Archive | January 2014

Cape Nelson lighthouse

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Cape Nelson lighthouse is near Portland in western Victoria. It overlooks and protects ships sailing the Southern Ocean. It’s also one of the stops on the Great South West Walk and is a popular spot for whale watching. Some of the cottages in the complex are being let as holiday accommodation, a trend that I’ve noticed at most of the lighthouses I’ve visited.

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Lighthouses on Kangaroo Island

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Continuing the theme on lighthouses I have visited, here are two of the three on Kangaroo Island that I went to on a road-trip that included Kangaroo Island.

The first two photos are of the lighthouse at Cape Willoughby on the north-eastern side of the island. It’s quite a long drive to this part of the island. As we approached we could see the sky darkening due to an impending storm. Luckily it was slow-moving though. We had enough time to walk around, stop at the cellar door in the foreground of the top photo and head back to town. You can see how gray the sky was getting as we left.

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This photo was taken at Cape du Couedic lighthouse on the south-west side of the island. There are lots of spectacular natural and man-made features on this part of the island.

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Cape Schank Lighthouse

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Cape Schank is at the southernmost point of the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. It overlooks Bass Strait which separates Victoria and Tasmania. The lighthouse was built in 1859 and is 21 metres tall.

The air felt so fresh and clear when I parked my car, gathered my camera bag and took off for a walk. There are two paths and I first took the one that lead away from the lighthouse but towards the cliffs. I wanted to be able to get some photos of how the lighthouse sits in its surrounding. There is a boardwalk that takes you out to the cliffs so you are looking back on to the lighthouse. I didn’t walk all the way out there because I did have some time restrictions so went to the first lookout and took some photos from there. I was really lucky to have a lot of blue sky. In Melbourne it was a very dull day but on the coastline it was beautiful and sunny with just a light breeze.

I retraced my steps to the carpark and kiosk where I bought a ticket to be able to go into the lighthouse compound. There’s not a lot to the compound; just the lighthouse, the keeper’s cottage and some other cottages which are let as self-catering accommodation. It is a great place to get away from everything and relax for a few days. The lighthouse keeper’s cottage also holds a museum. As well as the history of this lighthouse, it also details the history of lighthouses around the world. Although only a small museum, it’s really interesting.

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The below transcript is on the wall of the museum. I’ve read this before but still find it funny.

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The Stokehouse: Iconic Melbourne restaurant burns down.

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Yesterday I was one of many people that were very sad to hear that this beautiful, iconic restaurant in the beachside suburb of St Kilda had burned down on Friday night. So many people have celebrated special occasions in this fine-dining restaurant. I celebrated my 40th birthday there. It was very memorable because of the food, service and the view of Port Phillip Bay on a hot, Summer day. The building itself was a 110 year old weatherboard building that looked like a beach house. I believe the owners are going to rebuild and I look forward to going again when it reopens.

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Melting Melbourne

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Today is roughly the middle of Summer in the southern hemisphere. And boy, don’t we know it. While much of the northern hemisphere has to cope with record low temperatures, we are going through a heatwave this week. Today was our third day in a row of 40 deg plus and we will have one more tomorrow before a cool change comes through and cools us down for the following week. Todays photo was taken after 9pm and even as I type this (at 10.40pm) it is 32.1 degrees. Unfortunately there are lots of bushfires blazing around both Victoria and South Australia. In the last 24 hours, more than 1,000 bushfires have been reported.

There has been some debate about how many days of hot weather constitutes a heatwave. Sections of the media like to call one hot day day a heatwave. I’ve always thought of a heatwave as being four days or more of 40 degrees C (104 degrees F). Yesterday the Bureau of Meteorology defined heatwave as “being three or more days of unusually high maximum and minimum temperatures in any area. ABC weather guru Graham Creed says there are three grades of heatwave, with severe and extreme posing the most serious risk.”

Some people have been posting photos on social media showing ice cream melting in 8.5 seconds when it is spilt on the hot concrete. Others have shown how quick it is to fry eggs in a frying pan. This hasn’t stopped sports-mad Melburnians from going to the numerous sporting events in the city. On Tuesday (the first day of this heatwave), more than 60,000 people attended the Australian Tennis Open, an A-League soccer game and a T20 cricket game in the CBD (including me).