Winter Outings – Pirianda Gardens

Located on Hacketts Road, Olinda is the quiet and unassuming Pirianda Gardens. We have not visited this site before and had not even heard of it, even though we must have driven past this road 100s of times before. It is right near the RJ Hamer Arboretum, which is the easy way in on this dirt track.…

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Our Tasmanian Adventure – Day 7 (Part 2)

We arrived at the Port Arthur Historic Sites at 9am just as they were opening, we like to get to some of these places earlier, to avoid the crowds. We had blue skies and light winds, perfect for a mornings exploring. Port Arthur involved LOTS of walking and plenty of historic buildings in various forms…

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Our Tasmanian Adventure – Day 6

We drove back to Richmond and spent a lovely morning exploring this historic village, which reportedly has the oldest Goal (jail), Bridge and the oldest remaining Catholic church in Australia, all were gorgeous. Based in the heart of Coal River Valley wine region, it was ablaze with autumn colour, with so many wonderful old buildings. We…

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WPC – Weathered

One thing I love to photograph in my travels is the old, the weathered, the abandoned and the forgotten. Relics of the past that rarely seem to be noticed, I find beauty in their decay. Stories could be told from the years that they have stood the test of time, so many seasons they have stood, through sun…

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Victorian Lighthouses – Cape Liptrap

In 2015 and 2016 I embarked on a voyage of learning and adventure by following the Victorian Coast looking for both Lighthouses and shipwrecks and have written many a post. We have been from Wonthaggi all the way to the South Australian border (and beyond). Victoria’s coastline is often rugged and exceptionally beautiful, the fertile…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Heritage

I have visited many places of late that could be considered Heritage, many of them are Heritage listed. But I thought for this week WPC – Heritage, I would focus on Coal Creek Historical Village in Korumburra in Victoria, it is a whole village focusing on the Black Coal Rush Heritage of Victoria in the…

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An update on the Mahogany Ship

In December 2015 Moth and I drove The Great Ocean Road and did the Victorian Shipwreck Coast, I wrote numerous blog posts about all the stop; along with, all the lighthouses and shipwrecks. One such post I wrote was about the Mahogany Ship; which has been raised to near Urban Legend Status, with so many…

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The year that was……..2016

2016 was a turbulent year, on a personal note I had many highs and some fabulous adventures, but globally there was so much sadness. 2016 was a terrible year for singers, writers and actors; Jon English, Prince, David Bowie, Glen Frey, we lost Alan Rickman and Gene Wilder and now George Michael and Carrie Fischer;…

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Spring Outings – Mont de Lancey Homestead

Built in 1867 Mont de Lancey by Henry Sabire the estate had humble beginnings and was one of the early settlers in the are of Wandin in the Yarra Valley, about one hour from Melbourne. More history can be read here. We visited on this occasion for the Draught Horse & Vintage Machinery Weekend  A fun…

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Weekend Wanderings – Guilfoyle’s Volcano

On a recent trip to the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens we stopped at Guilfoyle’s Volcano and spent quite a bit of time there, Guilfoyle’s Volcano was built in 1876 and was used to store water for the botanic gardens. After lying idle for 60 years, it was restored as part of a significant landscape development…

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