Saturday, June 12, 2010

Nearly 5000km later ....

..... we're home from our trip to Melbourne and Adelaide.

In the next couple of weeks I will post more photos of various areas we visited, but just for now here is a mini travelogue between home and Adelaide.

On the road to the Yarra Valley.

Tesselars Bulb Farm in the Dandenong Ranges.

The Yarra River from the Swanston St. Bridge, Melbourne. Taken on the way to the State Theatre for the opera, Fledermaus.

The Sorrento to Queenscliff Ferry crossing Port Phillip Bay. Two ferries run in opposite directions every hour, 12 hours a day, all year round. The 40 minute trip saves many kms of city travelling across Melbourne.

Quaint hotel in Queenscliff.

Lorne, a popular holiday town on the Great Ocean Road.

The coast at Lorne.

Along the twisting Great Ocean Road, skirting the cliffs.

A sign that could mean the difference between life and death on this narrow, winding road.

But not all of the Great Ocean Road skirts the coast; much of it runs through beautiful farmland and tall bushland.

Loch Ard Gorge, near Port Campbell, named after a famous shipwreck. (More on that in coming days.)

'The Razorback'

Tower Hill Nature Reserve near Warrnambool.

Emus.

Thousands of birds nest in the cliffs at Tower Hill, an extinct volcano.

Port Fairy.

Wind farms between Port Fairy and Portland.

Overlooking the Portland Harbour from our lunch stop.

The Blue Lake at Mt. Gambier, South Australia.

Mt. Gambier.


Mid 19th Century home of famous Australian poet, Adam Lindsay Gordon, at Port McDonnell.

Approaching sunset over the Coorong, Meningee, South Australia.


10 comments:

Frankie said...

Nice trip on the left handside of the road!!! I quite like your 'quaint hotel'. Did you meet any ghost?

Catsngrams said...

What beautiful pictures. What beautiful country. Thank you so much for sharing.

diane said...

What a great trip. It brought back memories of when we were down there.

Kerri said...

Lovely to see you back. You were missed!
What a beautiful, scenic trip you had. I'd love to drive the Great Ocean Road. The Razorback and those other jutting rock formations are amazing!
Always love seeing the beautiful Aussie coastline. The Blue Lake is gorgeous too.
That's such a quaint old cottage, and especially pretty with the gardens.
Oh, those glorious Aussie sunsets.
Thanks for sharing your trip, dear friend, and welcome home!

Puss-in-Boots said...

Sounds like your trip was great fun. The Great Ocean Road is on my list of places to go...one day, one day.

Laura in Paris said...

What great pictures you're sharing with us today. I look forward to seeing and reading more.

racheld said...

Ut's lovely to have you home---and all those souvenirs in your bags are simply stunning.

More later when I've had time to give each one the proper time.

Ava said...

Enjoyed the picture tour very much! I came over from "Abandoned's" blog. Thank you!

Noella said...

Brings back great memories of growing up in Victoria. Your photos are beautiful.

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