many good places. You may like to check out the tourist info outlet which is ultyra helpful and they have a list of great places to eat in Lorne. You can also take a hike to Erskine Fall.
To me the most spectacular route in Victoria would be the Great Ocean Road...it is such a marvelous drive with great beaches, surf sea, white beaches and also lots of rocks jutting from the deep blue green sea!!!
It is truelly a must for all travellers....simply breathaking
Fondest memory: Our first stop was at a Anglesea. we stopped over for breakfast and my choice was to have my all time favourite sausage roll with lots of ketchup and a nice cuppa hot tea!
I first moved to Melbourne from New Zealand 16 years ago and settled into the lifestyle very quickly. After a few years living there I moved to Singapore for a while, only to return to Melbourne and live there another few years. Melbourne is a great place to visit and to live. There is so much to do, the range of arts and cultural activities are huge, there is always something going on in and around the city. I cannot even begin to stress the fabulous restaurants that you can find in Melbourne. There are also the wineries scattered around Victoria to visit and sample. The State has most things that you could ever want from great skiing, to nice beaches (although not all), mountain ranges and valleys and rugged coastline.
The only thing not going for it is the famous Melbourne weather. You can easily have 4 seasons in one day. It can get really cold in winter (although not snow) and go to the extreme in Summer when the wind blows down from the dessert. Within half an hour the temperature can drop 10C or more. I hope to return to live there again one day.
Wagga Wagga is a major centre for industry, commerce, education and agriculture and is the home of two military bases. The town is known for its cultural pursuits and performing arts. During Mar: Australian Veterans Games (even numbered years)
The Museum of the Riverina is a new regional museum attached to the Wagga Wagga City Council.
Mount Gambier, the commercial centre of the South East of South Australia is a thriving city of over 23,000 residents and is set in a unique and ancient landscape of volcanic craters, lakes, caves and mysterious underground waterways.
The city is in the centre of the largest softwood pine plantation in the Commonwealth and surrounded by rich farming, horticulture, viticulture and dairy country. The white Mount Gambier stone used in most buildings, together with fine parks and gardens make an attractive environment. There are markets, each Sat, Fletcher Jones Complex, Feb: Country Music Festival. May: Generations in Jazz. Dec: Carols by Candlelight.
Heritage walks, crater lakes, scenic drives, wildlife reserve, picnicking, boardwalks, fairy tale park, river cruises
Situated between Adelaide and Melbourne it makes the ideal stopover for those traveling to and from the Great Ocean Road, the Grampians or the Coorong and the perfect destination for the extended stay to enjoy the natural and cultural beauty of the surrounding region, the caves and sinkholes, coastline, rivers, lakes and wineries.
Set on the banks of the Murray, Swan Hill boasts an enjoyable Mediterranean climate. Swan Hill provides a unique blend of history with a host of modern facilities. Numerous attractions with ample quality accommodation make Swan Hill an excellent holiday destination.
From the historic Pioneer Settlement, regional Art Gallery, historic homesteads, numerous wineries to of course daily cruises on the PS Pyap and MV Kookaburra. Swan Hill also offers excellent sporting facilities including six noteworthy golf courses. Vinifera and Nyah state forests are located to the North of Swan Hill. Tooleybuc further North, Robinvale, Balranald, Euston and Nyah all provide excellent site seeing destinations for visitors. Tyntynder, 17 km north of the town, has a small museum of pioneering and Aboriginal relics whilst Lake Boga, 16 km to the south, has waterskiing, fishing and boating.
Swan Hill is an historic town. In 1853 Francis Cadell in his paddle steamer Lady Augusta navigated the Murray from its mouth in South Australia reaching Swan Hill, his farthest point upstream. The boat was welcomed by the whole of the town's population - 12 people. The town grew up around the punt crossing, as it was the only crossing of the Murray within 100 km. Robert O'Hara Burke and William Wills crossed the Murray here in 1860. The punt operated until 1896 until it was superseded by a bridge.The Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement was established in 1961 to recreate the thriving river port of the 1860s to the 1890s. The settlement has an old locomotive, a working blacksmith's shop and an old newspaper office, as well as many other relics of pioneer days. In 1973 the PS Murray River Queen, the largest-ever Murray River paddle-steamer, was launched for tourist operation between Swan Hill and Goolwa.
Favorite thing: The name Yarrawonga was derived from the local Aboriginal word meaning ‘water running over rocks’. First settled by whites in 1842, the settlement remained relatively small until opened for closer settlement in the 1930’s. The completed construction of the Yarrawonga Weir across the Murray River in 1939 allowed the town to grow further opening up an Inland Aquatic Paradise on the banks of Lake Mulwala. With 6,000 hectares of lake and 3,000 hours of sunshine each year, Yarrawonga has been promoted and developed as a perfect holiday and retirement destination. Yarrawonga and its sister town, Mulwala, offer all the facilities our visitors expect and year-round tourist activities. We proudly boast about our conference facilities, world class competition golf courses, and water ski park, boat cruises, ski and para-sailing rides, museums, fishing tours, horse trail rides and more endless camping areas, superb accommodation and the picturesque Murray River
Echuca and its twin town Moama,& across the river in NSW,& are at the junction of the Murray,& Campaspe and Goulburn rivers. Now a city and once Australia's largest inland port,& Echuca took its name from an Aboriginal word meaning 'meeting of the waters'. In town,& Feb: Southern 80 Ski Race from torrumbarry Weir to Echuca,& Riverboats,& Food and Jazz and Wine Festival. Apr: Barmah Muster. June: Steam,& Horse and Vintage Car Rally.
Paddle steamer,& museum,& camping,& fishing,& water sports,& bushwalking,& go-kart track,& wetland cruises,& canoes
Favorite thing: Warrnambool is 257km SW of Melbourne on Lady Bay,& where the Princes Hwy meets the Great Ocean Road. This beautiful seaside city has first-class sporting,& cultural and entertainment facilities and well maintained parks and gardens. In town during Feb: Wunta Fiesta (family entertainment and stalls). May,& Racing Carnival. Oct: Melbourne-Warrnambool Cycling Classic,& Spring Orchid Show.
Panoramic city views are breathtaking from this ideal location on the famous South bank Promenade....more
308-310 High Street, Princes Highway M1, Belmont, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Good for: Couples
Had a wonderful 5 day stay in this Hotel, conveniently located close to Sovereign Hill. The staff...more