The locals are very friendly when there’s food about!
Overlooking Lake Wartook from the road from Halls Gap to Mackenzie Falls.
People often think of Australia as hot, dry and dusty. They’re not altogether wrong, but it’s not always like that.
A line from one of my favourite Australian poems talks of Australia as a land “of droughts and flooding rains”.
We’ve certainly had those flooding rains lately.
Mt Emu Creek usually meanders quite sedately through farmland in western Victoria where I live, and joins up with the Hopkins River north of Warrnambool.
Recently though, it turned the farmland into a floodplain and created some new, beautiful imagery of its own.
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 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.
The no-through road runs along the eastern ridge of the northern end of Devils Gully. You can see right across the gully to the farms, feedmills and the road to Warrnambool on the other side. Walking down the road, the gully opens up to afford views of patchworked farm paddocks and the trees that line fences and laneways. Old farm buildings and an abandoned house add authentic rustic character to the scenery.
The Stony Rises are found between Camperdown, Pirron Yallock and Cobden in Victoria’s Western District.
The fields are full of volcanic rock, a testament to the fact that the dormant volcanoes in the area were once far more active than they are now. Ever since settlement, local farmers have used these rocks to create stone walls that divide their farms into paddocks. While some have fallen into disrepair, others are still maintained and used today.
A view through a forestry/logging area deeper into the Otway Ranges.
Kangaroos enjoying a feed on fresh green grass in a clearing on the road into a logging area.