The lighthouse sits atop jagged cliffs, more than 50m above the sea on the Victorian coast at Portland. I think this is where I fell in love with lighthouses. Ever since, if I’m near a lighthouse I just have to go and see it. This one is still operational and provides a beacon over Bass Strait, one of the most dangerous waters in the world.
The old cottages have been converted to accommodation since we visited but the lighthouse is no longer manned. Technology does all the work now.
Highfield House, Stanley, Tasmania. This wing of the house contains the kitchen on the ground level and the staff quarters upstairs. The house was built in the 1830’s when Australia was still very young.
Dawn Princess cruise ship, docked at Mason Cove at Port Arthur
I was fascinated to find out that the sinkhole used to be a cave but the top collapsed. The topsoil provided the perfect environment for a sunken garden. They weren’t blooming when we were there but they were still beautiful.
The Blue Lake sits in an extinct volcano. It is actually one of four crater lakes in Mt Gambier. One of the others is just on the other side of the road. For most of the year it is a regular deep blue colour but in November, and almost overnight, the colour changes to a deep, intense blue. This normally lasts until February and by March it has returned to its normal colour.
All three of the above photos, when placed side-by-side, give a panoramic view of the lake.
The Pumping Station below is still used to provide fresh drinking water for Mt Gambier.
Larry the Lobster sits outside The Big Lobster cafe in the small South Australian town of Kingston SE. He is nicknamed Larry the Lobster and was built to attract people and encourage them to stop and try some of the local food and wine. It certainly worked for us. After driving for hours without a break it was just what we needed.
Wellington, South Australia is the original punt crossing on the Murray River. It is run by the South Australian government. Every day it ferries cars, trucks and caravans from one side of the river to the other. It’s a quaint step back in time but is much cheaper than building a bridge apparently.
By the time we drove to Cape Willoughby along a very rough road, a storm was approaching. In the end it didn’t hit land but moved out to sea. The result was the very moody sky in the above photo. The building in the foreground is the cellar door for Dudley Wines. We had just left there
Kingscote is the largest town on Kangaroo Island with a population of around 2,000. It was established in 1836. At one stage they thought it could become the capital of South Australia but it was later decided it didn’t have enough resources so the capital was established in Adelaide on the mainland. It’s a really nice town with some great architecture. I’d love to go back there one day and spend more time exploring both Kingscote and the whole island.
This is my favourite photo taken on our road trip in Victoria and South Australia. It’s one of my favourite photos I’ve ever taken.
Admiral’s Arch is in Cape du Couedic in Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island. It was quite a long walk along the boardwalk that lead down to the arch. We were really tired because it had been a long day of driving, catching the ferry then driving another 100kms to the other end of Kangaroo Island. We almost decided not to continue, not knowing what we were going to look at. A man overheard us talking about not continuing and stopped to tell us it is definitely worth the walk. We decided to continue. The boardwalk got very windy and every step I took down the stairs, I thought about having to walk back up. I really was that tired.
Once we got to the bottom and turned around we saw the arch and thought ‘Wow’. It was stunning. Especially as the sun was setting over the ocean behind the arch. I hardly noticed the walk back up all the steps with the memory of Admiral’s Arch.
The Remarkable Rocks sit on a hill on the edge of the island. They are made of granite and have been smoothed over millions of years. One side is very steep and slips down into the ocean. You can walk up on to the rocks but can’t go past a certain point because it is too slippery. They are covered by a beautiful orange lichen that gives the rocks a lot of interest. It’s pretty spectacular at different times of the day in different light.
I took this photo on a recent cruise on the Dawn Princess. Our stateroom was a fair way down the hall so it felt like we had to do a lot of walking to get to the stairs and elevators. One day I turned around and realised how long it actually was so I decided to take a couple of photos. This photo doesn’t even show the full length of the hallway.
These cute but very noisy Australian Sea Lions call Seal Bay home. There are different tours you can do to see them. We chose the Boardwalk tour because it was a self-guided tour but unfortunately we weren’t allowed on to the beach to get close to them. To do that you have to do the guided tour. We were able to watch them making their way very slowly up the beach to their homes in the sand dunes. You can almost feel their pain as they drag their heavy bodies across the sand. They have filled up on so much food from the sea that they can hardly move. Some don’t make it in one go and have to have a nap before completing their journey. They are very cute to watch though.