Category Archives: Mountains

Halls Gap, The Grampians.

The locals are very friendly when there’s food about!

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One of many rugged escarpments.

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Overlooking Lake Wartook from the road from Halls Gap to Mackenzie Falls.

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Trees regenerating after devastating bushfires.
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Breathtaking scenery in every direction.
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Mt Leura and Mt Sugarloaf, Camperdown.

I don’t know about you, but I love a stormy sky and the different qualities it brings to the landscape.

Mt Leura is relatively small for a ‘mountain’, but it does afford a spectacular view of the “lakes and craters” landscape of this dormant volcanic region.

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Overlooking Camperdown.

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Looking north – the rain is coming!
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Looking northeast.
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Looking east, over Lake Corangamite toward Colac.
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Mt Sugarloaf – a perfectly conical formation nestled beside Mt Leura.

Mt Elephant, Derinallum.

Mt Elephant rises from the virtually flat terrain near Derinallum in Victoria. Its name is derived from its resemblance to the profile of a resting elephant. It’s a familiar landmark to anyone driving through the countryside between Camperdown and Lismore in the Western District of Victoria.

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Mt Elephant as seen from the Camperdown-Lismore Road.
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A closer view, from the Camperdown-Derinallum Road.

RED ROCK LOOKOUT, ALVIE.

Red Rock is a dormant volcano near Alvie in western Victoria which offers spectacular views of lakes, craters and dramatic landforms that are the result of volcanic action over thousands of years. It is believed to be a younger volcano than others nearby such as Tower Hill near Warrnambool, Lake Purrumbete near Camperdown, and Mt Elephant at Derrinallum. The views from the lookout are breathtaking: craters, lakes, hills and folds that rise dramatically out of the earth, and a patchwork of farms that thrive on the rich volcanic soil.It’s no wonder they call this “Lakes and Craters Country”.

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On Coragulac Hill near the peak of Red Rock, is the War Memorial for Alvie and Dreeite servicemen who fought “for God, King and Country” as stated on the stone memorial. As I stood and read the names, I was very aware of the fact that it was exactly 100 years ago that some of these men were fighting and dying for our freedom.  I spent two minutes in silence and finished with “Lest We Forget”.  It just seemed like the right thing to do.

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OTWAY RANGES SCENERY.

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Lofty mountain ash and other gum trees in the old-growth forest with tree ferns lining the edge of the road.

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Younger trees pushing the boundaries of the car park at Melba Gully.

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A view through a forestry/logging area deeper into the Otway Ranges. 

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Kangaroos enjoying a feed on fresh green grass in a clearing on the road into a logging area. 

Halls Gap, Victoria, Australia.

Halls Gap is a picturesque small town nestled in the Grampians National Park, which features a breathtaking mountain range that rises sharply out of the flat land surrounding them in northern Victoria, Australia. Kangaroos, kookaburras and possums are frequent visitors to campsites and eating areas. Emus, kangaroos and other wildlife roam freely through the natural Australian bush.

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