Category Archives: Western District

Hopkins Falls, Cudgee.

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The Hopkins River, swollen by late winter rains and floods upstream.
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Hopkins Falls, which are little more than a trickle during summer and autumn, pound into the river bed below.
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A rainbow!
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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.

Otway Fly

I love places that challenge the popular stereotypes that many people hold about Australia – the beach, the desert, the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and Uluru.

Weeaproinah is one of the wettest places in the state of Victoria. Although it’s very close to the coast, this locality at the end of the Otway Ranges boasts magnificent mountain ash rainforest that contrasts lush green foliage with tall, straight tree trunks. Birds and wildlife abound.

The Otway Fly is a treetop walk and/or zipline adventure through the forest, taking advantage of different levels and heights, and allowing visitors to experience different aspects of the Australian bush.

 

 

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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LAKE COLAC FORESHORE

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A path along the foreshore and up to the rotunda contains bricks engraved with dedications and messages from local people. This was definitely my favourite. 2015-04-13 15.55.58 Lake Colac

The artwork is in the shape the footpad of the Tachyglossus, a now-extinct relative of the echidna. It includes totems of the local Gulidjan/Kolacgnat tribe as well as a boomerang, a gum tree leaf and an outline of Red Rock, a dormant volcano visible on the other side of the lake. It is surrounded by native grasses and plants, and a stone wall that represents British settlement. 
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